It simply means filling the cavity between two brick wall skins with an insulating material that slows the thermal movement through the wall. It keeps your home cooler during summer and keeps your home warmer in winter. This insulation is invisible, inexpensive and quick to install. It lowers your heating cost and also reduces your carbon footprint.
Damp problems, humidity and damages in homes have been reported by many home owners due to poor or inferior insulation. Homeowners with these problems are entitled to a cavity wall insulation claim which includes cost of redecorating and compensation for the inconvenience and also may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury due to the health problems caused by toxic black mould and other health threats caused by poor insulation.
Moulds are developed due to poor insulated cavity walls due to this, water penetrates into the walls creating problem structurally and also wet spot which sometimes might cause health problems including respiratory disease. Formaldehyde can be converted to chemical fumes because it degrades over time.
Good insulations depend on the quality of material used and also on the workmanship. But this day’s modern insulation does not pose as much risk as the ancient one. Expanded polystyrene (EPS) and polyurethane foam are quite commonly used today. They have no health effects and are waterproof.
How Do I Know If The Insulation In My Home Is Faulty?
Here are some hints that your insulation may be faulty:
- Mould, condensation or moisture since the installation of the insulation
- Masonry damage
- No noticeable increase in heat or temperature
- Visible holes in the walls.
- Ventilation holes blocked.
- Woods becomes rotten
- Peeling wallpaper.
- Persistent coughing
- Toxic Black moulds
Common Installation Faults
1. Slumping Insulation
When the materials are slumps it creates a bridge for water to penetrate through the inner wall from the outer wall leaving cold spot that causes condensation to dampness and then finally mould
2. Urea Formaldehyde
During decomposition, this material loses its insulating properties and poses health risk due to the chemical gases that is released
3. Bad Finishing
Lately we have seen many cases of improperly installed insulation where the wrong hole pattern or blowing pressure left cold areas that could cause condensation and damp.
4. Insulation Damaged By Flood/Water
Your insulation may have been damaged by floods or damaged drains, allowing water to enter the cavity. When your cavity wall insulation is installed in are exposed to strong wind driven rain, moisture is transferred to the inner part of your property, this gets the wall damaged and becomes risky to health
5. Inappropriate Type Of Building
Porous or mortar buildings are not suitable for insulation of hollow walls, this might lead to your cavity wall being heavily exposed to moistures or voids containing deposit
How Can I Get the Problems Rectified?
It’s the responsibility of the firm to rectify the problem of their insurance company if they are still trading and if not or they refused to rectify it, then the CIGA steps in. The CIGA currently charge £42 for a copy of your guarantee certificate, we have 2 options that will allow you to get a copy of your CIGA Certificate FREE.
Making Your Cavity Wall Insulation Claim
We hear from various clients all the time that they’ve redecorated or re-plastered or both,, but the problems reoccurs. Why suffer any longer, get the issue resolved once and for all and stake your claim to compensation now. Make your cavity wall insulation claim today.