Cellar and Basement Tanking
Basement tanking to basements and cellars adds valuable square footage to any property. Basements can be used as living space, storage area, or housing for heating or air-conditioning systems – but whatever its purpose, a basement needs to stay dry to remain usable and safe. When originally built, the space should have been contained within an external basement tanking system to keep damp away. However, being underground, the walls will be naturally susceptible to damp and water ingress is a high possibility, especially over time.
London Damp Specialists offer a variety of basement tanking options to make any basement water and damp proof, and to prevent any water entering. We can fit a Cavity Drainage Membrane to effectively drain any water away from the basement; sump pumps will move water away from the property and to a storm drain; a cemented multi-coat render acts as a barrier, sealing the basement from the inside walls and preventing any water penetrating. Basement tanking is an effective method of damp proofing your home.
How Does Basement Tanking Work?
This is a very brief overview of some of London Damp Specialists’ solutions for damp basements. Following a survey of your property, we will provide a full and thorough report with recommendations for remedial action. The work may include:
- Removing any damp or damaged plaster
- Adding a salt neutraliser to walls to dissolve salts present from damp penetration
- Applying a tanking system (as mentioned above)
- Adding a waterproof sand and cement interior render
- Finishing with a smooth skim coat plaster
There are other options for basement tanking that could involve:
- Fitting a cavity drainage membrane;
- Adding plasterboard or plaster directly over the membrane.
If you have a basement or cellar you wish to utilise for whatever purpose, simply call London Damp Specialists on 020 8528 3864 and we can advise on the best course of action to add valuable, functional space to your property. Given the nature of the situation, any work we undertake will carry a degree of disturbance to you but we work with minimum disruption and maximum effect, leaving you with a damp-free property and peace of mind with our 30-year watertight guarantee.