Basement / Cellar Conversions
Your home is likely to be the most expensive thing you will ever buy, this why it is of the upmost importance that you entrust your basement conversion to a Qualified Water proofing design specialist and not a general builder, getting it wrong can cost you thousands, and leave you with an expensive hole in the ground!
Basically two ways of keeping an existing basement free of ground water; keep the water out, or divert the water away.
Keeping the water out of the basement involves ‘tanking’. Tanking (derived from ‘water tank’), involves application modified renders and slurries applied to the internal face of the structure, to seal the walls and floors.
This can be very effective and we sometimes use this method. However, because they stop water at the point of entry, pressure can build up behind the membrane and it is of the upmost importance, that the substrate is capable of accepting the induced stresses that result or the system will fail.
It always pays to get a qualified waterproofing designer in who is a member of the PCA http://www.property-care.org/ProGuidance.RWDS.asp
Cavity drain membranes, do not stop water at the point of entry, and so do not increase stresses in the substrate as can happen with cementitious systems.
Diverting water away from the basement is also known as water management, this is also a very effective and increasingly used method.
Cellar Conversions North West
Convert your cellar into an additional bedroom, games room, home gym or simply use for storage space.
Property Care Association member Olympic Construction are market leaders in providing basement Conversions in Oldham, Manchester, Rochdale, Stockport & Cheshire. Our work is backed by the Guarantee Protection Trust. http://www.gp-insurance.co.uk/