These days it is common for people to assume that cavity wall insulation is essential to owning a warm and cosy house – but in many situations this couldn’t be further from the truth! Far from making your home a warm and dry haven from the elements, cavity wall insulation problems can arise frighteningly fast!
The main issue you will find amongst cavity wall insulation problems, is that cavity wall insulation can cause damp. This may sound contrary to everything you have heard about insulation, but when new insulation is added to old homes, this can open up a can of worms.
Blocking up the cavity wall with insulation can cause damp by creating a convenient pathway for water to travel from the outer wall, through the cavity to the inner wall. Not only does this mean that the insulation you have had installed isn’t doing its job, it will make your home colder and wetter than anyone should have to put up with. If you are still wondering whether cavity wall insulation and damp go hand in hand, let us fill you in before you consider insulation removal.
Sometimes cavity wall insulation damp is caused by a different method – rather than letting in moisture from the outside, cavity wall insulation problems can also be caused by condensation. If the insulation isn’t evenly distributed throughout the cavity wall, cold spots can appear on the walls of your home. When the overall temperature of your home rises, due to the increased insulation, these cold spots condense the warm air, turning it to condensation and creating cavity wall insulation damp.
There is only one way to fix cavity wall insulation problems, and that is insulation removal. Many installation companies advise you to make certain lifestyle changes in order to combat the cavity wall insulation problems, such as leaving windows open and reducing activities that create steam and moisture. This is all well and good, but there’s no getting away from the need to wash and cook in your home – and leaving windows open reduces any heat generated by installing cavity wall insulation in the first place!
As we have said, insulation removal is the only process which will completely eradicate your cavity wall insulation problems – any other methods will just result in increased damage from damp and condensation from your cavity wall insulation problems.
If you would like to know more about our process of insulation removal, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! We are a friendly team, and happy to give advice!