Cellar / Basement Conversions
Converting a damp cellar or basement can be a surprisingly inexpensive way of increasing living space and can substantially increase the value of a property.
Waterproofed cellars and basements can be converted into home cinemas, kitchens, bathrooms, wine cellars, living rooms, studies, or even recording studios. You are limited only by your imagination. In commercial premises, common uses for basements include, extra storage / retail space, car parks, bars/nightclubs, and restaurants.
Conifer Property Services offer different types of basement tanking for waterproofing existing cellars and basements. Two of the most common are Cavity Drain Systems or a Vandex Waterproofing Slurry. By offering different types of tanking, or structural waterproofing, we are able to offer an impartial opinion as to which system is best suited for a particular project. We are also able to supply and install structural waterproofing systems for the construction of New Build Basements.
Cementitious Structural Waterproofing:
The Vandex Basement Waterproofing System - is a multi-coat waterproofing system that is both durable and versatile. The main coating material, Vandex BB75, is a cement-based powder which can be mixed with water or with polymers and applied to walls, floors and even ceilings (if the substrate is appropriate) by spray or trowel. It sets to form a bond with the masonry substrate, creating an impervious barrier to the movement of water; ideal for basement conversions.
A sand-cement render is applied to the walls and a bottle cove or fillet formed at the wall-floor junction using Vandex Unimortar 1. Two coats of Vandex BB75 are then applied to the walls and floor. Finally, a screed is applied to the floor and a suitable plaster is applied to the walls.
Cavity Drain Membrane System:
Also known as Type C Structural waterproofing, the Oldroyd Xv Clear Membrane System is particularly suited to damp proofing or tanking the Victorian style basements commonly encountered in the UK, but is versatile enough to be just as effective in much older buildings or even new builds, as it does not rely on the soundness of the underlying substrate to work.
The membrane is mechanically fixed to the walls by means of special, self-sealing Oldroyd Brick Plugs or Oldroyd Plaster Plugs, whilst on the floor there is normally no need for any form of fixing.
Oldroyd Xv Cavity Drain Membranes can be covered with plasterboard (using timber or metal stud-work systems). The membrane on the floor or concrete slab may be topped with a screed, or a floating timber floor.
A drainage facility, incorporating a sump and a pump, will usually be recommended as part of the system. The Oldroyd Aquadrain perimeter drainage channels are usually used to provide additional drainage at the wall-floor junction or in other areas of the floor.
Sometimes the best solution to basement damp proofing is a combination of the two systems (for example: Oldroyd cavity drain membranes applied to certain areas, with the Vandex BB75 system used to waterproof areas where drainage is not easy or feasible). See also Drybase Flex Membranes.
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We have worked all over the UK but our main areas are: Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Shropshire, Chester, Cheshire, Welshpool, Wrexham, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Mid Wales and North Wales. So, for all your damp proofing work, please call us for free advice on 0800 001 4213 or send us your enquiry via email and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
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