Hampshire Trading Standards have recieved reports of cold callers at the door and also on the telephone who are offering spray foam insulation for lofts.
The callers claim to be working with Trading Standards on behalf of local authorities.
The sales pitch focuses on the savings that could be made if you opt for this service and also that existing glass fibre insulation no longer meets current regulations or will soon be illegal. This is untrue.
Although in some cases spray foam insulation can be effective, it can also cause problems if incorrectly applied, and is often unnecessary. One of the main problems can be lack of ventilation to the roof space, which can cause condensation and damp. Often the wooden roof beams are encased in the foam, this can cause the wood to rot inside.
Once applied, the foam is almost impossible to remove without damaging the roof. Therefore, it is important to research the suitability of the foam for the property before having it installed. The resale value of the property may be affected if the foam is unsuitable.
The National Insulation Association (NIA) represents the insulation industry in the United Kingdom and have a code of professional practice that all members agree to follow. It is recommended that you always use an NIA installer or by calling 08451 636363.
For further information on energy savings you can contact the Energy Savings Trust on 0300 123 1234
Trading Standards advise residents not to agree to work that is instigated as a result of a cold call or via a leaflet drop. Residents should obtain at least 3 written quotes from reputable businesses or traders who are either members of the Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Buy With Confidence Scheme or a recognised trade association.
Traders who agree work at the home of an individual or at a place other than their usual business premises are required by law to provide consumers with a Notice of Right to Cancel, which gives a 14 day cooling off period from the date the work starts. Even if work has started, there is still a legal right to cancel, although some payment may be required for materials.
For non urgent enquires, or to inform Trading Standards about companies offering foam insulation where false claims are suspected, can report the matter to our partners at the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06. Please try to obtain a name and address for the company. For urgent enquires or where insulation has been agreed too, contact Hampshire County Council's Quick Response Team on 01962 833666 (Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm).
If assistance is required outside of these hours please contact Hampshire Police on their non-urgent number 101 or dial 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated.