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Basement / Cellar Waterproofing (tanking) & Conversion

Traditonal Basement Construction

Definition:

Basement waterproofing refers to techniques used to prevent water from entering the basement of a house or other building. Effective below ground waterproofing will include both drainage and sealers.

Waterproofing is needed anytime a structure is built at ground level or below ground. Waterproofing and drainage considerations are especially needed in cases where ground water is likely to build up in the soil and raise the water table. This higher watertable causes hydrostatic pressure to be exerted underneath basement floors and against basement walls. Hydrostatic pressure forces water in through cracks in foundation walls, through openings caused by expansion and contraction of the footing-foundation wall joint and up through floor cracks. Hydrostatic pressure can cause major structural damage to foundation walls and is likely to contribute to mould, decay and other moisture related problems

Methods available:

There are in fact three moethods of waterproofing a basement but Dynamic is only going to mention two of the systems available to the customer because the other is an external waterproof lining that envelopes a basement whilst the property is being built. Dynamic Property Care UK does not get involved in new build so has no need to implement this method into its services.

Despite this though prior to the 1980's external waterproofing was actually damp proofing using a degradable asphalt-based covering and many of these properties basements now need attention. Asphalt and tar based compounds are affected by soil pH. and break down after 10-20 years, thus making that type of waterproofing ineffective over time.

Today, however, Polymer products will completely waterproof an exterior foundation wall. This material has a half life in the thousands of years which makes it ideal for a long term exterior waterproofing solution.

The systems that Dynamic use and implement are:

Traditional Tanking Slurry's
Cavity Drainage Membrane Systems (CDM's)
Please click on the appropriate boxes above to find out more about how these systems can help you attain that lovely dry additional room, which can add upto 20% value on the property concerned.

We carry out basement conversion, tanking and waterproofing throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

 

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