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Homeowners Should Test Attics for Asbestos Containing Vermiculite Insulation


EMSL Analytical offers easy asbestos testing solutions to protect people against insulation that may contain cancer causing asbestos fibers.

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For years it has been known that up to 35 million homes across America may be contaminated with asbestos tainted vermiculite insulation. Although not all materials that contain vermiculite have asbestos, many products containing vermiculite and asbestos were sold in the United States until the 1990s.

Millions of homes in the United States were insulated with Zonolite brand vermiculite insulation which has been shown in some cases to contain asbestos. As the holidays approach and people enter attics to retrieve holiday decorations these same individuals need to be aware that they may be exposing themselves to asbestos inhalation. The same is true for the electricians, plumbers, remodelers and others that work in attics with asbestos containing insulation.

It has been shown from countless scientific studies that breathing asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and respiratory diseases. Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers increases the risks of developing these diseases. The amount and type of asbestos fibers inhaled also impacts occupants’ health risks. When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed, asbestos fibers can be released into the air. If inhaled by the building’s occupants they are then at risk for developing asbestos related diseases.

One of the largest asbestos testing laboratories is EMSL Analytical, Inc. They have been providing asbestos analyses since 1981 and currently operate over 30 laboratories across the United States and Canada. “People need to be aware that the insulation in their homes could contain asbestos,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President at EMSL. “Simple and affordable testing of the insulation is all that is needed to determine if a property has asbestos.”

Homeowners wanting asbestos testing should visit to get started. Also a public service video on asbestos supported by EMSL can be viewed at:

To learn more about asbestos please visit, call (800)220-3675 or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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