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BASEMENT WATERPROOFING

BASEMENT WATERPROOFING

What is Basement Waterproofing or a basement conversion?

Basement / cellar Waterproofing, or basement / cellar conversions are general terms used to describe methods and solutions of achieving a dry and habitable space from a damp and potentially flooded basement area. These methods essentially prevent surrounding ground moisture and water pressure from penetrating the substrate and making its way to the internals of the area.

Structural weaknesses can occur if water penetrates through cracks and joints and breaks out onto the basement floor.

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The Three Types of Waterproofing Systems

Here in the UK a basement waterproofing specialist company like ourselves will typically undertake one of three main types of basement and cellar waterproofing methods which are all designed to prevent water and moisture from entering areas of the property that are situated below or partially below ground level.

Lets take a brief look at these main methods.

Type A Waterproofing

This is when a barrier or protective layer is applied either internally or externally to the substrate of the property below ground level to essentially seal and prevent moisture entering.

The term basement tanking is often referred to when talking about type A waterproofing methods.

Basement tanking and Cellar tanking can refer to both physical membranes and cementitious tanking slurry coatings. In some occasions one of either will be used but it is common to find a combination of a tanking membrane and a tanking slurry used in conjunction.

Type B Waterproofing

This type of waterproofing is incorporated within the actual design of the build and considers the waterproofing of the area as an integral part of the structure to prevent moisture and water ingress.

Type C Waterproofing

This waterproofing method is actually more of a water management process. In basic terms, Type C waterproofing is when any water that enters the property is directed through the walls typically with a cavity drainage system into channels which is then collected by a sump and pump. The water is then pumped out safely from the property leaving a perfectly dry interior.

All of these different waterproofing solutions have their place and are used in varying circumstances. When our surveyor visits the property we will be able to outline the exact system and methods that should be used and in many circumstances this can a combination of systems used together in conjunction.

Basement Waterproofing Systems
Types of Basement Waterproofing Systems

Benefits of Waterproofing and Basement or Cellar conversion

Basement and cellar waterproofing is essential when converting your basement into a dry, habitable space.  Any basement or cellar conversion should start with waterproofing. On many occasions the correct waterproofing of a basement is overlooked during a conversion which ends up extremely costly for the homeowner.

The design and specification of basement waterproofing solutions and methods for a damp basement or cellar is a vitally important aspect of a cellar or basement conversion project. This is why it is important to use a reputable basement waterproofing contractor like Damp Proofing Solutions.

At Damp Proofing Solutions, we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge and experience when designing and converting below-ground level structures. You can rest assured that from the initial survey through to project completion and aftercare your property will be under expert care.

Typically, when the term basement or cellar is used a dark, damp and dingey picture comes to mind. However, this doesn’t have to be the case, we convert and transform the worst basements into luxury spaces that are used as bedrooms, home gyms, playrooms, home offices or even a cinema area.

With the rapid increase in property prices many of our customers are utilising their basement spaces to add more floor area to the property adding a huge uplift in value to the property itself.

Causes & Signs of damp and Water in your Basement

In many circumstances basements and below ground level areas of a house can be structurally sound but are not built in a way that facilitates water drainage or waterproofing. The signs that you may have problems in your basement are:

  • Condensation forming on walls and floors
  • Damp, humid air with mould forming or stored items
  • Water logging and standing to the floor
  • Water ingress at certain points of the walls
  • Salt forming to walls and floors
  • Stale and musty smells

How does a converted basement look?

Below are some fantastic examples of how we can transform your damp basement space into a beautiful part of your home.

As fully qualified waterproofing contractors we will ensure that any basement waterproofing is carried out to the highest standards leaving you with dry habitable areas like the examples below.

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Before Basement Waterproofing Has Taken Place

In these image captured before our basement conversion team started work you can clearly see the condition of the area. Visible damp and mould to the floor and walls where the water pressure from the surrounding earth has penetrated through cracks and vulnerable points of the basement structure.

Our highly skilled basement technicians have converted this space by using a combination of type A and type C waterproofing.

We have controlled the hydrostatic pressure to the floor and walls using a basement tanking coating before using cavity drainage systems to remove any water that does make its way through the first protective layer.

Our highly skilled basement technicians have converted this space by using a combination of type A and type C waterproofing.

We have controlled the hydrostatic pressure to the floor and walls using a basement tanking coating before using cavity drainage systems to remove any water that does make its way through the first protective layer.

During Basement Waterproofing

Please find below a selection of images taken during the basement waterproofing and conversion process. You can click on any of the images to enlarge them and view in more detail.

After Basement Waterproofing Services Has Taken Place

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After Basement Waterproofing

After the initial tanking and cavity drainage waterproofing process is complete we have insulated the floor and walls, then plaster boarded the walls before skimming out the room to a nice smooth finish. This room will now be a lovely warm, dry completely habitable space.

The demand for more space in the home over recent years has seen us converting basements of more and more homes this exact way, after all the basement is a space in your home so why not utilise it to its full potential like you would any other room in the property.

Basement Waterproofing Conversions

Contacting our basement team.

Damp Proofing Solutions are a long established basement waterproofing company here to help with any damp basement problem. Don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team by calling on 0800 093 9473  or requesting a call back from us here.

A Basement survey with Damp Proofing Solutions will allow our waterproofing surveyors to be able to identify exactly what is required to achieve your perfectly converted basement area.

Our basement solutions also benefit from our design and installation services along with our long-term guarantees ensuring you have complete peace of mind that your basement will be a lovely, dry part of your home.

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