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Well if this is not the house that Jack Built, then i honestly do not know. One problem after another and we have found that building regulations were broke.
So how were they broke, well apparently according to the bloke who come to do our cavity wall insulation yesterday, our house should have been done as it is under 10 years of age. I laughed and told him, this is the house that Jack Built and when he saw wooden double glazing he started to have doubts.
So what made us have cavity wall insulation as you do not know whether or not it is done?
Well the simple first sign is that our heating was on 24/7 and the house was cold and soon as it was turned off, it was cold again. At first we blamed it on the windows and doors which we knew had gaps under and in the windows, but these were done up and we had the whole house professionally draftproofed everywhere. This did keep a bit of the heat in and now the duvet only needed a hotwater bottle to keep itself warm instead of another duvet.
However the walls were cold when the heat was on which probably means there is a severe lack of insulation or there is not any there. 10 years ago builders were told that if they built any new houses, then they had to cavity wall insulate and if you these days build anything, then it is a legal requirement you do so.
So we contacted the council to see if there were any schemes regarding this as the cost would be about £400 for our house. They said they were not doing one but knew a government scheme that was ongoing.
So we contacted a company and an appointment was made for a surveyor and they drilled holes into the wall and lo and behold there was not any in there, not even a spot of it. So the appointment was made for last friday, the same day as the draftproofer to get it all sorted and over and done with as this is the start of all the renovation work on the house.
He first drilled a couple of holes in the walls and I honestly thought they would be small holes. I ran inside and said hes drilling through the bloody house and we could hear the sound of brick hitting the floor. I then got on the defensive, saying if he damages this house, then I'll do some damage with his drill. Husband started to laugh and said Calm Down Dear...(Saddo, hes got it off that damn Esure advert with Michael Winner and he knows it annoys me even more) I went out and started to watch what he was doing and my whole gable end wall looked as though it was a dot to dot. All that was needed now was the numbers and a giant pencil and then we could draw a picture.
I made the builder a cup of tear and my next fear was the fact that my house is a new red build brick, what happens if he messes up the patchwork. i ran back to hubby who said his famous phrase again and I was really worried. The builder then did the same with the front and the back of the house and my hear sank. The holes were about the size of a small tangerine and now I was starting to regret having it done.
After he had drilled all the holes, he brought out this massive extension rather like a hoover extension and it it was rather large and thick and on the end was like a petrol pump end which he stuck into the wall. On the end of that was a control which controlled the amount of insulation.
As I walked back to my front door, there was this humongous toilet brush bristley thing sticking out of my wall upstairs. Neighbours were all looking at this as thought I was having a party, but infact this was to stop the neighbours from getting my cavity wall insulation. lol :0)
When he had filled a hole, he filled it in with cement and they do try and hit and drill through the cement although they can touch the cement. He assured me that once dried and weathered it would look the same as my normal cement and would look no different. I had spotted a couple of bricks damaged and he cemented them in and it looked okayish...
The whole process only took a couple of hours and I did the cleaning for him. Unfortunatley my neighbours downstairs front upvc window was now red brick and I quickly whipped round with a damp tea towel why they were out at work and give it a good clean. Phew it looked new and probably the cleanest it has ever looked. Claws back in....I cleaned our drive and garden as the insulation that they used in our house was like a white cotton wool, but it is like the fibres used in loft insulation.
Last night we put the heating on and within 10 mins we had to switch it off as we all were sweating cobs and had to leave the back door open. Even the dog wanted to unzip his furry coat.
So it is well worth it and we are feeling the benefits of it straight away.
So if you are on a low income of any sort, ring your local council to see if there are any cheap schemes going or if you are on a decent wage, you still could qualify depending on the house and the area.
Oh and whilst I am on it.... If your house end gable is only wood and not breeze block and brick then they cannot insulate. This is what the survey said.
They told us this will last for 25 years and I said what happens then. They said if you reknew it, then they would take some brick out and suck it all out before refilling.
It is nice and warm in our house and today I have only had the heating on for around 20 mins all day and the back door is wide open.
This was well worth the mess and another thing i went out this morning and my house looks perfect outside the cement now it is drying has well matched in.
You can certainly tell the difference after its been done.
hellywelly 22.03.2004 09:15
I could just imagine your face when they started. I hate anything like this. I would probably go out for the day and hope it would all be over when I got back - leaving the bf in charge of course. So glad it worked out for you. Great review. Helen