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Cavity Wall Insulation Removal – Everything you Need to Know

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OVER the years many people have been a victim of poorly installed cavity wall insulation. In contrast to what you were promised, the insulation is failing to keep your home warm.

When the correct material is installed to a home that is in good condition, cavity wall insulation is an energy efficient way to keep your home warm. However over recent years cavity wall insulation has been known to be installed incorrectly. This has caused problems such as penetrating damp, condensation, mould and deterioration of existing render/masonry.

If you’ve experienced any of the above lately, then it is time to consider extracting your cavity wall insulation.

Unsure whether you need cavity wall insulation removal? Speak to one of our friendly specialists for a free consultation.

Why has my cavity wall insulation failed?

Many homeowners can be completely unaware if their cavity walls have been installed correctly. It is impossible to know if it is under-filled, over-packed, where it has slumped, where areas have been missed, blockage to vents and other internal obstructions. From our experience the blame can normally be placed on one of the following pointers;

– The cavity has not been appropriately cleared prior to the install.

– How prone the property’s location is to wind and rain exposure.

– Damage to external walls such as cracks within render/ pointing of brickwork.

– The cavity width is too small.

– Property structure is not appropriate for cavity insulation.

– Insulation has not been installed properly.

– Debris in the cavity wall which causes a thermal bridge.

– Poor materials have been installed such as mineral wool, formaldehyde foam.

– No bonding agent installed with carbon carbon, diamond bead or expanded polystyrene beads.

– Leaking roof and damage to soffit.

– Insulation becoming wet through flooding or fire damage.

Are there grants available for cavity extraction?

At this moment in time, cavity extraction grants are not available. However, for those who still have access to their guarantees, there is a possibility that you could claim off the guarantee provider. This process can be tedious however our specialists are there to help you.

Is it possible to remove cavity wall insulation?

Failed cavity wall insulation will not get better over time, it will get worse. The good news is that it is possible to extract the current insulation and remove any debris.

Our team of technicians are able to remove insulation and rubble from within your cavity using an extraction machine. In addition to this, air bricks are installed to the external wall of the property to allow cross flow ventilation. This is crucial and will allow the cavity to breathe and the internal skin to dry out.

What is cavity wall extraction?

Cavity wall extraction is the process of removing defective wall insulation. As a result of poorly insulated cavities there is a growing demand for cavity extraction across the UK.

Particularly in areas of high wind and rain exposure. There are many cavity wall extraction companies offering their service. However, be sure to check that they hold an oscar onsite certification and trustmark approval. This will ensure a high standard of workmanship.

How long does it take to extract cavity wall insulation?

The average cavity wall extraction takes roughly 2 days, however this figure varies from property to property. Some insulative materials can become rigid or rubble can collect at the bottom of the cavity from previous work. Both of which can slow down the process drastically. Nevertheless, it’s crucially important to remember that the cavity space has been cleared and nothing can act as a thermal bridge.

Will cavity extraction cure my penetrating damp?

Essentially, when the defective cavity wall insulation has been successfully extracted moisture will be unable to pass from the external brick to the internal brick. With time and the correct ventilation the damp will dry out and there will no longer be a problem. However depending on the damage that has been done already for example, blown plaster or render this would have to be rectified by a specialist.

How do our technicians detect failed cavity wall insulation?

The survey process is straightforward and allows our technicians to gauge the severity of the problem and which method is best suited to extract the insulation.

– A general inspection can be carried out; cracks within brickwork, damp spots/patches on render and vents which aren’t sleeved.

– A borescope inspection allows our technician to look inside the cavity which is a quick and easy way to determine the state of the insulation.

– Thermal imaging is another way to diagnose areas of the property that may be acting as a thermal bridge.

Who are we?

At First Choice Energy, our mission is to create a more sustainable world to live in. To do this, we need to reduce our energy usage by creating energy-efficient homes. That’s why we work with homeowners across the UK, helping with increasing heating and insulation efficiency throughout their homes. Check our website to see how we can help you today.

Email:- firstchoiceenergylimited@gmail.com

Contact Number:- 07884 004516

For more information visit our website https://firstchoiceenergy.co.uk/

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The best beaches in and around Aberystwyth – by CN Traveller

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BY KERRY WALKER

AT THE MERCY of the Irish Sea, cool, cultured Aberystwyth in Cardigan Bay has some terrific surf-smashed beaches, hidden coves and coastal trails right on its doorstep. Once you’ve wandered the Marine Terrace, fizzing with Victorian seaside fun, take a towel and picnic basket to one of the following beaches in Wales, which are gorgeous even if the weather doesn’t play ball.

