There are a lot of factors which can cause damp issues in your home, however you might be surprised to learn that your home insulation might be the cause of your damp problem. As bizarre as it might sound, your home insulation might well be making your home damp.
Making the right decision for your home
Purchasing your home is the largest financial investment you will probably make in your lifetime, so every decision that you make relating to the safety, health and happiness of your home is usually carefully researched and weighed up with all the pros and cons looked at. Despite the high level of concern with which most people approach the decisions about their home, making the right choice about the type of home insulation that is most suitable can often be problematic.
Do your research
Rather than simply making your home toasty and warm, cavity wall insulation can actually cause damp. Cavity wall insulation is praised for the savings you can make on your energy bills, however it can actually damage your home. Don’t let this put you off having cavity wall insulation installed in your home, just make sure you do your research first before you have it fitted into your home in order to check that your property would benefit from cavity wall insulation.
Catching it before it spreads
Loft and cavity wall insulation causing damp is neither a new nor an unusual phenomenon; a swift search online will show you this! But what can you do about it? If you’ve noticed mould starting to grow on your walls then this might be due to your loft and cavity wall insulation, which can cause condensation. If left untreated, this can eventually turn into black mould in your wardrobes, cupboards, behind your chest of drawers and on your carpets. Black mould doesn’t just look and smell unsightly, it is also hazardous to your health, particularly to sufferers of asthma.
Why it happens?
The science behind why loft and cavity wall insulation causes damp, is that warm air holds more water than cold air and because hot air rises it used to escape through your roof. Once you’ve had loft and cavity wall insulation, the hot air is no longer able to escape through your roof so all of the hot, and damp, water is forced back down into your house, on to your walls, carpets, clothes, furniture and wallpaper where it turns into condensation and eventually turns into mould. These places then become prime breeding grounds for mould to grow and thrive creating that recognisable ‘damp’ smell.
The answer to this tricky problem is not just to avoid cavity wall and loft insulation like the plague and to wear more jumpers, instead the ventilation of your home needs to be thoroughly examined to make sure that you are making the right decision. Otherwise your anticipated annual saving on your household bill from the insulation could become overshadowed by costly damp treatments and dehumidifiers. Ventilating your home is vital to the health, wealth and happiness of your home so it is important that you have a careful and thorough inspection of your home before you jump into having any home insulation fitted in your home.