Basements, in order to be useful, need to be dry with low humidity levels; however, often they are anything but. Mould, condensation, and flaking plaster are all signs of a damp cellar, and must be rectified if you intend to use this below ground space.
The process will involve adding an internal waterproof surface, or basement tanking, and should only be carried out by specialised experts.
Our team has many years of waterproofing experience, are fully insured and use technologically advanced methods and materials.
There are several ways our waterproofing contractors can achieve a dry, comfortable cellar for your property:
- A cementitious render applied to the walls – polymer can be added, if necessary, to improve flexibility and adhesion.
- A chemically modified multi-coat render
- A cavity drain membrane – this involves lining your below ground room and pumping away any excess water. This is also called basement tanking, or cellar tanking.
Our waterproofing contractors will survey and assess your cellar. They will look at its suitability and construction, structural integrity, the surrounding ground conditions, including the water table height, and your basement’s intended usage. They will then recommend the ideal method of waterproofing your property.
Methods of Application
Every type of basement waterproofing has a different application method, although the basic tenet is that there must be an unbroken layer of finished waterproofing to prevent damp seeping through.
Our team are experienced in these methods, and can be completely relied upon to leave you with a perfect waterproof finish, and a lovely dry room, ready for the next stage. Call us today to discuss your waterproofing requirements – 0207 127 6886
Making it Home
Once the waterproof surface has cured completely, the decorating can start. Our contractors can advise you of the best surface finish to use in order to maintain the integrity of your waterproof render, or tanking system.
It’s important that the surface chosen is permeable in order to prevent a build up of moist air, so care must be taken when selecting your wall covering. If you favour paint, avoid impermeable Gloss paint; don’t choose modern Vinyl Matt and Silk paints for the same reason.
Trade emulsions and mineral based paints tend to be permeable and therefore perfectly suited to your new downstairs room, giving you a huge range of colours to choose from and the perfect finish you dreamed of!
By choosing an experienced, and fully insured, team of waterproofing contractors, you should end up with the perfect extra room – no fuss, no drama, no tears.
However, occasionally an unavoidable or unpredicted issue does rear its ugly head; structural defects can affect the integrity of your waterproof surface, or pumps may fail if you have a basement tanking system, for example.
Contact our team immediately in this unlikely event, and we will rectify it and any resulting damage as soon as possible. Call Us Today 0207 127 6886