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Basement Waterproofing

Basement Waterproofing or Damp Proofing is one of our specialist services. We can work with homeowners, contractors and even property developers to either retrofit Basement Waterproofing or help prevent damp issues on new-build basements! The waterproofing of a basement can help prevent damp build-up or future flooding. We will choose the right level of waterproofing to suit your basement, whether it is an older established basement or a modern install or conversion.

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Basement Conversion

Converting or extending a basement in properties is becoming ever more popular. It is often more cost-effective compared to moving and can add value to your home! It can provide so much more beneficial extra living space in your property without drastically transforming the interior or exterior of your home too much. Basement conversions are an excellent and affordable way to transform the space in your home that is already there into something more usable.

Ways To Use A Basement Conversion:

• Play Or Children’s Room
• Cinema Or Games Room
• Home Gymnasium
• Storage Or Living Space

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Cellar Conversions

If you have a cellar in your property, the option to maximise on space and add extra value to your property is definitely an option you can consider.

Even if the space in your cellar seems limited or you have not paid any TLC to it, We operate in East Anglia and can provide a solution that will enable you to create any kind of living or storage space and make your living space bigger without the need to move house.

Damp Proofing Specialists can provide you with a highly experienced team of trade professionals that can guarantee an excellent finish that is backed by our 30-year guarantee on all work undertaken.

We can design and implement a number of different services to enhance your living space from damp proofing/cellar tanking, right through to a complete cellar conversion, turning what was once unused or limited space into an additional living space.

Basement Tanking

Tanking involves the internal application of a waterproof material directly onto the walls, floor and sometimes the ceiling of underground space. This material will create a barrier to prevent moisture from getting into the basement, cellar etc…

The level of protection that tanking can provide depends on a few factors such as the levels of hydrostatic pressure surrounding the property foundations and any external movements or vibrations that could cause cracks or damage to the tanking material.

That said, if the environment is suitable and the tanking is applied correctly, then it would be a highly effective method of keeping a space dry.

Other names for tanking include “cementitious waterproofing” and “Type A Waterproofing”.

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Cellar Tanking

Cellars are often damp and unusable beyond storing the odd bottle of wine and old tin of paint. If you want to make full use of your cellar or basement, then you will need to keep it dry. Tanking systems provide an impermeable waterproofing coating to the walls and floor, helping keep cellars dry.

When it comes to waterproofing a basement with damp walls you have two main options:

1) Install a cavity drainage system

2) Cellar tanking

There is some confusion about exactly what constitutes cellar tanking. The term has come to refer to above-ground damp proofing as well as cavity wall membranes as part of a basement drainage system. In this article, we are going to focus on cellar tanking as per the following definition.

What is Cellar Tanking

Cellar tanking or basement tanking refers to the application of a liquid waterproof coating (tanking slurry) to the walls and floor of a cellar. It is used to treat damp walls by preventing water ingress, effectively making the walls permanently watertight.

Damp walls are common in cellars because the walls are below ground. Water from the retaining earth can make its way through the walls and into the cellar. When this moisture passes through the wall, it can also carry salts and minerals with it.

Damp walls are cold which creates issues with condensation and in turn mould. The tanking slurry is designed to deal with these issues. It is applied directly to damp walls. When the tanking slurry cures, it forms an impermeable waterproof barrier, preventing water ingress and dampness.

It’s important to point out that, unlike a cavity drain system, tanking slurry blocks water from entering your cellar rather than allowing it in and controlling it to an evacuation point.

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What is damp?

Damp is a common problem, that properties across the UK will suffer from at some stage. If untreated, damp can be extremely damaging to the structure and fabric of your home.

If you are unsure what causes structural dampness, it is the presence of unwanted moisture in the structure of a building. Dampness is caused by either the result of penetration from outside or damp created within the property.

Why does damp occur?

A high proportion of damp problems in buildings is caused by penetrating damp and rising damp. In most cases, dampness is caused by defects or damage to a building like defective roof coverings, render or rainwater gutters and downpipes.

Where can dampness be found?

Dampness can be found anywhere in a building and can affect all types of properties, old and new. It is important that when dampness is suspected you get an accurate diagnosis to determine the type of damp and the cause of the problem. 

How can I identify dampness?

At Damp Proofing Specialists, we use a wide range of instruments and techniques in conjunction with our experience to investigate and identify the presence of excessive moisture in buildings. It is important that a professional surveyor assesses your property to determine what is causing the damp.

Is my property damp proof?

It is vital that your property has a damp proofed structure that will protect the building from problems such as penetrating damp, rising damp and below ground damp.

A Damp Proofing system is a moisture control barrier that can be applied to walls, floors and the structure to prevent moisture from passing into the interior living spaces. Damp issues in buildings is extremely common in the UK and damp remedial treatment is one of the most common property care repairs.

What is damp proofing membrane?

The ground below your floor should have a damp-proof membrane to stop damp coming from the ground and a damp-proof membrane can be applied to the internal side of an external wall to stop damp getting to your plaster and decoration. These membranes are also used on wall areas that are below ground level that can be affected by penetrating damp from the ground.

Why remove plaster during damp proofing?

Plaster must be removed during the damp proofing process as rising damp coming from the ground not only brings moisture but also brings hygroscopic salts, nitrates, and chlorides.

Hygroscopic salts attract moisture from the atmosphere. These salts will contaminate the plaster inside the property and even after a remedial DPC has been inserted the salt contaminated plaster can still become damp. It is vital that contaminated plaster is stripped and replaced during the treatment.