Waterproofing design is absolutely at the core of what we do. It is the first and most important step in achieving a successful outcome in basement waterproofing. The best installation and materials will not prevent issue if the waterproofing design is not correct. Trace take complete responsibility for the waterproofing design on any given project.
First established in 1974, we have now completed over 50,000 surveys and 18,000 projects. Our specialists waterproofing team has extensive knowledge and experience in successfully managing a wide range of projects, frequently where ‘live water’ is present. We have won 3 PCA ‘Project of the Year’ Awards; 2 CSRT awards, 1 CSSW award and benefit from an in-house MRICS Surveyor (Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) – there very few of these in the UK specialising solely in problems of moisture in buildings.
Commercial clients include numerous financial institutions, insurance companies, football clubs, top tier main contractors, councils, housing associations, Hospitals, Universities, Utilities companies, leading developers, Architecture Engineering and Surveying practices, major house builders and house-hold brands.
specialists waterproofing - Professional Indemnity
Trace carry £2.5m professional indemntiy insurance, allowing us to act as the 'Waterproofing Designer' on your design team and project.
Experienced waterproofing specialists
Trace has designed thousands of systems spanning more than twenty years, including many remedial systems paid for by insurers (NHBC etc). We understand how to design out risk.
All of our Experienced waterproofing specialists are competent in CAD and this is employed to create or tailor designs to suit any given configuration of structure. See our Arndale case study for an example of waterproofing design in a world-first scenario.
A Comprehensive Waterproofing Specialist Offer - No Split Liabilities
In 2022 Trace conducted a survey of waterproofing industry professionals, to enable production of an article for the peer reviewed Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation.
95% of respondents had CSSW but across a range of backgrounds (Contractors, Independents and Materials Manufacturers) and we also captured responses from 98% of all PCA Registered Waterproofing Design Specialists.
Part of the question set included what people offer in relation to taking responsibility for the waterproofing design. Taking design responsibility requires professional indemnity (P.I.) insurance.
If you're not familiar with these terms, taking responsibility as a Waterproofing Designer, means that if you design something which does not work, for are liable for that. Professional indemnity insures designers and the advice that they provide. This protects the client if they end up with a failed outcome, so P.I. cover and design responsibility is a key facet of client protection, hence it is very important!
What we found is that many waterproofing industry professionals carry Professional Indemnity Insurance, but then do not accept design responsibility.
This is therefore a potentially confusing scenario. You can have a 'Waterproofing Design Specialist', which is the wording used in BS8102 (British Standard for Waterproofing), but you then need someone else (a Waterproofing Designer) to take actual responsibility.
The point we make is that we always take design responsibility for what we install. There is no ambiguity or split liability (one party responsible for design, another for installation) where you employ Trace. This is best for client, main contractors, and the rest of the design team.
Award winning experts in dealing with problems of moisture in buildings. Est 1974.
Experienced Specialists in Waterproofing Design
Trace have specialised in waterproofing design since the 1980's, today we look at everything from residential cellars to retrofit basements below gardens, to podium decks, buried roofs and four storey deep commercial basements. If you have a requirement, why not send information via email or complete the form on our contact us page: