Research and studies show that many homeowners on the west coast of the United Kingdom, including a huge percentage of those on the Fylde Coast, have reported that homes are covered in black mould and damp. Research has shown that the issues are hidden between the walls.
Cavity wall insulation problems have surfaced across the UK, with approximately 1.5 MILLION homeowners reporting problems in their home. This has occurred because of a government-backed scheme under ‘green tax’ in order to cut heating costs and reduce emissions. However, the plan has completely backfired.
The government-backed scheme saw to fitting all houses built with a cavity between the walls with a new type of insulation that is blown into the wall from a hole made in the brickwork on the outer wall. Many properties were fitted with the insulation by the insulation companies in order to meet the targets set by the government. However, if the property resides on the west coast of the UK, it is highly likely that it is not suitable to have this fitted. This is because of the harsh winds and rain coming from across the Atlantic, which is something everyone in Lytham St Annes has experienced.
The rain penetrates the outer brick wall and damages the insulation that was blown into the wall. The damp and moisture within the cavity will then penetrate through the inner wall allowing mould spores and dampness to form on the inside of the property.
Gaps in the cavity wall insulation itself lead to cold spots which eventually become damp. Secondly the insulation itself can act as a bridge from the external wall to the internal walls, transferring moisture from outside to inside.
Things to look out for would be: