Basement Waterproofing FAQ

 
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What is Basement Waterproofing?

At Richardson and Starling, we can help you make sure no water enters the most vulnerable areas of your home. We provide our clients with Basement Waterproofing for below ground areas such as basements, cellars and soil retaining sections of all types of properties. If you own a property with an unprotected basement, you could be risking the well being of your property as a whole.

When space is below ground level it can be susceptible to water damage simply due to gravity forcing water in the ground to flow into voids. Have you spotted water entering your basement or cellar? It is advised that you have this problem checked. At Richardson and Starling, we have teams across the country who can travel to you, to check the most vulnerable areas of your home.

What Does Basement Waterproofing Do?

“Basement waterproofing” may seem fairly easy to understand, however, let us talk you through it. At Richardson and Starling, we take a varied approach to keeping spaces below the external ground level dry. From traditional tanking through to modern water management techniques using cavity wall membrane, specialist drainage, waterproof flooring and removal of water using sumps and pumps; our qualified and experienced surveyors can create a waterproofing solution for any property. 
There are a number of ways our teams can do this, every home is different and during your home survey which is completed by a member of our Richardson and Starling team, we will talk you through the following options:
  • Cavity wall membrane 
  • Sump and pump water removal 
  • Cement tanking 
  • Internal and External application.
waterproofed basement interior

What Are The Benefits Of Basement Waterproofing?

There are lots of benefits that come with basement waterproofing. If you are looking to enhance the space in your home, the basement is a great place for any property owner to start.

If you have a growing family, then your basement will soon become a safe haven for expensive storage items such as bicycles and toys. It is important that your possessions are safe in this extra space. If you live in an older building, your basement may require some maintenance over the years.

Once your basement has been waterproofed it has a lot of potentials. Waterproofing can help you expand your home and utilise areas of extra space. If you are thinking about moving, waterproofing your basement will add significant value to your property!

What Do I Need To Know About Basement Waterproofing?

Basement waterproofing is a complex process. Our team have the skills required for waterproofing below ground areas. Our team has worked on many basements and cellars, in different types of properties all over Scotland and Cumbria giving property owners full use of these valuable areas.
We have over eight decades of experience in property care and basement waterproofing. This process should only be completed by a specialist as this type of work requires a particular set of skills. Some of our customers have been affected in the past by poor workmanship that we have helped them repair. Basement waterproofing should be installed for long term property care, and needs to be carried out properly and to the highest standard as the wrong specification or poor workmanship often results in re flooding of the basement.

Our team will take a step-by-step approach to providing you with the advice you need to deliver the waterproofed basement you are looking for. We want to offer each and every one of our customers a positive experience from the beginning to the end of the process.
waterproofed basement
Are you looking for basement waterproofing in Scotland? We have branches throughout Scotland, meaning one of our local teams can give you the unique advice for your property and give you examples of similar problems that have been resolved in properties in your area.

What Are Our Waterproofing Credentials?

With teams across Scotland and Northern England, Richardson and Starling have tackled some of the most badly flooded basements in the country. Our teams are fully qualified and have the integral experience in structural waterproofing that this type of task requires.

 Are You Contemplating Refurbishing Your Basement?

Many property owners consider converting their cellar or basement. Not only will this add value to your home but it could be used as an office or games room.

If you are willing to make this investment, then it is important that your basement is completely waterproof. Basements can lie below the water table, which makes them extremely vulnerable to flooding and leaks. Due to the structure of your property, your basement is also at risk from water pressure and even a small crack in your foundations can allow lots of water to infiltrate your home.

If water were to get into your newly converted cellar then your decorations, upholstery, and other furniture could be at risk from water damage. On top of this, damp or wet conditions allow dry rot and wet rot to thrive and provide household pests an environment in which they thrive.

It is important that you use a specialist with experience in delivering the type of dry area you are looking for.

How Can Basement Waterproofing Benefit Your Property?

Our team will firstly look at the structure of your property, to help you choose a waterproofing method that is most suitable. Depending on the build of your home we will either opt for a traditional or modern basement waterproofing system.

If you own an older property, then a traditional method such as basement tanking or an exterior basement waterproofing system may have already been constructed and become defective over time. In some cases, this type of system can be repaired, however, it could be that a new system would be required to ensure a dry basement and be more cost effective.

What Is The Difference Between Modern And Traditional Basement Waterproofing?

Modern basement waterproofing systems work much differently from the way traditional systems do. First and foremost, traditional waterproofing system are installed directly onto the wall like a render to prevent water from entering your property. This type of waterproofing stops the water from entering the basement however you can get a build-up of water pressure behind the basement walls.

Modern basement waterproofing systems are slightly different as they control the water by using a drainage system in conjunction with cavity air gap wall and floor waterproofing membranes. This system manages any water entering the basement. The water is directed to an existing drain or to a sump pump to be removed from the property. This system stops a build-up of water pressure to the walls and floor of the basement.
waterproofing sump and pump
What Is A Sump And Pump?
The sump and pump system is used to remove any free water from the basement. The sump is dug into the existing floor of the basement and the water entering the basement behind the membranes is drained to the sump. The sump has a pump or pumps installed which pump out the water from the sump and keeps the basement dry.

How Can We Help You Waterproof Your Basement?

We would like to help you waterproof your basement. Our team will be there to guide you through the whole process.

You can trust us to deliver a quality basement waterproofing system from start to finish. We are experts in property care and as the leading provider in basement waterproofing, we offer our 10-year guarantee on full basement waterproofing systems.
We have a fully experienced team of qualified surveyors and technicians who are based across Scotland and the North of England. Our team will visit your property and go through the following procedures:
  • Visit your property and assess your basement and discuss your property’s needs
  • Look at your options to decide if a basement waterproofing solution is the best method for your property and your requirements
  • We will choose the most appropriate basement waterproofing solution for your basement.
flooded basement

How Long Does My Guarantee Last?

We have over eight decades of giving our customers successful property surveys and repairs. We are very proud of our staff and achievements and are confident that we can work with you to eradicate your basement damp problem.

We would like to offer all of our customers’ peace of mind that their treatment will be completed efficiently. We believe that a job done should be done well.

Did you know that our basement repairs and treatment are covered for up to 10 years? A ten year guaranteed will be detailed in our report and is automatically transferred to new owners.

We are confident in the standard of our work that we are pleased to issue a guarantee you can trust.

Do You Have Any Questions For Us?

It is true that waterproofing areas below ground, is extremely difficult, even for professionals. That is why it is so important to hire a team that has a foundation of experience and knowledge.

If this FAQ guide has left you with more questions surrounding basement waterproofing, feel free to contact us today. A member of our team can visit your home as soon as possible to get your basement waterproofing completed before any more damage has occurred in your home.

Can't Find Your Answer? Not A Problem, We Are Here To Help!

Get in touch today if you suspect that there is damp in your property or would like to request a basement waterproofing survey. Our branches cover Scotland and North England. Our local Surveyors and teams understand the specific requirements of their area to deliver efficient and effective property care.

Your tradesmen were polite, hardworking and left my home tidy.

Mr Pilmoor
Glasgow
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