If you are considering a cellar conversion then it is absolutely vital that your cellar is waterproof. As cellars tend to lie below the water table they are therefore vulnerable to the pressure of water and moisture against the walls and floor. As this pressure builds the masonry will begin to crack as it cannot bend and water will flow into the cellar. Even a small crack can allow a large volume of water into the cellar.
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.
Options for cellar waterproofing
Cellar waterproofing options vary from a blend of traditional to modern cellar waterproofing systems and techniques. In most cases you will find that it would have been a traditional method such as cellar tanking or an exterior cellar waterproofing that was originally installed when the cellar was constructed and that it was this system that has failed. Although these systems can be repaired it is not recommended because if the problem happens once there is nothing to stop it reoccurring.
Modern cellar waterproofing
Modern cellar waterproofing systems work differently from traditional systems that attempt to prevent water from entering the cellar which allows for a build up of water pressure against the cellar walls. Modern cellar waterproofing systems control the water by channelling it using drainage systems such as WaterGuard and DryTrak in combination with advanced air gap wall waterproofing membranes. The water is channelled either safely downhill out of your property if possible or to a sump pump. Our sump pumps are below floor level which allows them to collect water from the ground below the building which effectively lowers the level of the water table and eases the pressure on the cellar.
Professional cellar waterproofing
Our aim at Wise Basement Systems is to take responsibility for your cellar waterproofing from start to finish. Wise Basement Systems is a leading provider of cellar waterproofing solutions and cellar experience and qualifications from many different professional memberships such as the Property Care Association (PCA) and Structural Waterproofing Association. Our surveyors are trained to CSSW (Certified Surveyor of Structural Waterproofing) standards. Put together with our 10-year cellar waterproofing basement & cellar guarantee you can have peace of mind that we will have the right solution for your basement.
Our fully experienced and qualified surveyors and technicians will:
- Inspect your cellar and discuss your needs
- Determine the cause of your wet cellar
- Propose a cellar waterproofing solutions with full specification and method statements
- Carry out the most appropriate cellar waterproofing solution ensuring that the cellar is left water tight
- Organise regular inspections to ensure the system is working ok.
For additional information and help on cellar waterproofing contact us on 0800 52 66 23 or contact us online using our contact form.
Alternatively, you can request a basement & cellar survey online or check out the links below for further information.
Additional information on cellar waterproofing
Speak to a basement & cellar specialist
Find a branch in your local area to speak to a basement & cellar specialist. Our surveyors are trained to CSSW (Certified Surveyor of Structural Waterproofing) basement and cellar guarantee you can have peace of mind that we will have the right solution for your cellar.