Knebworth Basement Damp Proofing

Basement Tanking is a form of basement waterproofing that has been applied to basements, cellars and other underground spaces for decades. It is a common solution in older properties where damp proofing membranes may have failed over time.

Cellar Tanking was developed to hold back hydrostatic pressure from the area surrounding the lower level (basement) of the property. Without tanking, underground walls could crack or leak from the pressure, causing moisture to enter the basement and damp issues to arise.

Knebworth Basement Tanking Services

Waterproofing your basement involves the application of a waterproof cement to the basement walls. This is called ‘tanking’ and will ultimately provide a smooth concrete wall surface, which provides protection from moisture ingress and damp problems.

Tanking systems are often referred to as “Type A” waterproofing systems. This an industry term that comes from BS8102 (the British Standards Institute’s recommendations for structural waterproofing). It is a way of identifying different waterproofing methods, Type A indicates that the system creates a barrier to moisture ingress but does not actively remove any water.
Although a relatively slow process, rising damp can eventually damage wall plaster and could potentially affect the overall structure of your Knebworth property if not adequately treated. This could lead to timber decay and other forms of damp, leading to a costly repair bill.

Professional Cellar Damp Proofing in Knebworth

For tanking to work it must be applied to stable, undamaged basement walls. Extra attention needs to be paid to any weak points, such as the wall to floor joint, as this area is susceptible to damp penetration when not installed correctly. When a qualified team, such as SE Damp Solutions with it's damp proof services, has applied a professional tanking installation, it will be watertight and leave you with a dry basement space ready for practical use.


The best way to treat rising damp is to repair the existing Damp Proof Course or install a new one. The process involves drilling holes in the wall to inject a damp proof membrane into it, followed by replacement of any damaged plaster.

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All forms of damp come with their own range of issues. Rising damp can cause a variety of problems, including health issues, heat loss and damage to timbers. To learn more about these problems and how to combat them, click below.

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Contact SE Damp Solutions Knebworth Today

For an in-depth Basement Tanking survey or simply to talk to one of our Knebworth damp proofing specialists, call us on 01438 771567.


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