Newbie here. I need some advice. I'm getting cavity wall insulation
and loft insulation installed by a company on one of them grant schemes.
However they've said they can only do it if our chimney is blocked off.
Is that correct? It seems odd as friends and family i've spoken to
have said this was never asked of them.
The chimney is in the middle of the property, the flue doesn't touch any
external walls and runs straight through the loft.
The insulation people are coming in the next fortnight and i don't
really want to bother with blocking up the chimney at the moment. I'd
rather do it when i have more time. I just really want to get the loft
and cavity wall insulation done and out of the way first.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Just a commonsense answer. You are getting "free" or subsidized
insulation and an apparent condition is that unused chimneys must be
blocked. Likely the work will be inspected so why would the installer
jeopardize their relationship with the government by taking your word
that someday you will block the chimney.
Is this an unused chimney?
If so, it is part of the energy conservation program. Block it up or
they can refuse to do the work.
Sounds like you are getting a freebies or a really low cost jobs so
stop being an arrogant prick and follow the rules.
Ask them to explain why they require this. It might have something to
do with your particular installation. If you are still uncertain, call
the administrator of the program and ask him or her if they require
it, or if they have any idea why the contractor is requiring it.
Speaking of which, does the contractor know you'll be getting this
done under the program? If they are aware of that, they'll know their
bid will come under scrutiny and be subject to approval by the program.
I took advantage of a similar home improvement program in my
community. I, too, had additional insulation added to the walls and
attic. The company never even mentioned the chimney.
Is the chimney unused? I assume so that's why they want it covered up.
Like somebody else suggested it's a major draft source. Doesn't
matter if it touches a wall or not. If the wind blows, a draft will
come into your home thru that chimney, and if it's not used there is no
point in keeping it open.
It'd be counteractive to have an open chimney letting in draft yet
having insulation added. The Government, for a change, wants to see
they are not wasting money insulating your home...
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