Need extra space? Convert your basement
With the ability to build outwards greatly restricted across the country there is only one way to go, laterally. Already have a loft conversion you say? You can utilise unused space below your house. Many houses have basements that are hardly used, apart from pipework and the odd utility space. This is due to damp problems and the lack of light. Here we explain what can be done to brighten up your basement and possibly increase the value of your home.
Basement tanking can transform a dank and dark basement
Basements are by definition below ground level. Being subterranean does have its problems. The foremost of these is damp. Damp can take hold of a basement very quickly making it unlivable. Cellar and basement tanking and waterproofing can solve the problem. Drainage systems are the best damp proofing method as they remove the moisture that can cause complications. These also include the much known (and loved) sump pumps. Once damp proofing has occurred you can get on with decorating your basement and utilising your new living space.
How to rid yourself of basement damp?
Tanking is the formation of an unbroken waterproof tank to ensure that your basement stays dry and damp free. This is achieved through internal lining of walls with cavity drainage membranes. This method is often the best as results are exceptional, while no structural changes need occur. When applied, this system gives a dry barrier which can accommodate conventional finishes. These basement waterproofing systems are the method most favoured by the British Standard Code of Practice for Below Ground Structural Waterproofing, BS 8102 - 2009. For any advice or help on anything to do with Basements and Basement conversions speak to an expert.
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