26 May
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4 Oct
Why Trace Cannot Install External Tanking Membranes (only) in Residential.
4 Oct
Manchester Basement Conversion Firms stuck in the 90's

  Why some Manchester Basement Conversion Conversion firms are stuck in 90’s The 90’s were great; it involved most of my time at school, then starting and completing both college and university, with a lot of building site work thrown into the mix during the ample holidays that you enjoy as a student.  But what […]

16 Mar
Basement Service Penetrations, how bad can it be?

An example of substantial water ingress and flooding, via unsealed service pipe penetrations. https://vine.co/v/OEYY9vmZpgV/embed/simple What caused this?? …Well compacted concrete is an inherently water resistant material, and with sufficient depth it can essentially block water out, however concrete structures leak. Why is this? Well, one way to think about it is that water penetrates not […]

5 Mar
Sat in a Muddy Hole in the Ground for Three Months (quality pump)!

We have used various pumps over the years, however now employ pumps supplied by Newton Waterproofing. One such example involves a temporary automatic 110v site pump, which we have had in place on a site where a retrofit land drain detail is proposed, however this installation is awaiting fair weather, and as a result we […]

19 Aug
Small is Beautiful (in Contracting).

I am second generation at Trace, with the company being established by my parents George and Julia, back in 1974.  There are now five Hockey's working in the firm, but the family attitude extends to each and every employee.  The majority of our work is repeat business, I think mostly because we are passionately technical […]

1 Aug
World's most powerful single phase pump (and how to keep your dungeon dry).

When the Merlin Groups York Dungeon (basement) attraction suffered flooding in association with substantial and repeated rise of the nearby River Ouse, they considered what could be implemented to reduce future risk without detriment to the listed structure. More specifically, it was not practical, or sympathetic to upgrade the structure to a condition in which […]

26 Jul
A visit to The Majik House (Guest Blog)

I just wrote a guest blog for the Majik House team, they installed an award winning home cinema system in a basement where we installed the waterproofing. Head over to http://majikhouse.com/blog/article/thank-you-james

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 […]

7 Apr
BS8102 Design Team, Advice for Specifiers and Protecting P.I.

Just posted a new article concerning guidance within the updated British Standard for Structural Waterproofing 8102:2009 Code of practice for protection of below ground structures against water from the ground.

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