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We simply cannot reinforce enough the benefits of cavity insulation. It protects your property from heat loss and significantly reduces your gas or electricity bill. It’s the best thing you can do for your home if installed right. However, the dangers of cavity wall insulation causing damp cannot be ignored either.
How can it affect you?
It is a real threat to your health. Mould and damp in your property walls have been linked to causing allergies and asthma. This is something experts like Timberwise can tell you about.
Another danger that comes with cavity wall insulation dampness is the damage to the property itself, from aesthetics, such as peeling wallpaper, and crumbling paint, and interior damage such as decay and mould.
If done right, cavity wall insulation pays for itself. You will always save on your energy bill. If done wrong it costs more than the price to install it. You need to assess whether or not your home is suited for cavity wall insulation.
If you are planning to get your property insulated, get professional advice beforehand. However, if you’ve already had cavity wall insulation installed on your home, and you are seeing signs of the cavity wall insulation causing dampness, talk to an expert right away.
You might need to remove the cavity filling and repair the damage. You won’t have to bear the cost on your own. A cavity wall insulation expert can help you get compensated for the damage the insulation caused to your property. They can find out if the cavity wall insulation was poorly installed or if it shouldn’t have been installed at all.
How To Avoid Damp After Cavity Wall Insulation
If you’ve not already insulated your home start by getting your home professionally reviewed. This will help you find out if your property is suitable for insulation and what type of insulation material is right to use.
You should only work with reputable companies that are part of the National Insulation Association (NIA) and offer a guarantee. Ideally offering the 25-year guarantee by The Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA).
Another way to prevent dampness and other issues with your insulation is to ensure that only high-quality materials are used. A safe bet would be to only use materials that are specified by the British Board of Agreement (BBA).
If you’ve already got insulation work done on your property, you might no longer be in a position to prevent problems. Now you will have to react to it. All you can do is stop or control the damage.
Call in an expert to assess if there is any danger of damp after the insulation construction. If the results show that your property wasn’t meant to be insulated or that something was wrong with the insulation delivery, you can fix the damage by removing the insulation from your walls.
You might be entitled to compensation. This could cover the cost of repairing the damage that faulty insulation caused to your property.
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