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Ways to Prevent Damp in Loft Space: Top Tips and Tricks

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For many people up and down the country, a damp house doesn’t come as a shock. The cool climate, combined with the rise in ageing houses still built means we have had to get used to the problems that comes with condensation, such as mould in the corners and the odd piece of peeled wallpaper.

What some people might not know is that damp usually accumulates primarily in the loft space as it’s the one area of the home most exposed to the elements of outside. The question to ask is how detrimental to our health can damp in loft space bring? How do we prevent such atrocities?

The Dangers of Damp in the House

Respiratory Problems

One of the most common health problems caused by living in damp conditions is respiratory issues. The blame doesn’t lie solely with the damp air, but more the fact that microscopic bacteria and fungi that reside in such environments are breathed in.

A pre-millennium study detailed whether there was a scientific pattern between damp homes and asthma. The results show that people that live in damp environments are twice as likely to be diagnosed with asthma when compared to occupants living in adequate living conditions.

Other illnesses with links to damp include: chest pains, breathing difficulties and even bronchitis.

Eczema

The micro-organisms that can be found in damp air can do more damage than what it already causes within damp homes. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in America found a crystal clear pattern between damp living conditions, and the occurrence of skin conditions such as eczema.

It’s evident that those who already suffer with skin conditions can put themselves at further risk of harm by living in damp conditions.

But vulnerable occupants who live in damp conditions could experience skin complaints that can develop into eczema, much like breathing difficulties can lead to asthma. Fixing the damp issue could and should result in an improvement in conditions such as these.

Fever & Vomiting

Perhaps unsurprisingly, research up in Scotland suggests that those living in damp in loft space homes are more at risk of developing problems linked with fever – symptoms such as high temperatures, aches and even fainting.

To give you an idea of the severity the research suggests, children are 7% more likely to suffer from blocked or runny noses in mouldy homes and there’s a significant in the occurrence of vomiting amongst those living in damp, loft space environments.

Concluding this, it appears crystal clear that a damp home can lead to an array of negative consequences towards an occupant’s health. Fixing issues such as leaks and damp should be paramount for either those already affected or those who are cautious about their own and their family’s health.

One effective solution to consider is to consult with a damp proofing company who will be able to pinpoint the problem areas, and suggest a permanent measure to ensure that your family and your home are protected from the dangers that damp in the loft space can bring.

Consider Replacing Your Existing Loft Insulation

What should motivate you to replace the insulation in your loft? How about putting an end to the 25% heat loss you could be currently experiencing! Heat rises, and a poorly insulated roof is the ideal destination for all that nice warm air to dissipate to.

Ensuring your loft has adequate insulation will guarantee you reduce the heat lost above you. If you’re looking to cut down on your energy bills, the loft is the perfect place to start!

You would be right to question the need to replace your insulation if it’s already been put into place. Well, it isn’t immortal! Each set up of insulation has a lifespan of approximately 40 years.

This is a generalised estimate, and the true lifespan depends on factors such as water damage and moisture, as well as wear and tear over time.

Imagine this – each time you take the Christmas decorations down and put them back up, the corners of the boxes rip into the insulation piece-by-piece. Eventually, you’re going to have insulation not fit for purpose.

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Removing Aged or Dirty Insulation

Ageing, attic insulation is often deemed inefficient, and can lead to a hike in your energy bills each month. On the other hand, filthy insulation can be a helping hand to tell you might have pests, or previously had.

Removing old or contaminated insulation is the first step in our expert insulation replacement service. We provide a friendly and professional service that removes the old materials in a controlled and safe fashion.

We remove both blown-in and batt-inserted insulation. The latter is often removed with ease, by simply bagging up the old materials and then removing it by hand from the in-sections of the attic.

We tend to remove any blown-in installations with the use of a very high-powered vacuum, the benefit of this being that not only is the insulation removed, but also, any built up dust and debris is removed as well. What is collected is then placed outside in a filter bag.

Can You Remove Insulation All by Yourself?

The honest answer is we wouldn’t recommend it. Removing insulation with no experience of removal and replacement is dangerous, considering that it has particles of fibre glass and rock wool mixed in.

Protective equipment such as hats and masks should be present at all times, even if you are just in the proximity of the attic whilst work is taking place. As professional, insulation specialists, we uphold this rule every time because we are well aware of the dangers.

We do not want you to put your health at risk when we can do the job for you, quickly and safely!

Effective Insulation Replacement

Our insulation removal and replacement service begins with a detailed inspection of both your loft and entire property. We focus on any potential problem areas with the use of a variety of testing methods prior to determining your requirements.

We will take into consideration sound reduction, that pesky heat loss, comfort levels and, of course, R-Value. We’ll then simply replace your old, outdated insulation with a revolutionary, modernised and durable product which prides itself on being environmentally friendly.

Our full insulation replacement service includes:

  • Old insulation removal
  • Loft clearance
  • Walkways and storage fitting
  • Woodworm treatment is required
  • Water tank and pipe insulation
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Home Logic Spray Foam

Here at Home Logic, we always recommend our own Spray Foam insulation as we see first-hand the benefits it provides to homeowners. We apply the spray foam using extremely high-spec hosing equipment, after which it expands on impact and solidifies.

This expansion increases up to 100 times the size upon application, meaning one coat of our spray foam could turn your home into one big thermal blanket!

We believe that this product is one of the most economically viable insulation methods on the market. The fact that it is safe to install and be around gives not only us but you as a homeowner peace of mind that your home is warm – but safe!

The Benefits of Home Logic Spray Foam

  • Possesses superior, thermal qualities
  • Has the ability to reach all the nooks and crannies of any application area
  • Easy to apply with the use of our high-spec hoses
  • Save up to 35% on your energy bills!
  • Reduces heat loss by up to 91%
  • Chemical and toxin free
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Providing Ways to Prevent Damp in Loft Space Up Above!

Damp in loft space? Not a problem! If by now you aren’t convinced about the advantages that loft insulation brings, please do not hesitate to get into contact! We will be glad to show you how damp in loft space doesn’t have to mean your house is ruined!

However, if you’re confident about moving forward into the new generation of insulation then again – get into contact! Give one of the team a call on 0800 1700 636, who are on hand during the normal working hours to answer any of your queries with pleasure.

We obviously understand that this might not be possible due to work commitments, so we have an out-of-hours email service which you can take advantage of. Drop us a line at survey@homelogic.co.uk.

Should you want to progress, don’t worry, we offer a free site survey with no obligation to proceed with any projects. This gives us an opportunity to take a look at the scale of the job, and provide an accurate estimate of the costs involved.

So what are we waiting for? Simply click the button below to get the ball rolling today!

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