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There is no such thing as a standard basement and therefore no such thing as a standard system.

Waterproofing is a structural procedure not a decorative one and should be considered  as much a part of the substructure detail as are the walls and floor.

Of course there are systems available to effectively deal with all types of structure and client requirement/expectation which often calls for a combination of systems.  However the waterproofing procedure is approached, it is critical that the correct system is chosen for each situation or failure may occur.

The new revision of BS8102:1990 to 2009 Code of Practice for Protection of Below Ground Structures has a number of relevant changes although the main design principles remain unchanged.  The most significant of these changes is the standard now recognises the need of the design team to include a waterproofing specialist.

Section 4.2 – The Design Team states “a waterproofing specialist should be included as part of the design team so that an integrated waterproofing solution is created.”

The waterproofing specialist should:

  1. Be suitably experienced.
  2. Be capable of devising solutions that accommodate various project restraints and needs.
  3. Provide the team with information and guidance that assists and influences the design, installation and future maintenance of the waterproofed structure.

Furthermore the standard suggests, “the waterproofing specialist could be a manufacturer or material supplier, provided that the manufacturer/supplier has the relevant expertise.”

Sovereign specialise in damp-proofing and structural waterproofing with an in house team of CSRT and CSSW qualified professionals at hand to provide the necessary knowledge and expertise required for your basement conversion.

Sovereign Chemicals Ltd are long serving members of the Property Care Association (PCA) formerly the BWPDA.