As we saw a couple of years ago, mould in the house can do damage to more than just your home

A more unlikely end to the Hollywood dream could not seem possible – but it was reported that the deaths of actress Brittany Murphy and her British screenwriter husband Simon Monjack might have been caused by mould growing in their luxury Los Angeles home.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1297862/Brittany-Murphy-Mould-home-kill-actresss-death-linked-fungus-LA-mansion.html#ixzz3xz2rhIkQ

Brace yourself for Nigel: weather forecasters reveal list of storm names

UK and Irish forecasters hope names, chosen from public’s suggestions, will help raise awareness of storms and help people track them on social media

Nigel could soon be laying waste to the shores of Britain and Ireland. It is one of 21 names chosen by weather forecasters after a public appeal for suggestions to name powerful storms.

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http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/20/weather-forecasters-reveal-list-of-storm-names#_=_

 

Weather watch

wind and rain

After  a dry September and October the rain and wind is with us in force.

Yes, we will get wet, our brollies will blow inside out but what about our houses?

If you had damp before, it will get worse, if you didn’t and now you do what has changed? Is your damp proof course up to scratch is the guttering sound, have you had cavity wall insulation fitted?

What has Cavity wall insulation to do with it? Pre insulation = No damp, post insulation = damp, it might have everything to do with it.

Cavity Wall Insulation Problems

The government is keen for home-owners to insulate their homes, but cavity walls were built as a barrier against penetrating dampness, So what happens when you fill an empty cavity with insulating material? Or in other words, when is a cavity wall not a cavity wall? Answer: when it is filled with damp fluffy stuff.

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Damp blamed on ‘inappropriate’ insulation

Damp, mould and condensation has been caused in Welsh social housing by inappropriate cavity wall insulation, a report has found.

More than 280 homes have had insulation removed in Rhondda Cynon Taff alone, while 900 properties require remedial action in Neath Port Talbot.

The problems have been revealed in a draft report for the Welsh government, seen by BBC Wales.

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Southampton MP to warn on wall insulation

VICTIMS of botched cavity wall insulation are having their complaints ignored, a Southampton MP will tell ministers today.

Labour MP John Denham will use a Commons debate to condemn “unacceptable practices” that have left some of his constituents in despair.

The Itchen MP will warn that the industry regulator lacks the crucial information it needs to monitor the industry effectively, to ensure that householders can get “swift redress”.

And he will criticise ministers for complacency that risks undermining confidence in cavity wall insulation, which is designed to cut both energy leakage and bills.

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