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Postby gerry 2013 » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:07 am

We have had a mauldy smell in the house for some time.
A surveyer representing a damp company visited he sugested more air bricks to better ventilate the wood floor and alco advised installing a ventilation fan into the kitchin and bathroom.
I am considering this at the moment, however he only spent five minutes in the house.

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The house is mainly cavity brick with a render, this does sound hollow in places when tapped.

We had double glazing installed two years ago and this does not have any ventilation vents fitted.

We have arranged cavity wall insulation to be fitted next week

The main problem seems to be in the kitchin.

We have just been away for three daya and the smell "hit-us" as we entered the house it was terrible all on the ground floor

Thanks. Gerry
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Postby Steve the gas » Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:55 am

Hi Gerry,

I am no expert on this BUT, it sounds like ventilation is the key :(

Coupled with dg windows and a kitchen area :shock:
I would get some air vents fitted, preferably, the "stadium" vent type before the cavity isulation is done, they span the cavity with a tube.


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Postby gerry 2013 » Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:20 am

Thanks for the reply Steve!

I have seen the stadium vents on the web.

Would I install these high-up on the kitchin wall or low?

Also how many?

Should I consider the idea of an electric fan?

What about under the floor?

I have ordered a hygrometer so that I can at least check the humidity levels.

Thanks again. Gerry
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Postby welsh brickie » Sun Aug 10, 2008 1:55 pm

contact the people who fitted your windows and ask if they can install trickle vents in the kitchen windows.
These vents will air the room and is quite an easy job to fit rather than installing clay vents in the wall.
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