Solid-walled houses were built in the UK until the 1930s before being replaced by cavity-walled properties. These had thicker walls because they were made in two layers with a small cavity left between them. The idea is that this cuts heat loss because the gap can be filled with air or insulating materials, thereby reducing the risk of the heat leeching away.
As well as being less insulated, solid-wall homes are more susceptible to damp because they are unlikely to have been constructed with a damp-proof course (DPC). Not every property will be affected, but lack of damp proofing means it is more likely to occur when the right conditions exist.
If you are planning on fitting insulation to a solid-walled home, it is important to check for damp proofing before you select materials. This is crucial because you could make the property more vulnerable to it if you are not careful. Non-breathable insulation will keep moisture trapped in the building materials, eventually resulting in damp. When you use these materials you should ensure the property is suitably protected first.
The best way to tackle damp in solid-walled properties is to install a DPC. The course will help to prevent moisture from rising from the ground through capillaries in building materials, a process known as rising damp. DPCs can be fitted horizontally as well as vertically and modern systems that use cream or rods are very easy to install. The chemicals in each of them will create a strong barrier against moisture.
Alongside fitting a DPC it is also wise to choose breathable insulation. These materials allow moisture to travel freely, preventing it from getting trapped and causing damp.
At A Slater & Son was have extensive experience with damp proofing in Middlesbrough and can provide services for property owners in and around the area. We can find a solution for rising damp in solid-walled properties and also treat dry and wet rot too. Please call today for professional support from a locally based specialist.