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How to Know If You Have Damp Walls

How to Know If You Have Damp Walls

Damp walls in and around the house are a significant issue for homeowners, and it is crucial to locate them and treat the source of the problem as soon as possible to avoid further issues. Because there are many types of dampness, the way to treat water on walls varies. Damp patches on your home’s internal walls can be a real pain because they are not only unsightly, but the moisture and dampness on the walls can cause mould.

One way of identifying if dampness is there on walls is by pressing the back of your hand against the wall and checking if it feels wet or colder than the other walls. Although there are more accurate methods of determining the severity of the problem, feeling the damp area compared to a dry place on the wall can provide a good indication of how bad the dampness on your wall is. So, here are three ways by which you can identify a damp wall and treat it with ECO grants before it gets worse.

Identifying Condensation on walls

Condensation occurs when moisture is absorbed into the warm atmosphere of the property and then condenses on cold surfaces such as windows or windowsills as the property cools. The reasons for this can vary, but it could be due to cracks in the wall allowing draughts and airflow into the property, or it could be due to a lack of constant airflow or ventilation.

Identifying Rising Damp on walls

Rising dampness on the walls will only affect the walls of a property’s ground floor. ‘Generally, horizontal brown or discoloured patches form on the areas that are visible up to 1 metre in height on interior walls; these are known as “Tide Marks”. The bubbling of the plaster caused by the constant expansion and contraction of salt crystals drawn from the ground can also be felt through the fabric of the wall, thus indicating a rising damp issue.

Identifying Penetrating Damp on walls

Penetrating dampness arises on the exterior of a building and can cause severe damage if not treated early and adequately. You may notice damage to the property’s internal walls and watermarks on the masonry. When there has been a lot of rain, the rainwater usually evaporates from the brick. However, in some cases, moisture falls to fade and is then allowed to flow through the inner surface of the wall, resulting in dampness.

Treat Damp Walls on Your Property Today

Dampness in your property must be appropriately identified for the proper treatment to be carried out. Insulating Homes Ltd has extensive experience with eco funding government free loft insulation for all measures, including walls, loft, roof and floor insulation, and damp wall problems. Under the (ECO4) Scheme, you can get up to 100% grants for Cavity Walls and Loft Insulation. For more information, contact our experts today.

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The ultimate guide to home insulation

Ultimate guide to home insulation

Home insulation is one of the most important things you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency. It’s also a relatively quick and easy process that will save you money on utility bills.

There are different types of insulation available, each with advantages and disadvantages.

If you’re ready to insulate your home but aren’t sure where to start, read our simple guide to the process:

Determine what type of insulation you need

When it comes to insulation, there are three main types: fibreglass, cellulose, and foam. Fibreglass is a good choice for older homes because it’s inexpensive and easy to install.

Cellulose is a good choice for newer homes because it’s more effective at keeping heat inside the walls than fibreglass. Foam works well on poorly insulated homes or areas with lots of water intrusion from flooding or snowmelt.

Choose your insulation materials

Before starting, it’s essential to understand the different insulation materials. Many kinds of insulation materials are available, each with pros and cons. The right material depends on what type of home you’re insulating:

If you’re building a new home or remodelling an existing one, choose foam board as an insulator because it’s easy to install and lasts longer than other options. It also protects against fire damage from cigarettes or flames.

Opt for cellulose fibreglass batt insulation if your current house is ten years or older but doesn’t require major remodelling work. It can be used alone or combined with another insulation type depending on how much you want to spend each year on energy bills.

Determine how much insulation you need

To determine how much insulation you need, calculate your home’s U-factor. A lower value means a more efficient insulation system can handle higher temperatures.

The U-factor can be measured with a thermal imaging camera and compared to other homes in your area. Once you have this number, you can determine how many inches of insulation are needed by multiplying that number by R-value per inch (R).

Select your R-value

R-values measure thermal resistance, which is the ability of a material to resist heat flow. They are determined by testing materials in a laboratory and expressed in units.

The higher your R-value, the lower your home’s temperature when it’s heated or cooled with electricity.

Decide where to insulate

Insulate the attic: The attic/loft is the first place to start when considering home insulation. It is a large expanse that holds lots of heat during cold weather.

You can start or add to existing insulation by sealing all gaps between rafters and beams with caulk or spray foam.

You can also cover individual joists with rigid foam boards to create a continuous layer. This will help protect against condensation issues that arise from wet wood.

Insulate walls: Next up are those walls; this step will involve covering them with either spray foam insulation or cellulose-based closed-cell spray polyurethane board.

Both materials work well for insulating homes because they’re lightweight yet durable enough to protect against air infiltration and support remodelling projects involving drywall installation.

Insulate your home effectively

Installing an air barrier between your home’s interior and exterior is the most efficient way to insulate it.

You can achieve this by installing a vapour barrier on the exterior of your house or by sealing off any cracks in walls, floors, and other surfaces.

After you’ve finished these steps, it’s time to start thinking about how you want to insulate specific areas of your home.

Conclusion

Contact Insulating Homes for professional services if you are unsure what insulation your home needs.

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Benefits of proper home insulation

Benefits of proper home insulation

Home insulation is an excellent investment for any homeowner. Not only does it help reduce energy bills and lower heating costs, but it can also improve your family’s overall health.

If you’re looking for ways to improve your home’s comfort and value, then investing in proper home insulation should be at the top of your list.

Keeping your house comfortable all-year-round

Home insulation is also a great way to keep your house warm or cool throughout the year. It can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 20%, saving you money on utility bills.

Finally, an improved home environment provides better comfort for everyone by allowing air circulation throughout the building and preventing condensation from forming in bathrooms or kitchens where pipes may be exposed over the winter months.

Reducing your energy bills by preventing heat loss

The most obvious way to keep your house warm is by correctly installing the right materials. Insulating the walls of your home stops warm or cool air from escaping the home’s interior.

Heat loss can also be prevented by firmly sealing windows to prevent cold air from entering through cracks and crevices and preventing drafts that cool rooms.

Insulating the roof with a good quality roofing material keeps out moisture from outside sources like rain or snowfall. This also helps reduce water damage if leaks occur over time due to foundation movement.

Doors need proper sealing too: if there’s any gap between door frames/hinges, then air will flow freely through them, which can cause problems such as drafts, which means higher energy bills.

Providing a healthy living environment by blocking airborne pollutants

Proper home insulation can help prevent allergies, asthma, and other health problems by blocking airborne pollutants. Many things can cause airborne pollutants, including:

1. Pets

2. Dust mites

3. Mould spores

Protecting your family from noise pollution

Noise pollution is a serious issue that can affect your health. If you live in a noisy area, chances are good that you have experienced noise-induced stress or discomfort. This is because noise causes our bodies to produce adrenaline and cortisol, which increases blood pressure and heart rate.

These hormones also cause us to feel tired and irritable, leading to other physical symptoms of stress if we cannot switch off from stressful situations through rest or meditation.

Insulation is effective at blocking out unwanted sounds by absorbing sound waves instead of letting them through into the home, where they can cause damage over time.

Blocking excess moisture and mildew growth in the home

Moisture is a significant risk factor for mould growth. Excess moisture in your home can cause mould, which harms your health and the health of anyone who lives there.

Mould contains spores that release a poisonous chemical when they grow on damp surfaces. This toxic substance can cause respiratory problems in people exposed to it long enough.

Conclusion

The benefits of proper home insulation are many and varied, but there’s no doubt that it can make a massive difference to your property and well-being. Adding insulation is about more than saving money on energy bills . For professional home insulation and more details on home insulation, reach out to Insulating Homes.

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