Why is Basement Waterproofing Important?
Whether you are an architect or developer working on a new multi-property development, or a homeowner converting a basement, installing a robust basement waterproofing system is vitally important for protecting the structure against water ingress.
Converting a basement, or extending a property below ground, can be a great way of increasing the living space and adding financial value to the property. It is very important to choose the right products and contractor to undertake the work, and that you have a secure guarantee and maintenance agreement in place from the contractor for the waterproofing system.
We always follow the recommendations of the British Standard 8102:2009 for waterproofing below ground structures. This defines three forms of waterproofing:
Type A (barrier protection) – tanking membranes applied to inside or outside of the structure
Type B (integral protection) – waterbars within construction joints
Type C (drained protection) – a cavity drain system comprising waterproof membranes, pumps and drainage
A combination waterproofing system is recommended where the consequence of failure or the likelihood of water ingress is high – and we would usually recommend that one of the forms of waterproofing is a Type C or Cavity Drain System (CDM). Because they are maintainable, CDM Systems are acknowledged as the safest form waterproofing a new or existing basement structures. The choice of the other system is largely dictated by the type of structure. We can help to ascertain what’s right for your project.
We are often called in to help where the wrong basement waterproofing products have been installed, or have been installed incorrectly. We can always help to put this right – but significant delays to the project may have already occurred. Let us help you get it right first time.
We would always recommend one of our Newton Specialist Basement Contractors (NSBC) undertake the work. They are specialists in waterproofing, and will guarantee both the design and installation of the waterproofing.
Do contact one of our technical team for any further advice on your project. If you are a homeowner we can liaise with your architect directly if you would like to help design the best waterproofing solution for your property. We can also provide you with a list of Newton Specialist Basement Contractors in your area. These hold the CSSW Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing and offer insured-backed guarantees for the project.
For architects and developers, we can attend design meetings and site visits and provide the necessary training to ensure success from pre-design stage right the way through to installation.
Testimonial written during recent Oxfordshire floods. Flood mitigation system installed by Newton Specialist Basement Contractor Stonehouse Basements:
"My friends and family were amazed how well the system did exactly what it was supposed to. Following the event, I have not had to claim on my insurance, I have not had to clean up or had any stress put on me, as my home was saved. I believe that due to your waterproofing I will be able to at any point sell my house and that due to the waterproofing system it will actually add value. My neighbours whom had not installed the flood protection were devastated at the amount it is going to cost them to repair the damage caused by the flooding, the stress it caused and is causing and the sheer turmoil it leaves behind" - Detective Sgt Maria Banks, Local CID, Oxford Police Station.
Our staff are able to provide guidance for projects of all sizes, whether you require some general advice about damp or waterproofing, or support with technical drawings and specifications.
Newton Specialist Basement Contractors (NSBC) are an elite group of professional structural waterproofing and damp proofing specialists who work in partnership with us to provide clients with the best products, design and installation.