Basement waterproofing

A basement waterproofing system (traditionally called tanking).  We now call it Structural Waterproofing as tanking is limited to specifics materials and construction which exclude cavity drain systems. The first thing we need to know is the areas end usage, is it existing or new build, as there are different waterproofing criteria for a dwelling, store or a car park etc. basement water proofing

In existing properties, basement waterproofing is usually carried out from the inner wall surface.  Often using a Cavity Drain Membrane as the repair because the older wall/floor masonry may be in a weakened condition and it will not put additional load on the floor and wall structure, sometimes a combination of coating and membranes are used.  Within its design limits, a cavity drain membrane will manage the failure of the walls and floors of the building ability to resist water.

I have found in the Edinburgh new town area the cellars floors are often well-drained and have no water table issues.  This is due to there construction and geology. The CDM system is often used to control the water percolating down through the pavement and porous ground into the under-pavement cellar.new build basement waterproofing

New construction sites have a different set of waterproofing problems compared with an existing building which has a history of resisting water.  In a new building, you are excavating underground (and into the unknown), and the new site has a lack of water history.  This is why more investigation is needed—starting with a desk study followed by a site inspection.  The research helps in select materials and create a suitable specification, which needs to address any ground contamination due to past usage of the land, ground gases, i.e. Radon and potential flooding of the area due to its location.

 

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