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Faulty Waterproofing Installation Costs Homeowner £45,000 to Correct.

June 7, 2018

Our CSSW-qualified surveyors were called in to provide a free, no-obligation survey at a £4million house where deterioration in some wood had been observed in a plant/utility room.

What they found was completely incomprehensible and unforgiveable. We assume the installation was done by an amateur. If not, the installer ought to be ashamed of themselves!

There were several issues causing the problem and all caused by poor installation. For instance, there were no lapped details at the wall to floor junction. (See Image #1)

The next defect we found was that joints to the floor membrane were not sealed, enabling ingress of water in quite a few places. (See Image #2)

Perhaps most inept (or laziest) of all was one section of the pump outlet was not even connected! And, one section which was connected had limescale within the pump outlet and collection point. (See Images #3 & 4)

The extent of the water ingress was shown by the damage and decay to a door lining which had been sitting in the wet zone. (See Image #5)

Our surveyors believe that the membrane had been installed as an afterthought. Although, perhaps that should be “a lack of forethought”.

Correct installation is the key issue in waterproofing. If it is done incorrectly, moisture can build up, causing damage directly to the building and to the contents inside it.

The waterproofing experts at Premier Contractors have over 60 years’ experience, and all our surveyors are CSSW qualified.

We specialise in basement design with extensive expertise in the use of a wide range of waterproofing systems.

Our skills and service encompass every aspect of a project from full design to construction and installation of structural waterproofing systems in existing basements, cellars as well as new underground/earth retaining structures in both new and old construction.

All our work comes with a comprehensive 10-year guarantee with the added assurance of an insurance backed guarantee, if required.

Whether the issue is aggressive ground water conditions, where basements are liable to flooding, or where simple dampness, contamination or salting problems, we have the team and the capability to help.

We are proud members of Newton Specialist Basement Contractors (NSBCs), an elite group of structural waterproofing and damp proofing contractors who work in partnership with Newton to provide the highest quality products, design and installation in all aspects of domestic and commercial waterproofing and damp proofing.

June 7th, 2018