What Is Structural Waterproofing?
Structural waterproofing is a general term used for damp proofing and tanking your structure to ensure it is watertight. Structural waterproofing is most commonly used for properties with high ground levels or low or below ground flats to provide a dry internal finish.
Structural waterproofing can be quite a big job but can make spaces in your property liveable, increasing its value. Very often this will eliminate the need to lower external ground levels and overcomes problems of high adjacent pavements and neighbouring properties.
Structural waterproofing is often carried out in conjunction with chemical damp proofing. The chemical damp proof course is installed above the external ground level and the masonry below is waterproofed using a cementitious compound such as Kenwood SWS (Structural Waterproofing System) or Kenwood Rapid, which is designed to withstand the water pressure adjacent and prevent the passage of water. Effective structural waterproofing treatment requires the brickwork to be suitably prepared by removal of existing paints and plaster.
The Process of Structural Waterproofing London
Kenwood Plc remove plaster and paint finishes using a range of specialist equipment, including pneumatic chiselling machines, needle guns, scarifiers and scabbling equipment to provide a keyed finish to the masonry. Once the masonry is suitably prepared, surfaces are thoroughly treated using waterproof cementicious compounds, which are either brush applied, low pressure spray coated or trowel.
Effective treatment requires the brickwork to be suitably prepared by removal of existing paints and plaster etc., from the walls to be treated.
Basement Waterproofing Systems
Kenwood SWS and Kenwood Rapid are chemically modified cements which are factory blended with binders and dried aggregates, specifically designed to bond to the substrate and prevent the ingress of water. All structural waterproofing treatments are applied by our own skilled technicians which, in conjunction with our waterproof rendering systems, will provide a dry internal finish.
Our basement waterproofing will provide effective treatment of dampness and is covered by a comprehensive 10-year guarantee for your peace of mind.
Structural Waterproofing Suitable For Existing Basements
Our treatments are suitable for damp treatment of existing basements and retaining walls in addition to preventing moisture ingress in ‘new build’ earth retaining structures. Our structural waterproofing London systems have been in widespread use for over twenty years and offer a reliable, cost effective method of treatment. They have the benefit that walls are finished using traditional solid plastering methods, remaining in line with several older properties.
Basement waterproofing is essential in habitable basements where ground water is likely to build up in the soil. Combined with the hydrostatic pressure, basement waterproofing allows water ingress through the walls. If left untreated, it can lead to mould, decay and other moisture-associated problems.
Structural Waterproofing London
Due to the nature of buildings, water levels and number of properties or homes with basements, structural waterproofing London is in high demand. Kenwood are damp proof specialists, able to provide a comprehensive evaluation survey and provide solutions to make your home more liveable or enjoyable. For more information about structural waterproofing in London, get in touch with a member of our specialist waterproofing team on 0208 950 9070, today.