I have a big draught problem in my house & itâ€™s
beginning to drive me nuts. Whilst there appears to
be no specific problem, the draught going through my
front room door is strong enough to open the door if
itâ€™s not properly shut & on a windy day is audible
over the TV. The net result is that no matter what
the heating is set to, the front room is always cold.
We have a baby due soon & as-is I'm concerned about
having him/her in the front room due to the
Can you help? Even if itâ€™s to confirm I have an issue
& to recommend a professional inspection, I'd be happy
to get any pointers.
My house is a 12yr old detached, structurally ok, no
damp, cracks/holes in walls. All the windows have
just been replaced (un-maintained cheap/nasty wood
based double glazing for new Everest windows).
There appear to be no single point of entry as when I
check all doors etc there is no main culprit. There
is however a slight draft coming from most doors that
open onto the halls/stairs/landing, which all then
seem to head to the front room door.
I have also noticed that when the carpets have been
lifted for room decoration, there is a draft coming
from the floor/wall join. In a number of rooms I have
pushed filler (newspaper) into the space to cut the
Here is what I think may be the cause:
The chimney in the front room is drawing the air out
of the room, thus pulling the air from anywhere it
....I donâ€™t think this is the problem tho as we'd
probably feel a pressure change given the volume of
The gap between wall and eaves (required due to the
waste vent terminates in the loft space) let in enough
air that on a windy day, the pressure builds up to
such a level that the air pushes down into the
internal wall structures. This airflow then emerges
from the gaps between floor & walls. As this happens
nearly everywhere in the house, the result is the
significant draught that I am seeing. This draught
can only be vented out via the chimney via the front
We have looked at getting a chimney 'cap' fitting to
help minimize the outflow/inflow of air, but I suspect
I'll be stopping the outflow of air as opposed to
stopping it from coming in to begin with...
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