Waterproofing a basement using tanking membrane.
Basement waterproofing or basement tanking has become very popular as more people decide to convert existing cellars or basements into habitable space. New build basements are also very popular as land becomes more expensive, the option to dig down and create space in the ground is a viable, realistic option for many people.
Structures that are below ground floor level are more susceptible to the possibility of water ingress. The type of basement waterproofing system or tanking system to use is therefore an important consideration as a variety of methods are available.
ULTRA Membrane Systems provide solutions for new and existing basements and the preferred method when waterproofing or tanking the structure internally, is now specified by designers, architects and specialist waterproofing companies in most instances.
Cementitious tanking is also an option which holds back water and allows for a build up of hydrostatic pressure however, it is therefore vital that the walls are prepared thoroughly before application can commence. This form of basement waterproofing or tanking relies heavily on several key factors and is considered a riskier approach by industry experts.
Type C Internal systems are the way forward as cavity drain membrane is designed to allow water to enter the structure and any excess water is diverted to suitable drainage points or in most instances, channelled into specially designed pumping systems.
Properly designed and maintainable basement waterproofing systems are extremely important to ensure that the internal space is kept dry and water penetration is dealt with by suitable basement pumping systems.