When we experience cavity insulation problems like dampness, it can be a real blow, both to us as the homeowners and for the property itself. Dampness is one of the biggest cavity insulation problems and comes about when the insulation is put in without checking that gaps in the brickwork have been sealed from the outside or that ventilation is up to the task of moving the air and water particles which now have less room to escape.
The dampness can build up in and around the cavity insulation and it can then spread to the rest of the walls, floor, and ceiling and cause serious structural damage which will require expert contractors and even more money to be spent. Structural renovations can be a necessity for severe damage.
Coastal areas and those in remote parts of the countryside are most at risk of being affected by dampness and other problems with cavity wall insulation. Experts believe that with properties exposed to the harsh weather conditions, the brickwork is at a greater risk of being weathered or eroded which will, in turn, allow the rainwater and snow to get into the new cracks where it then settles. It may be absorbed by the insulation, which can then get damp, or it may simply sit on the exposed areas inside the home and cause the floorboards, for example, to rot unless adequate ventilation is in place to clear it away.
How to Deal with Cavity Wall Problems
Anybody who has watched one of the many DIY shows on television will probably be aware of the benefits associated with insulating the home, including reduced heat loss and lower heating bills with the warm air kept inside the property and the cold air outside where it belongs. However, even the very best DIY enthusiasts will tell you that there are still issues with types of insulation with many experiencing cavity wall problems throughout their careers in the DIY world – either professionally or as an amateur enthusiast.
Cavity wall problems include dampness, something that has the potential to cause serious damage to the home if left untreated, leaving many of us wondering why we bother installing the insulation in the first place only to have to rip it all up again and even having to pay for cavity wall construction if the dampness gets too bad that the property becomes structurally unsafe.
There is also the potential for black mold to develop on particularly cold walls which may not be fully insulated, or on areas of the property where the insulation doesn’t reach. In other cases where the insulation in the cavity itself has got damp, it may be that the wrong materials have been used. Many cases are found in exposed areas such as on the coast or on hilltops. In this instance, cavity wall insulation may not be the ideal solution and you should seek professional advice from other companies, or speak with neighbors to find out what insulation they have used to keep their homes warm and dry.