Once you have decided you want to convert your cellar into a functional room you need to ensure that it will be waterproof. As cellars lie beneath the main structure of your home this means they are usually below a “perched water table” which can put your home at risk of hydrostatic pressure.
Put simply, due to it being below ground level the earth that surrounds your cellar can help act as a transmission route for water to enter through your walls. This can lead to brickwork and masonry cracking and water leaking into your room. Not only will this damage the space and any objects you might have in there, but it can also pose a serious risk to your health. It can cause rot to thrive, attract household pets and cause you to become ill. This is why it is so important to waterproof your cellar efficiently.
What are the main ways to waterproof a cellar?
Cellar Waterproofing has when you need to waterproof your cellar there are a few options that you can choose between. These include tanking and cement-based slurries, membranous systems, combination systems and landscaping techniques. And it is important not to forget to finish up with a sturdy waterproof paint to the ceiling and walls.
If your home is quite old you might find that it had an older method in places such as cementitious tanking or an external draining system that has eroded over time. The two main solutions for waterproofing are to tank your cellar and to install a cellar waterproofing system. You can find out more about these here: tanking a cellar & installing a cellar waterproofing system. By ensuring your cellar is waterproof you can prevent many issues and problems from occurring in the future.
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