10 Jul
Manchester Basement Conversion Firms stuck in the 90's

I just wrote a post on my www.basementwaterproofingexpert.co.uk blog relating to discussions with a local supplier, who advised me that Manchester basement conversion firms are building in risk to systems by omitting battery back-up, this on the basis that clients would not pay for it.  It's a poor design choice and I feel for the […]

24 Nov
Failed Tanking and Broken Business Models

Another post on my http://basementwaterproofingexpert.co.uk/ blog. This post relates to the numerous failed cementitious slurry tanking systems that we deal with and the fact that in many cases, these are installed by non-specialist contractors backed by suppliers that provide an approved status.  Tanking is not a simple or easy task and failures do occur. http://basementwaterproofingexpert.co.uk/2014/11/13/failed-tanking-and-broken-business-models/ […]

13 Nov
The Déjà Vu Basement Conversion that Lost the Sale / £25k Property Value.

Firstly, apologies for the overly dramatic title but hopefully this will provide a useful example of the implications that a basement conversion can have on a property, where the work and guarantees which stand behind it are questionable. In 2009 I took a call from a homeowner with a townhouse property in Manchester, they had […]

4 Nov
Basement Conversion: Does a dry space need waterproofing? Good Question

I just answered this question and thought I'd post it on our blog. The question: Hello there I think your website and the advice you give is simply the best that I have ever seen. I am in a bit of a position in that my other half is a (very good) builder but not […]

9 Sep
A Client Blog: Builders Basement Conversion Remedied by Trace Basements.

Trace: Periodically we attend to a job like this, a basement conversion where the requirement for waterproofing was not fully understood by a general contractor, there is a lack of thought put in to design and the untrained staff installing have to do what they think best, which then results in poor detailing. Water is […]

27 May
Why 'Cavity Drainage Membrane Only' Waterproofing Systems are not Good Design.

This is the story of an unfortunate homeowner let down by a poor waterproofing design, and an installing contractor that ceased trading, leaving substantial problems and costs in their wake. When we build below ground, we have to include waterproofing or otherwise accept the risk that groundwater will pressure on the structure and penetrate, which […]

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