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Closing up draughty airbricks

  1. Tracy from Edmondton
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Question

I live in a Victorian house which has air bricks to the ground floor. Can I close these air bricks as my house is very cold and a draught is coming in through the openings?

Answer

Hi Tracy,

All properties with suspended timber floors at ground level require an adequate flow of air beneath the timbers at sub-floor level. If the air bricks are blocked or closed this will reduce the ventilation and the risk of serious rot and damp will be increased.

Air bricks should never be blocked or closed and it is recommended that all air bricks are inspected and cleaned on an annual basis.



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