Posted on 03/5/22 in Case Studies

Once again Wykamol help to waterproof a failed basement build scheme

When a homeowner in Lancashire built his dream home, he chose to install a German prefabricated panel system into the basement. These panels slot into each other via rebates in the floor slab. Unfortunately, within a short space of times problems occurred and a lengthy legal battle with insurers and the manufacturer began.

Wykamol were asked to attend site and advise on the scheme and the measures needed stop the water entering the structure.

Wykamol recommended a few registered contractors to waterproof this space to BS8102 and Pure Basement Systems were chosen to undertake the work.

Michael Foster, Managing Director of Pure consulted with the team at Wykamol. Cement-based coatings were recommended to support the wall floor junction and crystalline slurries were then used to seal the walls and floors against water that was seeping into the space below ground. 

A Type C System was then used to waterproof the whole basement linked to a perimeter channel system and twin pump station to remove any remaining water. 

As additional protection, a battery backup system to power the pumps and alarms was also incorporated into the design in case of mains failure. 

20mm membranes were used on the floor area including our high visual yellow membrane as well as 8mm membranes for the walls. A dry lining system was also used alongside insulation on the walls. 

Overall, the client is very thankful that his once unusable basement is now back to what he hoped it would be and soon to be turned into a fantastic cinema room and bar area. 

If you have a basement project and need some advice, please do not hesitate to contact us for help.     

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