The creation of habitable or usable spaces by what is commonly known as tanking requires a specialist who understands the properties and limitations of a structure and its substrate before carefully planned and executed works can take place using the most appropriate waterproofing systems.

The creation of habitable or usable spaces by what is commonly known as tanking requires a specialist who understands the properties and limitations of a structure and its substrate before carefully planned and executed works can take place using the most appropriate waterproofing systems.

Waterproofing Systems

Using structural waterproofing systems we are able to create waterproofed and dry areas in previously damp and unusable basements or cellars. Using applied renders, cementitious coatings, PU resins and cavity drainage systems, we can unlock the full potential of business premises or enhance the physical resources available to home owners. Following a thorough survey diagnosis and detailed discussions with you, our client, we can ensure that the waterproofing system is purpose designed to suit the structure and satisfy all of the identified requirements.

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Common Types of Waterproofing System

Selection of the most appropriate waterproofing system will depend not only on the condition and construction of the property in question but most importantly by the correct diagnosis of the existing water ingress problem.

Cementitious Coatings create a dry environment by introducing a physical barrier to water entering a basement area. When cementitious waterproofing systems are used, which can either be layered renders or slurry coatings, the correct preparation of the substrate is critical. Water stops or PU Resins can be injected to stem the water flow. Layered render systems are then applied to achieve degrees of resistance to water pressure.

In contrast, Cavity Drain Membranes allow water to continue to penetrate a structure but control and then divert it to a suitable drainage point, sometimes using a mechanical pump. The dimpled profile of the membrane equalises water pressure and the air gap in the cavity increases the thermal properties and reduces the likelihood of condensation. Drying time is minimal as the membrane is usually dry lined, allowing for quick completion of decorations and finishes.