GROUND MOISTURE BARRIER

A ground moisture barrier is a legal requirement in all properties as per New Healthy Homes Standards 2021. A ground moisture barrier protects against rising damp and mould, making homes drier, warmer and easier to heat. This ground vapour barrier is 250-micron thick polythene for maximum, lasting protection from cold and damp.

Moisture under a house can cause mould and mildew inside the house, affecting the health of the occupants. Would you believe on average, 250ml of water can evaporate from 1m² of ground in 24 hours – that’s 60 litres per day on average for a 150m² house. A good way to reduce moisture levels is to install polythene sheeting that is at least 0.25 mm thick over the ground under a house. This vapour barrier will restrict the evaporation of moisture from the ground into the subfloor space.

Installing a vapour barrier (thick polythene sheeting) on the ground under your house will keep the moisture in the ground and stops the air under the floor from getting damp. For the vapour barrier to be effective any leaks from water or waste pipes, wet areas, cladding and so on must be dealt with before the material is installed. We need to check there is no surface water flowing under the building and rain should drain away from the house The vapour barrier is installed completely to cover the soil & be butted up to surrounding foundation walls and piles.

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DRAUGHT

As per Healthy Homes Standardard any gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, floors and doors that cause noticeable draughts must be blocked. This includes all unused chimneys and fireplaces

The houses need to be ventilated to keep the air fresh and dry, relying on draughts causes discomfort and makes it hard and expensive to heat on cold, windy days. At other times, draughts will not provide enough ventilation where you need it. Blocking up draughts is usually cheap and easy to do.

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DRINAGE

Rental properties must have efficient drainage for the removal of storm water, surface water and ground water, including an appropriate outfall. The drainage system must include gutters, downpipes and drains for the removal of water from the roof.

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SMOKE ALARMS

As per Healthy Homes Standards 2019 in every property electric smoke alarm must be installed and in working order 3m of every bedroom door.

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