Cavity walls required or not?


Postby bornlivelife » Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:58 pm

If I build an extension onto a house, is the cavity wall and damp proof still required in the wall which was external but is now internal?

I want to put some concrete inside the cavity to seal it from rats
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Postby philjjj » Sat Nov 10, 2007 8:47 am

THE POST BELOW IS NOT GOOD ADVICE. PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK EVERY POST BEFORE YOU SPEND MONEY. THIS COULD POTENTIALLY DAMAGE YOUR PROPRTY.

if it is now internal yes you can fill it or you could even knock it down if you put a lintel in!, the cavity is only for external walls to keep out damp and cold your new wall of your extension will take over that job!
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Postby thedoctor » Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:17 pm

Please ingnore the reply above as the old external wall still sits on foundations underground and it is still possible, extension or not, that this wall could transfer damp up the wall to the inside of the property. In fact this can ONLY happen if you fill the cavity without inserting a damp proof course within the cavity, at the same height and overlapping the existing dpcs in the skins either side of the cavity.
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Postby thedoctor » Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:52 pm

Please also note that once you turn an external wall into an internal wall you must provive a cavity tray in the cavity above the height of the extension if it is single story. This stops and moisture in the cavity dropping down into the cavity and potentially soaking the skins on the new internal wall. Once damp is in an internal wall it is extremely expensive operation to stop it.
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Postby bornlivelife » Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:37 pm

thanks for your reply - i will recommend the forum now and apologise if i was a bit disappointed earlier
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