You could be forgiven for thinking that it is only old houses which are affected by damp. For the most part, this may be true, but there are still building practises and conventions which expose modern houses to damp and may need to be treated. Here is our guide to safely diagnosing and waterproofing new builds and modern houses.
Damp Proofing Modern Houses
Water can cause a huge amount of damage to the structure of any property, so one of the first things to do is to perform checks on some of the crucial structural components of your house. Waterproofing is not the same as damp proofing, and can be expensive, so it’s wise to carry out these checks even if your house is relatively new.
In terms of how to waterproof your property, one of the first things to think about is treating the brickwork on the exterior of the house. This will prevent water from getting in, but it will also save on heating bills and improve the insulation of the property. A specialised water repellent is perfectly suited to the job. Permagard have also manufactured a comprehensive external waterproofing system – if using this however do plan your schedule and seek out specialist advice.
Basement Waterproofing, or basement tanking, is being seen more often in modern houses – as property developers and architects are making use of the space under the house to improve and expand living arrangements. It’s often a big and involved process, but Permagard are experts in the industry and will be able to help you with your waterproofing or suggest a specialist installer to assist.
Basement tanking needs to be done well, and is a must if you are thinking of expanding your living arrangements below existing habitable space. It can be achieved in one of two ways – you can block water from the basement altogether, or alternatively control the flow of water to an evacuation point by the use of a cavity drainage system. Either way – Permagard stock tanking materials and membranes to suit both options – and can advise you on the best approach for your building and individual needs.
At any stage of the building process, and no matter how old the development, it is vital to get your waterproofing needs installed as early as possible. As water will change the structure and integrity of the building, comprehensive waterproofing becomes harder as the building ages.