Following a directive by the European Union the UK government were given the task of reducing the UK’s carbon footprint. Part of their approach was to fund the installation of cavity wall insulation in eligible properties. Cavity wall insulation is used to reduce heat loss through a cavity wall by filling the air space with material that inhibits heat transfer. This immobilises the air within the cavity, preventing convection, and can substantially reduce space heating costs.
A large number of properties that had the insulation installed by UK government-backed schemes were installed incorrectly or the product was unsuitable for the property. Incorrectly installed cavity wall insulation causes water to seep into a properties walls, causing structural problems and damp patches that may also manifest into mould. In some cases, the damp and mould resulting from cavity wall insulation can cause health problems or exacerbate existing conditions, particularly respiratory conditions.
If aware of any of the symptoms in your property and you think you may have a claim please use our Eligibility Checker which can provide you with a quick and easy judgement as to whether you have a potential case. If you do The Woburn Partnership can help you navigate the often difficult and confusing road to settlement and having your home returned to a pre-loss condition.
Many companies have taken the opportunity to offer the service, taking advantage of the sudden demand as the government’s deadline for a greener society grows closer. Unfortunately not all of the companies who began offering the service were trained to do so and fell far below the guidelines and regulations set out by the CIGA (Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency). Substandard installation of insulation does not only make it redundant in improving the energy efficiency of your home but can severely damage: brick work, cause damp, loosen wall ties, and rot any woodwork.