Basement waterproofing involves techniques and materials used to prevent water from penetrating the basement of a house or a building. Waterproofing a basement that is below ground level can require the application of sealant materials, the installation of drains and sump pumps, and more.
Waterproofing Basement Conversions
The key to success in this field is to make absolutely sure everything is waterproof. All this means is that, once neglected, mouldy and dank basements can be transformed into wonderful cosy living areas.
There are two ways to waterproof an existing, underground basement. The first is done by lining the basement with waterproof membranes which allow for decoration and everything else you would expect from a wall! A cavity is left between the original wall and the membrane down which any water can pass, into specially constructed drainage channels and sumps in the floor of the basement. The water is then silently pumped away. Simple, effective, completely safe and much less expensive than you think.
When building a basement is it important to understand that every basement is different and as a result there are a number of options when it comes to cellar conversion waterproofing. There are two primary methods that are in common use; used-membranes and structural waterproofing, which is also known as tanking.
Using a high density polyethylene membrane creates an air gap between the wall and the membrane so that water can pass freely behind the membrane. The polyethylene membrane is fixed physically to the wall and this is either done with treated battens or some forms of framing solution. And then on to this the plaster boards can be fixed.
It might not be necessary to fit the battens, and in these cases it is possible to secure the membrane using specialist plastic plugs, or alternatively a wet plaster can be applied.
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