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If you own a property with a cellar or basement, you may have encountered issues such as dampness, water ingress, or structural damage caused by moisture. These problems can be a nightmare to deal with, but fear not – our professional waterproofing and cellar tanking services are here to rescue your space. With our expertise in the field, we provide comprehensive solutions to protect your cellar against damp conditions and prevent water damage.

Understanding cellar tanking and its importance

Cellar tanking, also known as basement tanking, is a waterproofing method designed to create a barrier between the cellar and external moisture. The process involves applying a waterproofing membrane or coating to the cellar walls and floor, preventing water penetration and dampness. This treatment is crucial for preserving the structural integrity of your cellar, preventing the formation of mould and mildew, and ensuring a dry and habitable space.

What is the cellar tanking process?

    1. Survey and Assessment: Our qualified surveyors conduct a thorough inspection of your cellar to identify existing damp or water-related issues. This assessment helps us determine the most suitable cellar tanking solution for your specific requirements.
    1. Surface Preparation: Thoroughly clean the cellar walls and floor, removing any loose debris, dirt, or existing coatings. This step ensures proper adhesion of the tanking material.
    1. Repairing Cracks and Holes: Fill any cracks, holes, or voids in the walls and floor using a suitable filler or repair mortar. Smooth the surface to achieve a level finish
    1. Preparation and Repair: Prior to tanking, we address any underlying structural issues, such as cracks, leaks, or damaged plaster. Repairing these areas ensures a solid substrate for the tanking system and prevents future water ingress.
    1. Applying the Tanking Material: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to apply the chosen tanking material. Use a brush, roller, or trowel to ensure even coverage. Pay extra attention to corners, edges, and joints.
  1. Waterproofing Membrane Application: We apply a specialized cellar tanking membrane or cementitious tanking slurry to the walls and floor. These membranes act as a protective barrier, blocking water penetration and creating a watertight seal.
    1. Cavity Drainage System Installation: In cases where high water pressure or flooding is a concern, we may install a cavity drainage system. This system consists of a network of channels and drainage pipes that collect and redirect water away from the cellar, keeping the space dry and free from water damage.
    1. Sump Pump Integration: To further enhance the effectiveness of the drainage system, we install a sump pump. This pump automatically removes collected water from the sump pit and discharges it outside, ensuring a continuous flow of water away from your cellar.
    1. Curing and Drying Time: Allow the tanking material to cure and dry as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. This duration may vary depending on the chosen product and environmental conditions.
    1. Finishing Touches: After the cellar tanking process, we can assist with the plastering, decoration, and insulation of your cellar, transforming it into a usable and attractive space. We also offer ventilation solutions to maintain optimal air quality and prevent condensation.

With our comprehensive cellar tanking process, we ensure that your cellar is properly protected against dampness, water ingress, and structural damage. Trust our expertise and experience in delivering effective waterproofing solutions for your cellar or basement.

The difference between waterproofing and tanking

Basement tanking and waterproofing are two techniques used to protect basements from water damage. While basement tanking focuses on creating a waterproof barrier during or after construction, waterproofing encompasses a broader range of applications. External tanking systems prevent water penetration by using a waterproof membrane, while internal systems involve coatings applied to walls and floors.

Waterproofing methods, on the other hand, can be applied to various areas of a building. Both basement tanking and waterproofing prevent water damage, enhance property value, and provide assurance of a dry and protected basement.

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The failsafe system consists of wall/floor membranes, fixings, tapes, drainage, insulation and sump chamber.

Comprehensive damp proofing and waterproofing solutions for basements and cellars

At Newton Waterproofing, we understand the importance of protecting your property from the damaging effects of moisture. Whether you have a basement or cellar, our professional team specializes in damp proofing and waterproofing systems to ensure a dry and habitable space.

With our expertise in structural waterproofing, we provide reliable solutions that safeguard your property against rising damp, water ingress, and other moisture-related issues.

Damp proofing and waterproofing systems

At Newton Waterproofing, we provide a range of effective solutions to address dampness and waterproofing needs in basements and cellars. Our expert team utilizes various techniques and systems to ensure a dry and habitable environment for your property.

One of our primary methods is cementitious tanking. With this approach, we apply a specialized cement coating to the walls and floors of your basement or cellar. This cement-based tanking system creates a robust and durable waterproof barrier, effectively preventing water penetration and safeguarding your space. Spray Application Of Newton Cementitious Waterproofing Membrane

In situations where water pressure is a concern, we offer cavity drain membrane installations. This system involves fixing a waterproof membrane to the walls, creating a cavity where water can collect. The collected water is then directed into a drainage system, ensuring a dry environment and preserving the structural integrity of the walls.

Our specialized expertise extends to basement waterproofing, where we understand the unique challenges faced in below-ground spaces. After assessing the specific requirements of your basement, we implement a tailored waterproofing system to mitigate the risk of water ingress and dampness.

With a focus on long-term structural integrity, we offer comprehensive structural waterproofing services. Collaborating closely with surveyors and structural engineers, we develop robust strategies that reinforce walls, floors, and joints, protecting your property against potential water damage.

Addressing the issue of rising damp, a common concern in basements and cellars, we employ various techniques such as chemical injection and damp-proof membranes. These solutions effectively combat rising damp and prevent its damaging effects on your property.

If you’re considering converting your cellar into usable living space, consider a cellar conversion. Our team will ensure that the space is properly damp-proofed, waterproofed and insulated, creating a comfortable and habitable environment for your specific needs. Completed basement renovation

With our expertise in damp proofing and waterproofing, we aim to provide you with reliable and tailored solutions to meet your basement and cellar requirements. Trust Newton Waterproofing to deliver effective results and protect your property from the damaging effects of moisture.

Additional services and considerations when it comes to cellar tanking and waterproofing

  • Wallpaper and Decoration: We understand that aesthetics are important. After implementing our damp proofing or waterproofing systems, we can assist with wallpaper removal, surface preparation, and redecoration to create a fresh and appealing space.
  • Plumbing Considerations: Plumbing systems in basements and cellars require careful attention to prevent leaks and water damage. We collaborate with experienced plumbers to ensure that all plumbing installations are properly integrated with our waterproofing solutions.
  • Surveyor Collaboration: Our team works closely with qualified surveyors to assess the extent of dampness and develop effective solutions. This collaborative approach ensures accurate diagnoses and tailored recommendations for your specific damp proofing or waterproofing needs.
  • Stud Walls and Fillet Seals: In some cases, the installation of stud walls may be necessary for additional insulation or space division. We ensure that stud walls are properly sealed and integrated into the overall waterproofing system to maintain the integrity of the barrier.

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What are the benefits of cellar tanking?

  • Protection against Dampness: Cellar tanking provides a reliable barrier against moisture, preventing the formation of damp walls, condensation, and related issues.
  • Preservation of Structural Integrity: By eliminating water ingress, cellar tanking safeguards the structural stability of your cellar, preventing damage to brickwork and masonry.
  • Conversion Potential: Once your cellar is properly tanked and waterproofed, you can explore exciting possibilities such as basement conversions. Transform your space into additional living areas, entertainment rooms, or a home office with confidence.
  • Increased Property Value: A dry and well-maintained cellar adds value to your property, making it more appealing to potential buyers or tenants.

Expert waterproofing services you can trust

At Newton Waterproofing, we are dedicated to providing high-quality waterproofing services throughout the UK. Our team of experienced professionals specialises in cellar tanking and has the expertise to tackle even the most challenging projects. We adhere to industry standards and use proven methods, ensuring long-lasting results and peace of mind, so contact us today and get started with us.

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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.


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