Basement Waterproofing

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Damp from the ground surrounding your basement can often cause flooding and damage the internal wall fabric as well as your private possessions. A basement or cellar conversion can solve this problem as well as increase the value of your property by expanding the living space.

Our experienced waterproofing specialists are here to answer all your questions and provide a cost-effective solution to make your basement dry again. Contact your local branch.

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Damp Basements

It does not matter if your property is new or old, it can still be affected by below ground damp. Some properties might not have an existing damp proofing membrane and others are built with traditional damp proof barriers that were installed directly onto the wall and below the floor slab to prevent water from entering your property. Unfortunately, these systems are sometimes not fitted properly, become damaged or get bridged when underground water levels rise. This might result in damp patches on your walls, floor or even flooding in more severe cases. Once this happens your basements can have further damp problems such as condensations and mould growth.

A more effective alternative to traditional waterproofing is a water management system that does not simply hold the water back at the waterproofed area but directs it to a drainage system and removes the water from your property.

Basement Waterproofing Systems

Every basement waterproofing job is different as the project specification varies greatly due to the site conditions and the planned use of the area. If you are considering converting your basement into a living space, you would be looking at a full waterproofing system that would maintain the whole area dry and meet living space regulations.

Modern basement waterproofing systems work much differently from the way traditional systems do. Instead of simply applying a waterproof barrier and hoping that it will make your basement impenetrable – modern basement waterproofing systems control the water by using a drainage system in conjunction with cavity waterproofing membrane to the walls and floor. This system manages water entering the basement and directs the water to an existing drain or to a sump and pump. This system pumps the water out of the property and lowers the potential water pressure to the walls and floor keeping the basement dry.

Basement Waterproofing – Case Study

The property owner was not able to use their spacious basement because of constant flooding. Richardson & Starling specialists specified the most appropriate water management system and converted this basement into an additional living space. This was achieved by waterproofing the whole basement with our membrane system and directing water to a sump and pump. The completed works were supported with the Richardson & Starling 10 Year transferable guarantee for our client’s peace of mind.

Property Survey

* No Charge if you Own and Live in the surveyed property located within 25 miles distance from the nearest branch (alternatively a charge may apply). Contact your local branch for advice or a property survey.

Our qualified damp surveyor will inspect your basement and measure the scale of the damp problem. At Richardson and Starling, we only supply experienced surveyors who are highly trained in all types of damp and rot problems that could affect your property. This means that our surveyor will be able to complete the survey and give the appropriate remedial recommendations no matter what problem is identified.

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After eight decades of successful property surveys and repairs, we’re confident to offer you a 10 Year Guarantee that transfers with the Property.

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