Basement conversion – Where do I start?
If you are thinking of converting your basement, there are some very important decisions to be taken.
It is not just a matter of looking on Google or in a local newspaper for a contractor, it is very important to know that all contractors should have an extensive knowledge of converting basements and they should also be aware of BS8102, if they do not I would suggest you would be wise not use them. BS8102 is the code of practice for Waterproofing Below Ground and all experienced waterproofing contractors should know of it; ours do!
It is not just a matter of throwing some dense render system onto a cellar wall or hanging some cavity drain membrane on it. There are major factors to be considered when waterproofing any basement conversion scheme; drainage being one that is critical if you are using a membrane system or the avoidance of cracking caused by shrinkage or movement if using a dense render tanking system.
Expert design and conscientious attention to detail are vital aspects of ensuring basement rooms and cellars remain water-tight.
The Basement Waterproofing Association are pleased to have a strong team of contractors, manufacturers and technical managers who can help you create that fantastic space beneath your dwelling.
We would always advise that all basement conversions should have building control notice, and any contractors that tell you different are probably not giving you good advice, that’s why we set up this association so that you know that any of our members you choose to carry out your conversion adhere to the latest in all building regulations and have up to date training along with years of experience in basement conversions .
Ask the experts! If you have a question, please don’t hesitate to contact us or speak to a BWA member that serves your area.