The best beaches in Aberystwyth

North beach in Aberystwyth

Backed by a parade of Georgian houses in pretty pastels, Aber’s North Beach is the seaside of childhood bucket-and-spade fantasies, with its Victorian pier, bandstand, ice cream parlour and ribbon of dark sand and shingle. Come in winter for the fieriest sunsets and to see murmurations of starlings swoop like storm clouds above the pier.

Otherwise, shuffle over to quieter, wavier South Beach to swim, surf or bodyboard. In the warmer months, keep an eye out for porpoises splashing offshore. Aberoutdoors in the marina rents out kayaks and stand-up paddleboards and offers intro sessions and guided sunset paddles.

Just across the river, you’ll find it quieter still at the pebbly arc of Penparcau, which peers up to the green knobble of Pen Dinas, an Iron Age hill fort. Climb to the top for uplifting views that reach for miles.

Scallop from SY23 restaurant

Where to eat in Aberystwyth

Few places in Wales rival Aberystwyth for food. Providing you’ve booked weeks ahead, dust off the sand and head to Michelin-starred SY23 for lunch. Chef Nathan Davies has devised a menu that is Welsh through and through, with locally farmed, fished and foraged produce cooked over a wood fire. Can’t get a table? Go for tapas and vermouth at Ultracomida deli and vinoteca.

Where to stay in Aberystwyth

Gwesty Cymru is a graceful Georgian townhouse right on Aber’s Marine Terrace. The rooms are poshed-up with oil paintings by local artist Bethan Clwyd and handmade oak-and-slate furniture. Top billing goes to the Blue Room, where you can gaze over the pier and out to sea from the bay window nook or bathtub.

The best beaches near Aberystwyth

Cardigan Bay

Hook onto the Wales Coast Path, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, to clamber over Constitution Hill to Clarach, a mile north of town. This cliff-backed scoop of sand and shingle has stirring views across Cardigan Bay to the mountains of Snowdonia, and with luck, you’ll spot dolphins playing in the surf.

Heading north, the coast ups its game. From Aber, it’s a gorgeous five-mile walk along gorse-cloaked cliff tops or a 20-minute drive to Borth, three miles of gently shelving butterscotch sand backed by pebbles and dunes. Stiff breezes whipping off the Irish Sea make it brilliant for windsurfing and kite-surfing, and at very low tide you can see the petrified stumps of a prehistoric forest submerged 4500 years ago.

If you’d rather see the coast from the sea, Aberadventures can take you kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and surfing, with lessons and equipment rental.

A hop north brings you to the great ripple of dunes at Ynyslas, part of Dyfi National Nature Reserve, where the expanse of sea and sky, exhilarating winds and waves, trill of seabirds and views across the Dyfi Estuary to Snowdonia’s moody peaks are life-affirming stuff on bright, cloudless days.

Ynyshir

Where to eat near Aberystwyth

Grab fish and chips, a panini or a simple pub lunch in Borth. You’ll find gourmet fixings picnic fixings at Ultracomida and Agnelli’s in town for a lunch among the dunes at Ynyslas.

Where to stay near Aberystwyth

Tables at two-Michelin-starred Ynyshir, a 10-minute drive inland from Ynyslas, are a rare and precious thing (book months ahead). Here chef Gareth Ward walks the culinary high-wire, with punchy flavours that big up smoke, fire and foraged ingredients in a never-ending feast of exquisitely composed courses. Sleepover in a Scandi-stylish room or tipi with a private hot tub and fire pit.

The best beaches south of Aberystwyth

A view of the West Wales coast looking north from the coastal path about a half mile north of Cwmtydu

Aber makes a cracking base for striking south to explore the rugged, cove-necklaced Ceredigion coast. In less than an hour’s drive, you’ll hit seasidey New Quay, where Georgian houses in ice-cream pastels cluster above a harbour and sheltered sandy beach. Pods of bottlenose dolphins frolic offshore. SeaMor runs conservation-focused boat trips with marine biologists and in-the-know skippers. Go at sunset to glimpse the dolphins are at their most active. If you fancy more seclusion, you can charter a skippered boat to pin down a cove for a snorkel and picnic. If you prefer to go it alone, Cardigan Bay Watersports rents out kayaks and paddleboards.

