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Cavity Wall Claims

In an effort to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint the energy providers incentivised homeowners to have cavity wall insulation installed.

The benefit to homeowners was the promise of reduced heating costs. If fitted correctly, the cavity wall insulation acts as a ‘thermal barrier’ and stops heat from leaving the home. Consequently, it takes less energy and costs less to keep the home at the desired temperature.

Unfortunately, in thousands of homes it has been poorly installed or fitted to homes that are totally unsuitable. There are specific guidelines that need to be followed when installing cavity wall insulation and often these were ignored. For instance, if your house is in an area where is it highly exposed to wind and rain, additional steps need to be taken before cavity wall insulation can be installed. There are some properties, for instance those with reduced cavities, timber and metal frames or concrete constructed houses that simply cannot have traditional cavity wall insulation installed.

The insulation itself had to be installed in a very specific pattern and only if the property was deemed suitable. Sadly, and due to the sheer amount of money on offer, some unscrupulous firms that were engaged in installing cavity wall insulation took shortcuts. Checks were not made; specific installation patterns were not followed, and this has resulted in serious problems to hundreds of thousands of properties.

The insulation has to allow air to pass, if it does not this is when problems will arise. If the insulation forms a physical barrier, it will act as a bridge between each wall. When a bridge is formed, moisture and damp on the outer wall, from rain hitting the property for instance, can pass from the outer wall, across the bridge and onto the interior wall.

When this happens, the damage is done and your home will suffer from damp. Sometimes this is obvious to the naked eye and you will see dark spots on your walls. Sometimes, it is not so obvious and might only be noticed as increased condensation on your windows. If you feel that your property is affected by this, you need to act fast as this problem will not resolve itself naturally. Remedial work to remove the incorrectly installed cavity wall insulation and replace it properly will be needed. This is a costly process and one that should be paid for by the company that carried out the original, incorrect installation.

Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors are passionate about gaining the compensation you deserve if your home has been ruined by poorly installed insulation. Contact us today to start your claim.