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48 WATER & DAMP PROOFING; RAINWATER & GREYWATER PRODUCTS


water that seems to inevitably find its way into a building. The method has been used on countless properties, domestic and commercial, in both new build and refurbishment applications. There is no escaping the fact that a well-built and finished basement area has the potential to bring much more usable space to a property, and there is no need whatsoever for this space to quickly become redundant.


The extra space a basement brings, all within the footprint of the land parcel, can be invaluable, and is one way of bringing added value that will remain with a property for decades to come. Basements might have been a thing of the past, but they also have a real future in the modern housing market.


Advice on all aspects of basements is


is how the problem is often dealt with in refurbishment situations. Cavity membranes with a studded profile are used on the internal face of the walls and concrete floors to form a waterproof structure. The studded side is placed against the wall and the floor to create an


area that allows water to flow down to the floor and into a drainage channel to a sump. It is then pumped out to a suitable drainage outlet.


Compared to the tanking options, this is a relatively straightforward and cost-effective solution to dealing with the


offered by the Basement Information Centre, particularly in its publication ‘Guidance Document - Basements for Dwellings’. This is an essential read for those new to this type of work, as it provides practical guidance on meeting the relevant requirements in Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations.


Brian Davison is managing director of Delta Membrane Systems.


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