Cavity Wall Insulation Problems Can Be Hard To Spot
Even homeowners who are aware that retro-fitting cavity wall insulation can cause problems in older houses and who keep a very close eye for any developing issues can find some of the problems surrounding cavity wall insulation very confusing. After all, most homeowners are not builders, construction experts or architects. Part of the problem is that there are several ways in which cavity wall insulation can cause a problem and this can lead to trouble with identifying the cavity wall as the cause of the actual issues you have.
The process of adding cavity wall insulation can lead to water penetrating the inner wall.
This may be as a result of bad pointing, cracked bricks, cracked render or spalled brickwork but the end result is always a damp house and this can potentially spread from top to bottom. With cavity wall insulation there are other problems that are not caused by rain penetration. It is possible for the house to become very damp even if there is no water ingress because of problems during installation.
Filling your cavity wall with insulation may cause issues with damp even if there is no rain water penetration. Even those homes with excellent bricks and mortar can be affected if the insulation has been installed without the proper checks being carried out beforehand and any necessary treatments carried out. If the insulation is not properly installed you could end up with a colder house because of the dampness in the cavity. The heat will be drained from the property because the walls are constantly wet causing increases in heating bills.
A further way in which a house can develop damp because of the cavity wall insulation is the development of cold spots.
These are areas that occur where there are gaps in the insulation caused by poor installation. The insulation in the cavity wall will warm the home which is fantastic, however, in the places where the insulation was missed – the cold spots – excessive condensation can occur because of the warmer air. The condensation has nowhere to go so it sits, festers and starts causing problems with damp.
Areas to look for condensation caused by problems with cavity wall insulation.
Around the floor on the ground level of the property and near ceilings in the upper floors/bedrooms. Windows and doors are also commonly affected areas.
Prior to installing insulation, a fill check should be carried out on site. This should be done by the installer using a see-through box to check that everything is working as it should, this includes the machines and the insulation, so that any issues can be flagged up before any insulation is placed inside the cavity wall of your home. However, there is evidence to suggest that many installers do not do this so thousands of homes may have incorrectly installed cavity wall insulation.
Another area which is often missed when installing cavity insulation is the removal of rubble from inside the cavity.
Leaving it in place means there is a risk that it will bridge the damp course allowing damp to rise from the bottom upwards. Inside the house, this appears as dampness on skirting boards and on the base of walls.
If you own a property near the coast the chance is that sand has entered the cavity and built up over many years. The cavity should have been thoroughly cleared before insulation was placed as over time sand will rise above the damp course. Installing the insulation without properly preparing the cavity in these circumstances will cause dampness to occur.
This type of damp cavity wall insulation causes some of the worst problems. As the rain hits the ground and gathers, or if an elevation is constantly exposed to the elements, the insulation eventually becomes soaked. This is particularly of concern in areas of the UK where they experience a lot of rain.
Damp and mould cause bad smells, it can damage the fixtures, fittings and furniture and can quickly ruin your décor. However, the most important effect is on the health of the people living in the property. Toxic Black Mould is a serious health hazard and should be dealt with as soon as possible if your damp problem has got this far.
If you are concerned that you may be having some of these issues as a result of a cavity wall insulation problem or you need help and advice about insulation removal or starting a cavity wall insulation claim please don’t hesitate to contact us, our friendly team will be happy to help with free advice, a free survey and free solicitor consultation and should you need it a FREE CIGA Certificate.
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Will I have to contribute towards the cost?
No! The problems you are experiencing from your cavity wall insulation are not your fault. Consequently you are not liable for the cost of taking care of these problems. Poor, improper or unprofessional installation are to blame and the company that installed your installation, their insurance company or the CIGA Guarantee will cover all costs and compensation payments.
Further to that we offer a No Win No Fee arrangement. It really is cost free with free repairs to your property and a large lump sum payment as compensation. Why not get in touch today to make your claim, you literally have nothing to lose in making that initial enquiry and everything to gain! Just complete the simple form above.
What happens if I have a successful claim?
When your claim is successful, cash compensation will be awarded as part of your claim and the total amount will be awarded to you as soon as possible after the claim is successful and the funds become available. The next step is to make repairs and fixes to your property, which could involve cavity wall extraction and/or other work to rectify the issues with your property. Cavity Wall Compensation Claims have a dedicated team of surveyors, solicitors and highly skilled building professionals that can guide you through the whole process. Start your claim now.