Ralli who are one of the leading firms involved in the Cavity wall insulation scandal, have written an article about the cowboys that are appearing in the marketplace with a stark warning. Basically, the very companies that promoted and installed the faulty Cavity wall insulation are now knocking on doors and offering to take it out for a price. Our advice to you is before you sign up with any of these companies, that you take independent legal advice from a claims company or law firm that is already dealing with these cases and maybe consider having a full survey carried out by a qualified professional who can establish whether your cavity wall insulation is the cause of your problems and assess the level of damage and advise you on the best way to solve the issues. It is worth mentioning that if you do intend to pursue a claim with the installation company or CIGA to cover the cost of removal and the remedial work to repair the damage to your home then you should not have the insulation removed until the law firm working on your behalf gives you the go ahead. It is highly unlikely that you
A Step By Step Guide If you are one of the millions of homes that have had cavity wall insulation installed as part of the government drive to reduce carbon emissions and have subsequently suffered from damp, mould, mildew and cold spots as well as, in some cases, wet and dry rot, then you could well be a victim of faulty cavity wall insulation Over 12 million homes in the UK have been fitted with CWI under an incentive driven by the government and funded by the energy companies in the last 5 years or so. It is now becoming clear that this has affected millions of properties and many of the homeowners are totally unaware that their damp problems have been caused by the CWI. It is now becoming clear that there is a major issue with a huge number of these installations and many homeowners are still totally unaware that their damp problems have been caused by the CWI. It is a total mess at the minute and some liken it to the wild West as some companies that have spent the last few years filling people’s homes are now canvassing and offering to take it out, at a
Extracts from World Health Organisation’s Free Brochure , Regarding Damp and Mould in European Homes ‘Damp and mould: why you should care! In Europe, an estimated 10–50% (depending on the country) of the indoor environments where human beings live, work and play are damp. Too much moisture makes a home stuffy and gives it a faint odour. Humid walls create a coldness that makes more heating necessary and increases energy bills. WHO is concerned about this situation because excessive dampness and mould are a threat to health. Occupants of damp or mouldy buildings are at increased risk of experiencing health problems such as respiratory symptoms, respiratory infections, allergic rhinitis and asthma. Some people are more sensitive to mould than others, and some groups are especially vulnerable. Additional effort should be made to keep away from damp and mould babies and children, elderly people, those with existing skin problems, such as eczema, or respiratory problems, such as allergies and asthma, and anyone who is immuno-compromised (e.g., chemotherapy patients). On the other hand, WHO has demonstrated that remedial action works. For example, research shows that people living in well-insulated and adequately ventilated accommodation are less likely to visit their doctor or be
Cavity wall insulation can stop being fit for purpose for a number of reasons. The most common factors that we encounter, fall into 4 main groups; Property wasn’t suitable for CWI installation CWI has degraded prematurely and is actually damaging the thermal qualities of the property. Incorrectly installed CWI (including installation of the wrong type) CWI was damaged due to external factors such as flooding, leaks or fire. As we are already aware, once damp has entered your property, the acute and chronic effects on health can be catastrophic if not dealt with as soon as possible. Establishing the exact cause and how to deal with it is the number one priority. We would normally suggest you contact your original installer or CIGA. If this fails then we can recommend professionals that deal just with this type of issue and they can provide you with an independent assessment of what has gone wrong and what is required to fix it. Unsuitable Property There have been many instances where cavity wall insulation has been fitted into houses which were completely unsuitable for this type of insulation.Typically, steel/ wooden framed buildings. In addition, if a property has poor or damaged brickwork
The cavity in between the inner and outer wall is there for a reason. Since the 1920’s, properties in areas exposed to wind driven rain have been built with a cavity, to act as a dry barrier to prevent damp passing from the porous outer wall, directly in to the house. This doesn’t mean that those exposed properties shouldn’t have CWI installed, but they certainly require very careful surveys, specialist materials and registered professionals, acting as installers. On the map below, traditional CWI types, should not have been used in zones 3 and 4.
Health issues. Pet health. Damage to your home. Escalating heating costs.
The serious issues regarding cavity wall insulation were debated in Parliment where several MP’s spoke, providing details of issues that their constituents had as well as the response of the cavity wall company and CIGA (Cavity Insulation Guarantee Scheme) Amber Rudd was present to answer the questions that were raised and gave her promise that these matters would be looked into and given the full and proper attention that is deserves. You can listen to the transcript of the debate here You can also read the transcript of the debate here