Otherwise, hike over cliff and stile to Cwm Silio on a six-mile circular walk, looking out for seals, dolphins and seabirds like guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes. A waterfall cascades over cliffs to this remote thumbprint of sand at the foot of a wooded valley. From here, the trail whips south to Castell Bach, a rocky cove topped off by an Iron Age hill fort, and pebble-and-shingle, rock pool-splashed Cwm Tydu, where smugglers once hid their booty in caves and where now seals pup in autumn.

langrannog beach from above Ceredigion in west Wales

Further south, cliff-clasped Llangrannog draws families with its generous golden sands and cave-honeycombed cliffs. At low tide, neighbouring Cilborth appears like a magic trick – a beautiful crescent of sand backed by caves and rock formations. Walk up to Ynys Lochtyn headland for a soul-stirring view across Cardigan Bay. Seals, and in September and October their fluffy pups, often haul out on rocks below.

More fabulous beaches unfurl further south. Loveliest of the lot is National Trust Penbryn, where ferny, waterfall-draped beech woods ripe for a fairy tale spill down to a mile-long sweep of sand hemmed by dunes and cliffs. But don’t stop here: follow the coast path north to cut-off Traeth Bach. A quick scrabble down the rocks reveals this castaway fantasy cove, with its crumbling cliffs and sea arch.

Where to eat south of Aberystwyth

Try the harbourfront Lime Crab in New Quay for fish and chips and seafood bites. Overlooking Llangrannog bay, The Beach Hut serves classic fish and chips and summery lunches like a heritage tomato salad with feta and pickled walnuts and Tuscan fish stew. Lodged in a converted cart house at Penbryn, The Plwmp Tart is a treasure, with organic and garden-grown ingredients pepping up cakes, quiches and tarts.

Where to stay south of Aberystwyth

Tag on an overnight stay for more beach time. Just north of New Quay in pretty Aberaeron, the Harbourmaster is a rustic-chic boutique find, with sea views and outstanding food. A 10-minute walk from Penbryn is a dairy farm turned luxe glamping escape Fforest Coast, with log cabins, geodesic domes and a Georgian farmhouse in wild surroundings.

(Credit: https://www.cntraveller.com/article/best-beaches-aberystwyth)

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The Gallery Yr Oriel presents Lyndon Thomas ‘The Promised Land’

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THE GALLERY YR ORIEL Newport Pembs is delighted to host a new exhibition for Lyndon Thomas to celebrate his 80th year. 

Lyndon’s artistic career has spanned five decades that include painting, pottery and wood turning.  

Work by Lyndon Thomas

Lyndon focused on painting from 2008, and evolved a method of working in acrylic on paper, using painting knives, with the bulk of his subject matter being the landscape of North Pembrokeshire and Lleyn Peninsula, the two western extremities of Wales. 

The exhibition is representative of work produced over the past year, and will also include some selected pieces of pottery from his collection, and the title, The Promised Land, sums up his feelings towards the beautiful land and seascapes that are found throughout Wales.

‘The Promised Land’ exhibition starts on June 24

The exhibition launch is on Friday 24 th June from 5 – 7pm, there are paper catalogues available, and an online e-catalogue is also available on our website www.thegallery-yroriel.com/whats-on

We look forward to seeing you all at the launch which is open to everybody, and we will be serving refreshments.

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The Gallery Yr Oriel presents new body of work by Clare Rose

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THIS outstanding new body of work by Clare, is one of her hugely inspiring collections of some 30 years of intermittent painting and study-painting experiences.

Originally a self taught painter, Clare gained a first and distinction in BA and MA Fine Art degrees at Aberystwyth University, where she taught for many years.

Clare’s work is available between April 8 – 29

The rhythms of the Pembrokeshire seasons, its landscape and coastline, and in particular the arrival of Spring are the inspiration for many of the paintings, sketching ‘en plein air’ whenever possible, then developing the paintings in the studio.

Many of these paintings explore abstract approaches that reflect a deeper, and more ‘felt’ personal experience, and are an invitation to the viewer to share and creatively reinterpret these sensations.

This exhibition is a must see, no pre-booking required, we would love to see you at the launch on Friday 8th April from 5 – 7pm for refreshments, and the show will be running for three weeks.

No pre-booking required to view the outstanding new body of work

Paper catalogues are available, and the e-catalogue is available on the website www.thegallery-yroriel/whatson/

We are open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, we look forward to seeing you.

Contact 01239 821514 www.thegallery-yroriel.com

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