Is your basement waterproofing up to another cold winter?
January 20, 2015
Anyone walking to work this morning, particularly in Scotland, might have been a little bit shocked as to how bitterly cold it is out there. Many predicted a cold snap yesterday, and it has certainly arrived with temperatures plummeting below zero across much of the country.
Weather likes this is certainly no motivator, but with snow likely to be falling, freezing and melting a fair bit over the next few months an important question arises – is your basement waterproofing up to the task?
Waterproofing in the winter
British winters tend to be fairly erratic, with cold snaps followed by a few days of slightly higher temperatures, this leads to a constant cycle of freezing and thawing. These changes in weather and moisture levels will cause the ground around property foundations to expand and contract, potentially making existing cracks in cementitious systems, such as basement tanking, larger, and this causes gaps where water can flow through.
Also, with the freezing weather comes frozen pipes, gutters and drains. When these water systems crack, fail and ultimately leak, having a waterproof basement is, obviously, essential.
Even if a basement does survive the trials of winter, any damage caused by the cold will be highlighted when the inevitable spring showers begin to rain down on the property early next year.
Basement waterproofing work in winter
It is a common assumption that waterproofing work is more difficult in the colder months, but in reality any internal basement waterproofing work that can be performed in the summer can just as easily be performed in the winter. External waterproofing work is a little more difficult, due to harder ground, but qualified and professional basement waterproofing companies, like Wise Basement Systems, will still be up to the task.
So, whether a property requires the instillation of basement drainage systems, sump pumps, wall waterproofing or floor waterproofing, a cold snap should not put anyone off having vital waterproofing work carried out.
Getting prepared for a waterproof winter
With the UK weather as notoriously unpredictable as it is, today’s snow and frost is likely to become tomorrow’s puddles and floods. So, without a protected basement, all that water could end up leaking into your property.
Putting off basement waterproofing work until the weather gets a bit better is a decision that can lead to permanent damage to the foundation of your home, so wherever possible it is best to have top quality basement waterproofing installed in time for bad weather as opposed to having extensive basement maintenance to carry out afterwards.
Find out more about the cold snap
Sudden cold snap sweeping Britain – Find out why the UK is shivering
Weather online – Check to see the temperatures where you are
Preparing for the cold snap: are you condensation wise? – Find more about other property problems the cold weather can bring.
Read more basement waterproofing news
Why do basements flood – Find out more with our handy infographic
How to dry a basement – 5 simple steps to help keep your basement dry
Top 5 basement conversions in the UK – Find out what brainy Brits have done with their waterproof basements
Need to contact a basement waterproofing expert?
If you need a basement waterproofing expert this winter then call Wise Basement Systems on 0808 256 4538 or contact us using our online contact form.
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