It cannot have escaped anyone’s attention that the weather is awful out there just now. Heavy rain, high winds and flurries of sleet have caused chaos right across the country, with many places in Scotland suffering from blackouts, travel problems and property damage.
With regards to property, we are often told about the damage weather can cause to properties above the ground – but what about below? Basement apartments and home cellars, crawlspaces and subflooring are all affected by extreme weather in a completely different manner to what lies above.
Are you basement wise?
Why do basements flood?
Water will always take the path of least resistance to flow to lowest point it can. This is bad news for basements in bad weather, because any water in the ground as a result of heavy rain will exploit any weak points in the walls or floor of a basement.
Worse still, hydrostatic pressure caused by too much water swelling the ground around a basement can actually cause the damage that will let water in.
How to waterproof a basement
There are many methods of basement waterproofing out there but we believe the wisest solution in most cases is an internal water management system.
Water management systems do not simply put up a physical barrier but instead channel any incoming moisture and remove it from the property using a combination of membranes, drainage and pumps.
The main advantage water management has over traditional waterproofing measures such as basement tanking is that they have little risk of being damaged due to hydrostatic pressure or other environmental factors (cracks caused by vibrations from nearby roads or railway lines for example).
Learn more from Wise
Wise Basement systems have a wealth of knowledge on the topic of basement waterproofing and we like to share it. Follow the links bellow to find out more from our webstie.
We will also come and teach you what you need to know as part of our CPD seminars. Our surveyors will visit your office or workplace to deliver expert knowledge on basement waterproofing. Attendees will also receive a certificate that will contribute toward their continued professional development hours. Best of all our CPD seminars are absolutely FREE.
- CPD seminars – Let Wise visit your workplace to share our knowledge with you for FREE
- Basement waterproofing inforgraphic – See modern basement waterproofing explained in our simple infographic.
- Basement conversion – Do you have a basement that could become something so much more? Get some inspiration for converting it here.