If you want extra space then waterproofing your basement is probably what you need to do. You can get the extra space you need without having to have anything built.
Most basements in the UK were only built for storage and were not really meant to be used as living space. This means that they have a tendency to be cold and often damp. However, it is possible to solve this problem by having your basement waterproofed.
In other countries basements are built for day to day use from day one and have good drainage and damp protection built in. Luckily, it is possible to retro fit a UK basement to make it just as comfortable.
Your Waterproofing Basement Options
There are several reasons why a basement can become damp. The first problem is drainage if water is not being diverted away from your building it will settle around the building and will leech into your basement through the bricks. This means that sometimes you have to solve drainage issues.
Once you have sorted out the drainage you have to waterproof the actual basement itself. There are several ways of doing this. You can either seal the basement from the outside or seal it from the inside. Usually the floor as well as the walls needs to be sealed.
Finding Someone to Waterproof Your Basement
Waterproofing a basement is not a simple job. It requires a lot of experience and expertise to get it right. You need access to specialist waterproofing materials and the right training to apply these materials.
It is very important to use a well established firm. That way they will still be around to honour your guarantee should that be necessary in the future. The best guarantees are backed by an insurer, so that if the firm gets lots of claims there is no danger of them running out of money and not being able to honour every customer’s guarantee.
An online search for ‘waterproof basement’ is the best way to find local builders in your area with the right qualifications. The best firms will show you work they have already carried out in your area.
London & Home Counties specialise in waterproofing and preserving buildings. They offer the best waterproof basement service available.