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Failed Tanking and Broken Business Models.

At present we are completing a remedial waterproofing scheme within a residential basement, where we are installing cavity drainage waterproofing to address issues of penetration past the internal cementitious slurry tanking system.

Nothing particularly unusual about that, but it is significant to me at least, in that this takes our turnover remedying failures in that specific slurry tanking product, to over £250k excluding VAT.

Must be a terrible product?? Continue reading Failed Tanking and Broken Business Models.

The Déjà Vu Basement Conversion that Lost the Sale / £25k Property Value.

Firstly, apologies for the overly dramatic title but hopefully this will provide a useful example of the implications that a basement conversion can have on a property, where the work and guarantees which stand behind it are questionable.

In 2009 I took a call from a homeowner with a townhouse property in Manchester, they had just converted their basement / cellar to a habitable space, employing a local cellar conversion specialist to undertake the work.
Continue reading The Déjà Vu Basement Conversion that Lost the Sale / £25k Property Value.

Defects, Defects and Defects (BS8102).

As intimated in this post, British Standard 8102 Code of practice for the protection of below ground structures against water from the ground, is the primary design guide which we and others rely upon in our work designing and installed structural waterproofing systems. As an ‘approved code of practice’ it has an elevated legal status versus other design guides and hence its importance.

One of the key considerations listed is that of defects and remedial measures. In essence designers should assume the risk that any given waterproofing system might not be installed defect free, with risk of defects being associated either with workmanship or the products installed. Continue reading Defects, Defects and Defects (BS8102).