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Old 21-11-2011, 12:36 AM
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I am looking at the promotion for free cavity wall insulation. I would be interested to know of any one who has had this done through Tesco and their experiences.

I have also heard horror stories of damp problems following insulation, should I be put off?

The house is a 1988 semi-detached that I am looking to have insulated.

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Old 21-11-2011, 8:56 AM
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Are you sure that your 1988 property doesn't have it already?

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Old 21-11-2011, 9:08 AM
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Are you sure that your 1988 property doesn't have it already?

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What is the best way to check this?
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Old 21-11-2011, 9:59 AM
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Drill a test hole through a mortar joint.
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Old 21-11-2011, 10:31 AM
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Drill a test hole through a mortar joint.
AND ??????!!!!!!helpful but useless information really. Depending what type of build it is .Many 1988ish buildings have timber frames some types dont have nor need insulation. before drilling a hole in your wall then stand there looking at it . Try turning your eleccy off and taking a plug socket /light switch off and looking through there if you have any internal cills need replacing do it a while your at it look for your cavities and what insulation, drill out a external brick and have a nose or as macman says drill a hole hire a boroscope and check that way. you can call in a expert and get a free estimate assesment and quote to do it, there are grants around atm but a 1988 house should be properly insulated
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Old 21-11-2011, 7:53 PM
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Thanks for your advice, I really am unsure if it has insulation. When the house was surveyed it was assumed that it was insulated. I may just have them round to inspect.

As for my other request has anyone any experience of insulation through the Tesco stuff?

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Old 23-11-2011, 10:59 PM
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I guess no one has used them yet then?....
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Old 23-11-2011, 11:02 PM
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We tried last year but the surveyor said our cavities weren't suitable.
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Old 24-11-2011, 4:03 PM
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The best thing to do is apply, they send out an assessor for free, who will know if your house is suitable, if it is, they drill holes and look in the cavity with a special tool, a bit like a doctor. Our house was built in 92, but didn't have insulation.
We had ours done by Tesco a couple of years ago and had to pay around 200 for both wall and loft insulation, and has been one of the best things we have done to the house, makes a big difference, and would guess has paid for itself now.
Tesco used a contractor who were great, and the work was done within a couple of hours.
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Old 27-11-2011, 6:28 PM
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surfergilbert, how intrusive is the process?

We had our walls repainted 6 months ago, now thinking about insulation (not great planning, I know) and was wondering what the impact of the insulation process on the paint job was going to be.
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Old 27-11-2011, 9:05 PM
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We had it done by a Tesco nominated contractor and had nothing but praise for the standard of work.

My only comment was that when the assessor came round, I told him that I did not want polystyrene pellets as I am petrified of what happens if ever there is a fire - I know it's unlikely to have a fire within a cavity wall but nevertheless ... He simply accepted what I asked and arranged for blown white mineral fibre to be used instead.

I recently had some of the soffits and fascias replaced with upvc and it was reassuring to see that the 'woolly jumper' comes right up to the roof timbers with no gaps. Hope that helps you make a decision.
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