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Inspection results for steel framed homes
STEEL framed houses in Northwich have not been damaged by cavity wall insulation, according to reports by the experts.
Following concerns raised by London Road resident Chris Harris, the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA) inspected three properties in the town centre.
A spokesman for CIGA said: “A full and extensive inspection was completed using thermo graphic equipment and numerous check scope inspection points around the properties, and no causes of concern were identified.”
A number of residents had cavity wall insulation fitted about five years ago as part of a Cheshire County Council scheme for reduced insulation.
Potential problems came to light when a homeowner in London Road discovered that a buyer for his property could not get a mortgage because the steel framed house was fitted with cavity wall insulation.
It emerged that banks and building societies are nervous about lending because cavity wall insulation is not recommended for this type of building.
It increases the risk of condensation forming in the cavity, being trapped against the frame and causing corrosion.
But some properties have been issued 25-year guarantee certificates from CIGA, which says they will be honoured.
The CIGA spokesman said: “Upon request CIGA also inspected two other properties in the locality on the day.
“No cause of concern was identified.
“CIGA has however advised both homeowners that even though not eligible for a CIGA Guarantee one was issued and it will be honoured for the remaining years of the cover.”
The agency has said that more testing may result in insulation being approved.
The CIGA spokesman said: “CIGA would like to advise that it is likely that further testing of systems in a wider range of non-traditional constructions will take place, which may result in systems being approved for additional constructions such as steel framed properties.”
- SOLICITORS in Northwich and Winsford are offering help to homeowners who fear their steel framed houses should not have cavity wall insulation.
Northwich and Winsford based Solicitors, mosshaselhurst, were approached by a client who had been selling his house.
A potential buyer had withdrawn from the purchase due to an adverse survey report that highlighted a problem with the cavity wall insulation.
Having explored the background, mosshaselhurst’s Managing Director, Gerry Rooney, established which firm had installed the cavity wall insulation.
A subsequent claim resulted in the removal of the insulation at the direction and under the supervision of Northwich chartered surveyor, John Wright.
Gerry said: “John Wright produced a clean bill of health for the property after remedial works.
“This led to the subsequent sale of the house together with payment of modest compensation and legal fees.”
Mosshaselhurst solicitors is offering a free half-hour meeting without obligation to offer advice and support to anyone in a similar situation.
For more information ring Lisa Pirrazzo on 01606 74301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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