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When is Basement Tanking Necessary?


Water and moisture-based damage are one of the most common reasons for drastic plaster replacement and extensive repair tasks. Water, being perhaps the most invasive of all elements, tends to make its way through any material that is even remotely porous, and which absorbs moisture. This can spell trouble for homeowners who have basements that are adjacent to sources of high moisture or have fully earth retaining walls.

Types of Water-Related Damage

Basement tanking can become a requisite in conditions of extreme moisture and in regions where the climate is mostly damp. Homes built in areas where rainfall is abundant and the earth permanently has high water content can sometimes require drastic waterproofing measures in the interiors.

This is to prevent walls from steadily absorbing more and more moisture, thus becoming susceptible to seepage and damage to decoration. But this is not the only type of water damage that occurs. There are other types of water-related interior and exterior damage as well.

Some of these are:

  • Rusting of iron armatures and support rods within walls due to the moisture and/or water seepage
  • Paint  deteriorating due to persistent moisture
  • Walls beginning to sag and give way as a result of excessive water content within the concrete
  • Structural integrity of the affected room; walls and pillars becoming compromised over time
  • Worst case scenario; walls caving in and support structures giving way, resulting in extensive damage

5 Benefits of Basement Tanking

The aforementioned types of water-related damage clearly demonstrate how important it is to take preventive measures, rather than tackle the problem when it becomes severe. Following are some of the benefits of basement tanking, as well as a guide to when it is necessary to take the appropriate waterproofing measures.

  • A basement can be made considerably more comfortable with the help of waterproofing. If it is to be turned into a living space, the basement can benefit immensely from waterproof tanking
  • Walls and pillars can be protected from moisture, thereby allowing them to retain their structural integrity for far longer; even permanently, in the case that the basement has a full tanking system
  • Waterproofing can allow the basement walls to retain their integrity for a considerably longer time, thereby saving money which would be otherwise spent on repairs and such
  • There are several health risks associated with water seeping through walls and dampening them. Walls which are damp are generally colder as well as prone to mould, which could be toxic
  • Installing adequate waterproofing measures can potentially increase the value of your home and make it safer for residents. If you plan on selling your property, having basement tanking can be a prominent plus point for the buyer; making for a quick and successful sale

Ensure you contact a reputable company for your basement tanking in London, to reap the benefits without any of the quality risks. At Garratt’s Damp and Timber Ltd, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with an impartial, honest and reliable service. Give us a call now on 0208 535 7536 or book your free survey here.

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