A case study: Waving goodbye to cold, damp and mouldy rooms


waving goodbye to cold, damp and mouldy roomsThis particular house was built in the mid 1950’s and despite being well looked after, there was a damp and mouldy smell in both rooms at the front of the house. The paint was peeling off in one room and the wallpaper was coming away from the wall in the other. The front of the house was quite exposed and the rooms were difficult to keep warm.

It was determined that the insulation needed to be upgraded, but as the house didn’t have cavity walls, that wasn’t an option. This meant that insulation needed to be added to either the outside of the walls, or the inside. The property owners decided that they’d prefer to have it added on the inside, and as they were fairly large rooms, it wouldn’t be a problem in terms of space.

When the fitted furniture was moved it revealed walls that had been blackened with mould, so the first thing to do was remove the mould and apply a mould inhibitor. Once this was finished and had dried completely, a 100mm thick sheet of insulation was fixed to the walls that had originally had mould on them. They also happened to be the most exposed walls. After this came the plaster board and a skim of plaster. Already the room was feeling warmer and the damp smell had disappeared.

The clients opted for a pale colour on 3 walls, with a bright accent colour as a feature wall. The job was completed within a few days and has made an enormous difference to the feel of the house.

If you have experienced this problem in your house, please call us and we will be happy to find a solution that works for you.

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