Basement waterproofing or tanking a cellar with Solid Installs SWS (Structural Waterproofing System) involves removal of the existing plasters and paints etc., using breakers, mechanical surfacing and needle gunning to remove latent coatings and to provide a sound substrate to receive the waterproofing system. Masonry is then prepared and a multi-coat tanking slurry is applied to the masonry, by either brush, low pressure spray, or trowel depending on the project and substrate.
Tanking a cellar or a basement is a process that requires special attention as the tanking method will depend on the stability of the basement walls, the nature of the structure and the prospective use of that space.
Complete systems may include solid ceiling soffits, walls and floor
Solid Installs SWS is ideal for use on basement rooms, tanking a cellar and below ground accommodation. Following the completion of the tanking application, the walls are replastered using Solid Installs waterproof rendering system and skimmed with plaster ready to receive decoration. Solid Installs SWS tanking systems are high quality tanking systems and once the process is completed, rooms may become usable storage space or an extra guest bedroom where appropriate.
A key feature of Solid Installs SWS tanking systems is that they do not normally require a sump or pump to be installed and maintained, which is typically required with a cavity drain membrane system.
Solid Installs Rapid Setting Tanking System
Solid Installs Rapid Setting Tanking System is our premium waterproofing system, specifically designed for use in under street vaults.
Treatment involves the removal of existing surface materials, including plasters and paints etc. The masonry is then consolidated with the application of Solid Installs Rapid, which is a high strength, fast setting and curing concrete, which consists of cements, binders and dried aggregates.
Solid Installs Rapid has excellent resistance to water and sulphates, along with a low modulus of elasticity which is particularly effective on friable, poor quality substrates such as those encountered in pavement vaults.
Solid Installs Rapid is capable of setting under water and therefore ensures complete curing in exceptionally damp conditions.
The design of Solid Installs Tanking Systems has the added benefit of not requiring a sump pump to be installed and maintained. Following the application of Solid Installs Rapid, the walls are then treated with Solid Install SWS and Solid Installs Waterproof Rendering System, ready for decoration as required.
Cavity Drain Membrane
Cavity drain membranes involve fixing a studded membrane to the substrate, incorporating drainage arrangements in the form of perimeter drainage, channels and gulley’s. With a cavity drain membrane, this drainage is essential to discharge the water from behind the membrane into a drain or sump pump.
The drainage channels and pump must remain accessible to allow for periodic maintenance. We recommend that the pump is fitted with an alarm to activate in the event of failure, as membrane systems rely upon the pump to discharge the accumulated water or flooding can occur.
The membrane joints are sealed to ensure a waterproof seal and the completed membrane is used to provide a dry internal envelope, which is then plastered and the floor covered with either a timber sheet floor or cement screed as required.
Solid Installs Tanking and Cavity Drain systems are typically guaranteed for 10 years. Additional Insurance backed guarantees are also available from the market leading insurers.
Basement Tanking Membrane
Water damage can have a massive impact on your home or work property. As such it is important to treat this issue accordingly. At Solid Installs Building Solutions, we offer extremely effective basement membrane systems for tanking a cellar or basement. Our market leading designers and specialists have extensive experience in the industry, ensuring we achieve effective, dry basements, protected by comprehensive warranties.
If you use your basement, cellar tanking can add considerable value to your home. Our flexible nature and expertise when it comes to tanking systems means we’re well equipped to help you whatever your needs and requirements.
To arrange a quotation for tanking/basement waterproofing, contact us by phone or email and we will arrange for one of our surveyors to attend the property and provide a report/quotation.
We pride ourselves on our commitment to quality, service and customer satisfaction. All of our work is covered by a no quibble ten year guarantee.
Give us a call us today on 0161 933 8373 to arrange a free estimate.
Why use Solid Installs?
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