In extreme cases, flooding could also result, leading to additional damp issues such as mould growth and condensations. Rather than traditional waterproofing, you might prefer to install a system of water management that goes beyond holding the water in the waterproofed location back. Instead, the system diverts the water into the drainage and thus rids your property of water.
Why Does Damp Affect Cellars and Basements?
Damp is more likely to affect cellars and basements as these spaces are underground and their walls retain soil that groundwater has saturated. A lateral push of hydrostatic pressure enables the underground moisture to penetrate the wall. Failure to arrest the ingress can result in deterioration of the internal surfaces and brickwork.
We can either block (tank) damp in vaults, cellars, or basements or control it with membranes that are specially studded for the purpose.
Because people rarely use damp cellars or basements, these spaces often suffer from poor heating or ventilation. As there is scant control of the humidity and damp, these spaces are not pleasant to be in. Timber decay – including dry rot and wet rot — can also result from long-term dampness. The phenomenon is especially severe in case you have structural timbers directly touching or built into masonry that is damp.
All said and done, eradication of problems related to dampness in an underground part of a property can be very complex. Hence, you should engage an expert to investigate the issue thoroughly on a priority basis.
How Can Basement Waterproofing Help?
You would need basement waterproofing if you have built your property or structure, or a substantial part of it, below or level with the ground. You are likely to see water building up in the soil around the basement area: the groundwater table is effectively raised, and the hydrostatic pressure of water can adversely affect the property. The walls and floor of your basement are subjected to water pressure that could result in the seepage of water through joints and cracks as well as cause the structure of your basement to become weak.
In the absence of basement waterproofing, the seepage of water could result in structural issues, decay, mould, and myriad damp-related problems. You will observe differences in each basement waterproofing effort: project specifications can vary depending on what use the area was planned to be put to, as well as what conditions prevail at sites.
If you plan to convert the basement in order to make it a functional space, you will need a comprehensive waterproofing solution that can keep the area completely dry and fulfil regulations relating to living space. Traditional and modern waterproofing systems for use in basements have very different functionalities. Rather than relying on a simple application of a waterproofing barrier with the hope of making the basement impenetrable, users of modern waterproofing systems in basements seek to combine a cavity membrane aimed at waterproofing the floor and walls with a drainage system aimed at controlling the water.
The water seeping into the basement is managed and, in turn, directed by the system to a pump and sump combination or towards a previously provided drain. The water is pumped out by the system, effectively lowering the water pressure directed at the floor and walls to keep your basement dry.
Damp Proofing Can Help Prevent
- Rising / Penetrating Damp
- Ingress of Water
- Salt Crystallization
- Plaster Breakdown
- Damp Staining
- Wet Rot / Dry Rot
Can a Property Survey Help?
Note: We provide the service free of charge to owner-residents of the surveyed property lying within a 25-mile radius of our nearest branch. You may seek either a survey of your property or professional advice from our local branch.
After an inspection of your basement, our qualified professional (damp surveyor) can measure the extent of your damp problem. Southern Damp Proofing supplies only very experienced surveyors with a high degree of training: they would have dealt with every kind of rot and damp problems that your property could be subjected to. In other words, regardless of the nature of the problem, the surveyor will complete his survey and provide you with a suitable remedial plan.
Contact Southern Damp Proofing Now to Speak With an Expert
Does a Ten-Year Guarantee Motivate You?
With more than eighty years of successful surveys leading to repairs of properties behind us, we have no hesitation, whatever, in offering our clients, such as yourself, a ten-year guarantee.
We at Southern Damp Proofing have long-standing membership of the PCA as well as the GPI, demonstrating our capacity to meet financial as well as technical requirements while offering a back-up in the form of an insurance policy (an optional extra) in addition to our ten-year guarantee.
Do You Seek Professional Cellar and Basement Repair?
If you seek counselling from a professional advisor, ring 020 7971 1329. Alternatively, you can contact Southern Damp Proofing via our online contact form, and we will send a surveyor to your property.
We at Southern Damp Proofing have a network of branches across the United Kingdom, ensuring that a local branch in your vicinity will always be able to assign a professional cellar and basement team urgently to your property.
For Top Quality Damp Treatments
- An increasing frequency of mildew or mould
- A musty odour
- A damp spot on the floor or walls
- Walls covered with a whitish chalky substance
- A crack in the floor or walls
- Bubbling wallpaper or peeling paint
- Rusty appearance of appliances and other objects made of metal
- Warped wood or panelling
- Incidence of dry rot
Belongings stored in a wet basement could also be soaked, entailing an increased risk of attracting black mould. You can stabilise the value of your property with basement waterproofing, thereby ensuring mental tranquillity. You can get more information on our page dedicated to basement waterproofing.