terraced houses
15 Apr 2022

Can Damp Spread from the Neighbour’s House to my House?

According to a Barratt Homes survey, approximately 58% of the UK population lives in terraced and semi-detached homes, meaning over half of us share party walls with our neighbours. Whilst this is an efficient and more cost-effective housing option, it does present the possibility of…

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Ply wood applied waterproofing a basement
30 Aug 2021

How Much Does it Cost to Tank a Basement?

At Garratt’s Damp & Timber, we routinely carry out basement tanking. It’s an essential waterproofing technique used on properties with a below ground level. Unlike other types of damp proofing, not much is widely known about how to tank a basement in the UK, largely…

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Applying Waterproof paint bitumen with big paintbrush
04 Jun 2021

How to Waterproof Concrete

Concrete is one of the most used materials within the construction industry. In the 1960s, one of the biggest architectural trends was flat concrete exteriors. Trends come and go and whilst it’s now uncommon to see big concrete buildings being newly built, concrete is still…

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Crack in a Concrete Floor
21 May 2021

How to Repair Cracks in Concrete Floor in Basement

In the UK, it’s thought that only around 2% of homes have basements (rooms at least 1m below ground with a permanent staircase, concrete floor and natural lighting). In instances where basements do exist, they are typically part of large, old houses located in cities…

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Basement home theatre in new luxury house
02 Apr 2020

10 Basement and Cellar Conversion Ideas

Basements and cellars are often neglected spaces in the home, which is one of the reasons why so many households with these spaces suffer from damp issues, as they are left forgotten about and unventilated. However, with a little bit of TLC and a professionally…

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Old cellar of the winery with bottles of wine
10 Dec 2019

Tips to Transform Your Basement into a Wine Cellar

For many, selecting their favourite bottle of wine is akin to choosing between Ant and Dec – there is simply no picking! Wine connoisseurs dream of installing their very own wine cellar where they can store their bottles of choice in perfect conditions, waiting for…

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Bitumen primer
15 Jul 2019

Membrane Sealed Tanking: Type C Waterproofing Explained

The struggle for space in a crowded city like London explains why many homeowners are beginning to look below ground for that last little bit of square footage. While a basement conversion can work wonders when it comes to adding space to your property, it's vital to ensure…

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waterproofing basement and foundations
01 Jul 2019

Cementitious Basement Tanking: Type A Waterproofing Explained

With space in the capital being at such a high premium, it makes sense that so many homeowners are now looking underground to find additional space. When it comes to basement conversions, though, one of the most important factors to consider is water. Waterproofing and an effective…

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Damp Timber
02 Jan 2019

Exploring the Cost of Damp and Timber Treatment

If your home is suffering from a damp problem or has been affected by an issue causing timber decay, you might be most concerned about the potential cost of repair. While some kinds of damp can be remedied with little fuss through fixing the source…

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basement living space
07 Jun 2018

Increase Your Living Space by Basement Tanking

Space is an ongoing issue in many of our major cities. Our homes have even been affected; from busy estates lined with terraced houses to blocks of flats that tower storeys above the ground, all designed to create more space. When living close to your…

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