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What Qualifications/Accreditations Can a Surveyor Gain?

When it comes to damp proofing basement tanking, there are understandably many qualifications and accreditations attached to such. Learning how to tank a basement room properly is an intricate process, which is why there are various qualifications that surveyors for basement tanking companies can gain. Not only does this help guarantee that basement tanking services are carried out safely and efficiently, but it instils trust in property owners.

Here at Garratt’s Damp & Timber LTD., we carry out residential and commercial basement tanking, in addition to many other damp and timber services. In order to do so, we ensure that our surveyors are qualified with all the necessary accreditations.

What is Tanking in Basement Construction?

Quite simply, basement tanking is a method that is employed to waterproof an underground structure. This is done to protect the property against the build-up of groundwater, which can penetrate a basement’s walls and cause flooding. Furthermore, an excessive amount of groundwater can result in the decreased stability of basement walls.

Ultimately, basement tanking is required to maintain the structural stability of your property. In the absence of a fully tanked basement, your home could suffer from the likes of damp, mould, and even flooding.

There are two types of basement tanking that can be administered, including cementitious tanking (Type A) and membrane-sealed tanking (Type C). The selected technique will depend on your property’s individual requirements.

Certificated Surveyor of Remedial Treatments (CSRT)

CSRT training is comprised of various topics that prepare one for a profession in property care and wellbeing. Upon completing this training & passing the written & aural test, one should be competent in causes, diagnostics, and treatment options for the likes of penetrating damp. After all, water won’t simply penetrate a property’s walls, it will only seep through defective walls. These defects include poor use of cement, poor airflow, broken pipework, poor sub-floor ventilation, poorly designed cills, cracks in masonry, open mortar joints, and poorly maintained window junctions.

As a result, CSRT training covers materials used in construction, causes and effects of damp in properties, diagnosis and treatment for rising damp, surveying procedures, ancillary procedures, techniques of measuring and assessing moisture, condensation compared to other damp sources, understanding relative humidity, vapour pressure, and environmental moisture, and, finally, hygrometers, surface thermometers, and data loggers.

Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW)

CSSW is a nationally recognised professional qualification for anyone involved in diagnosing issues associated with water entering underground properties, including basements and cellars. Similarly, these professionals will always recommend waterproofing design solutions, such as basement tanking. Consequently, CSSW training covers the principles of structural waterproofing, including Type A, Type B, and Type C Waterproofing systems.

The training includes practical and financial implications of defects and repair strategies, surveying properties and preparation for waterproofing installation, Type C waterproofing systems aftercare and maintenance, external and internal cavity drain systems, theory of structures, render technology, material and product types, building construction, design philosophy, repair methods, anticipated defects, forms of waterproofing, and waterproofing design.

Certificated Surveyor in Timber and Damp in Buildings (CSTDB)

The CSTDB qualification, previously known as the Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (CSRT) qualification, is delivered by the Property Care Association (PCA). The PCA is the trade association that represents all damp and timber specialists across the UK, providing training and qualifications, such as CSTDB.

In order to obtain the CSTDB qualification, candidates must pass modules in legal/health and safety, timber, and damp. As a result, CSTDB is regarded as a professional qualification for those in the remedial property industry, meaning you can rest assured that your home is in safe hands.

How Much to Tank a Basement in the UK?

There is no one cost of tanking a basement in the UK, as every property is unique with its own separate requirements. The extent of what’s needed will be entirely dependent on the individual needs of the property, meaning the method of tanking will differ from structure to structure.

It’s for this reason that we offer free site surveys to our clients, in which we’ll be able to provide you with a no-obligation quote. This way, you’ll be able to assess the costs and decide whether you’d like to proceed with our services.

Contact Our Qualified Surveyors Today

When it comes to the well-being of your home, you don’t want to leave it in the hands of just anyone and, thanks to Garratt’s Damp & Timber LTD., you don’t have to! Our surveyors hold the necessary accreditations, meaning they’re well equipped to diagnose and deal with all manner of damp and timber problems.

If your property requires one or more of our services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. A helpful member of our team will be on hand to assist you and respond as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.

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