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EXTRACTION OF CAVITY WALL INSULATION
If you have chosen to come to this page I guess you have a problem with the cavity wall insulation in your property, and that could be damp, condensation, black mould or cold spots, and you are considering taking out the cavity wall insulation?
What can I do about damp caused by Cavity Wall Insulation?
According to the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency, damp problems arise in 3 houses out of every 1,000 insulated.
The problems of damp and cavity wall insulation (CWI) are virtually all historical, and were caused by inappropriate insulation being put into inappropriate walls.
Rockwool used to be the main insulation used for Cavity Wall Insulation, this has now been replaced by polystyrene beads which is a much better material for CWI. Even so, when polystyrene beads were first used they used the little white soft polystyrene beads, just like the ones found in "bean bags". In some cases these also caused issues - mainly due to their size, structure and not being very good at repelling water.
Today larger grey polystyrene beads, shaped like a coffee bean are used - which are also impregnated with a water repellent.
But the main problem was caused by salespeople knocking doors telling people they could have CWI for free, and then not carrying out a full pre-installation survey. As a result of this, houses that should never have been insulated were insulated.
In April 2017 the British Board of Agrément (BBA), was put in charge of ensuring that "inappropriate" houses should not be insulated, and this gave birth to the Cavity Assessment Surveillance Scheme (CASS). The BBA are the body responsible for certifying that building materials are "fit for purpose", and lay down how those building materials should be used within the certificate that they issue for that material.
CASS involves a full survey of the property to be insulated taking about 2 hours. The survey of your property includes, but is not limited to, camera shots of the inside of the cavity and other factors which may make a property inappropriate to insulate - these would include factors like the age of property, condition of walls, depth of cavity, construction type, condition of gutters and downpipes,etc.
Leaky gutters and downpipes is one of the main causes of damp in homes.
The photographs and other data are then uploaded onto the BBA platform for auditing. Every survey is audited by the BBA at desktop level, and 1 in 10 are audited with a visit to the property by a BBA surveyor to audit the survey that has been carried out.
This level of "quality control" should resolve the historical problem of insulating inappropriate properties, and therefore the potential for damp caused by CWI.
Up to 2017 CIGA (the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency who issue the 25 year guarantee) states that there could be problems in 3 out of every 1,000 properties who have had CWI.
The actions taken in April 2017 by the British Board of Agrément and the CASS survey, should greatly reduce this figure further.
So, what are your options?
You could pay to have the insulation removed.
A typical semi detached house would cost about £1,600.
That is just to remove the insulation, and does not cover the cost of repairing the damage caused inside the house by the damp (wall decoration, furniture, wall plaster, flooring etc.) this will also have to paid by yourself.
We believe that this should be the option of last resort. Why should you have to pay for the mistakes of others?
The Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency are the company that issued the 25 year guarantee for the cavity wall insulation.
They might remove it free of charge.
You can find them here. This is their telephone number 01525 853300
A "no win, no fee, no cost" compensation claim.
With a Cavity Wall Compensation Claim everything is done for you, and it won't cost you a penny unless you win.
If you win you will receive damages to cover all costs including (but not limited to), extraction of the insulation, repairs to the property after extraction (such as rendering the entire property to cover the scars to the wall), wall decoration, furniture, wall plaster, flooring etc - anything that has been damaged by the damp and/or condensation.
Even any ill health of the residents that could be attributed to the installation of the cavity wall insulation could be added to the claim.
In addition to damages, you would also be awarded compensation - to be decided by the Court.
In the event of you winning the solicitors would take 25% of the compensation (but nothing from the damages).
One of the downsides to making a claim is that it will probably take a year or more to resolve.
You will need to qualify for a "no win, no fee, no cost" compensation claim. click here to find out if you qualify.
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