Do you want to convert your cellar into a functional room in your home? If so, it is essential that your cellar is waterproof. Cellars will often lie below a “perched water table”; this means water may saturate the ground at a higher level than normal, before sinking down to the true ‘water table’, at a lower level. This ‘perched’ effect can cause many cellars to suffer from hydrostatic pressure.
When hydrostatic pressure builds against the cellar wall, masonry and brickwork will crack and leaks will cause water will flow into the cellar and even small volumes of water will cause the cellar to become a damp, dank and dingy part of your home.
Damp conditions are a serious threat to health of any room on the home as they can allow problems like dry rot and wet rot to thrive and they attract household pests. This is the last thing anyone would want to happen to their newly converted cellar.