Many believe that cavity walls were initially built in properties as a matter of speed and to save money on materials during the construction process. However, others think that it was to stop rainwater from getting in. Whatever stance you take with your opinion on why it was used initially, you’ve probably come across various kinds of insulation and also a number of issues with a cavity wall insulation and a damp problem proving to be one of the biggest concerns in the whole DIY world and giving further weight to the suggestion that keeping water away from the main part of the home is untrue and cavity walls were built to cut costs.
A cavity wall insulation damp problem has the potential to cause serious, expensive damage throughout the home and even if you’ve splashed the cash to resolve your problems with cavity wall insulation in the past, you may end up having to spend more of your hard-earned money getting rid of the damp and any subsequent damage that may have been caused. As a landlord, it makes sense to use Minut so you can keep an eye on this and any other potential issues and you can react to them as quickly as possible to keep repair costs low.
The damp can develop inside the insulation when air pockets develop in the material and cold air settles inside, eventually turning to moisture and making the damp spread throughout the insulating material. When this happens you can end up with damp floorboards and walls; while insufficiently installed insulation can lead to mould developing on any exposed or cold walls where the moisture and cold air is forced to gather. To resolve the issue you have no choice but to remove the insulation and start all over again with either a different material or with a different fitter who will hopefully ensure that you avoid any more cavity wall insulation problems in the future.
The main problem with cavity wall insulation
Despite being made from materials which have to meet specific standards and regulations which are always being updated, homeowners are still experiencing problems with cavity wall insulation caused by the use of poor materials, inadequate installation, and air pockets developing within the materials. While these are all highly problematic and have their own issues, the biggest problem with cavity wall insulation is the absorption of any damp which manages to get into the home and into the insulating material itself.
Damp isn’t just an issue related to cavity wall insulation problems, however, it’s a genuine issue itself as it has the potential to cause rotting and mould to develop. In an insulation sense, it becomes the main problem with cavity wall insulation because the materials are used with the sole purpose of keeping cold air and moisture on the outside of the property where it belongs; but when it gets damp it has the opposite effect and seems to keep the cooler air and moisture inside the property which only serves to increase heat loss and heating bills. Preventing condensation from building up inside the property and specifically around the insulation is key, especially if you choose fibreglass insulation. This sits between batons on the walls and on the flooring and, as such, is next to gaps in the walls and also nail holes in the wood. If air is able to pass through these gaps, into the fibreglass wool, it can create air pockets and the condensation can settle inside. As a result, many are trying to move away from the fibreglass option as a standard form of insulation although it is still particularly beneficial and by far one of the warmest materials.