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When it comes to basement waterproofing, there are three main types of basement waterproofing systems available for your property ranging from traditional methods to modern water management systems.

Basement tanking systems

Basement tanking is one of the traditional forms of basement waterproofing. It involves putting a waterproofing cementitious render on the internal walls to forms a ‘tank’ around the basement or cellar that stops the water from entering. The render gives a smooth, seamless wall surface which looks good and provides moisture control.  Being a traditional form of basement waterproofing, there are issues with this basement waterproofing system and it is viewed by many experts as not being a long term basement waterproofing solution, particularly if the area you live in is susceptible to ground movement or vibrations.

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Exterior basement waterproofing systems

Exterior basement waterproofing systems are again a traditional basement waterproofing method that is often used to protect foundations of properties while under construction. Over recent years, exterior basement waterproofing has evolved and often combines the use of either an external membrane or cementitious render on the external underground foundations/walls in conjunction with a traditional French drain that will run round the outside of the property below ground to help manage the high levels of ground water that can cause hydrostatic pressure against the underground structures.  As good as this solution may be, as a retrofit solution it does involve exterior excavation to the bottom of the foundation footing and depending on the choice of French drain chosen during the installation, it can often be suseptible to clogging due to the ingress of surrounding slit and soil.

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Internal basement waterproofing systems

Internal basement waterproofing systems is a modern method of basement waterproofing that was originally pioneered within the USA, however, it is now used worldwide.  It involves the management of water rather than using a physical barrier to hold back the ground water.  Rather than allowing ground water pressure to build up against the cementitious barrier or membrane that may lead to eventual failure, the water is instead allowed to enter the property and is channeled using a combination of membranes and innovative basement drainage systems to a sump pump and removed safely and efficiently to ensure a basement or cellar remains dry.  It requires no external excavation and removes the risk of ground water pressure building up to a point that risks the failure of a physical barrier.  It often benefits from also being more cost effective and far simpler and easier to install.

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Speak to a basement waterproofing expert

Basement waterproofing systems - speak to an expertUnderstanding the problems of underground structures does not exactly fall into the category of everyday existing reading, however, at Wise Basement Systems, we live and breathe cellar and basement waterproofing.  It is our passion and area of expertise.

If you have a question or would just like to seek some advice towards basement waterproofing, call 0808 256 4538 or contact your local branch and speak to one of our basement waterproofing experts.

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