A new warning is being issued this month about the real causes of damp and condensation in local authority and housing association homes across the UK.
In recent years, the problems associated with these conditions have become a serious cause for concern for social landlords. The causes can be complex, and corrective action can be costly. The most common cause of these failures are properties which were unsuitable for retrofit in the first instance, the use of inappropriate insulation materials/methods and poor installations.
Experts confirm that an independent assessment is needed to correctly identify defects and recommend a remediation programme to reduce/eliminate the dampness more effectively in the long term.
BBA/CIT is now providing independent, expert investigation services in response to Local Authority and Housing Association demand to investigate damp and other related problems in all property types associated with failed cavity wall insulation retrofits. The BBA/CIT damp and condensation inspectors are backed by highly experienced scientists and engineers providing advice and support.
Claire Curtis-Thomas, BBA's chief executive and chartered engineer, says: "We have inspected thousands of properties over the last 50 years and our knowledge of damp and condensation matters is second to none. BBA/CIT investigations are as thorough as they are comprehensive, and form an important part of our overall drive to improve housing stock conditions all over the country. We are here to raise standards and to provide our colleagues responsible for housing stock with the advice and support that they require when tackling these tricky problems."