Basement Waterproofing

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What is Basement waterproofing

Basement waterproofing can often mean the difference between a basement being a dank, damp and miserable space and it being safe, dry and habitable.

More often than not basements reside “below the water table”. This means they are vulnerable to hydrostatic pressure caused by water in the ground that surrounds them. This pressure caused by water against the floor and wall of the basement will often lead to cracks, leaks and eventually damp problems.

For these reasons, If you want to convert the basement in your property into a usable space, then basement damp proofing is essential.

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How does basement waterproofing work

Deciding on the best basement damp proofing method will be dependent on the requirements of the job at hand, there are a myriad of different basement waterproofing options and the right one for your project will vary. The most common basement waterproofing job we do on a domestic level involves the installation of modern “water management” systems that use a system of wall membranes, drainage and sump pumps to collect and remove water from your basement without effecting the habitability of the space. This is a popular retro-fit solution for basement conversions and basement flats.

Peter Cox also offer more traditional cementitious solutions otherwise known as basement tanking, along with integrated waterproofing for new build properties and construction projects.

In the industry these are referred to as “Types” of waterproofing:

  • Type A – Tanking/Cementitious/Physical waterproofing
  • Type B – Integrated Waterproofing Systems
  • Type C – Water Management Systems

Modern basement waterproofing

The most modern way to waterproof a basement involves managing and channeling any water ingress using hidden drainage systems that work in conjunction with structural waterproofing membranes and high quality sump pumps.

These components work together to lower the pressure on the basement walls by managing the build-up of ground water around the basement. The result is to leave a dry basement fit for any kind of conversion you desire.

The sections below explains how each of these components work:

Traditional basement damp proofing

Tanking is a physical barrier that is applied to basement walls to prevent moisture ingress. This barrier will consist of waterproof slurry or cement will literally block any water from getting into your basement.

While tanking is designed to be strong and durable, it can run into problems in areas with overwhelming hydrostatic pressure or anywhere susceptible to ground vibrations e.g. properties near busy roads or railway tracks. However, tanking is a tried and tested method of waterproofing that has been around for years, and it can be the ideal solution for many projects.

Why choose Peter Cox for basement waterproofing?

Peter Cox are industry leading basement waterproofing professionals. We have been making properties dry, safe and habitable since 1951 and we are also rated and approved by many different trade bodies such as Which? and the British Structural Waterproofing Association. Not only this, but all our waterproofing surveyors are CSSW (Certified Surveyor of Structural Waterproofing) qualified.
Whether you are planning domestic basement conversion or waterproofing large commercial space, Peter Cox can help from one of our many local branches all across the country.

Contact the basement waterproofing experts

Do you have a damp, unusable basement that you want to turn into a dry and functional space? Then call Peter Cox on 0800 633 5712 today. You can also get in touch online by using our online contact form and one of our expert staff will get back to you.

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