waterproofing techniques can be used to resolve a range of problems
from waterproofing damp basements, underground vaults, cellars and
tunnels to protecting car park decks, water treatment plants and
waterproofing is a vitally important profession as significant parts of
the UK's infrastructure are reliant on it. Three major categories of
Waterproofing to create a dry environment,
Domestic basements and cellars
Sub-terrain commercial premises,
particularly in cities
Underground transport systems
Waterproofing for protection against deterioration,
Multi-storey car park decks
Waterproofing for functionality,
Water and sewage treatment works
Zoo seal aquaria
What types of
structural waterproofing are there?
there are five main categories:
Bonded Sheet Membranes
Sprayed Concrete / Gunite.
Each of these
will be more appropriate in different circumstances, and some situations
will require a combination of methods. It is important to engage a
professional to specify the best system for each situation.
Who can carry
should be taken in appointing the right professionals to specify and
undertake the work, as any problems arising can have serious consequences.
Ninety nine percent accuracy in most skilled trades would be considered an
excellent standard whereas in structural waterproofing it could constitute
total failure! In this vital area of construction, technical
products are all too often specified by people without the requisite
knowledge and experience, and applied by untrained labourers with little
knowledge of the exact requirements, resulting in failure.
1992, the British Structural Waterproofing Association is a trade
association dedicated to raising levels of professionalism in structural
waterproofing. Its members, who have passed rigorous checks to be
approved for membership, include international product manufacturers,
independent consultants and trained, assessed specialist contractors.
To avoid dealing with inexperienced and untrained structural waterproofers,
a BSWA member should be sought. They can be identified by their use
of the BSWA logo, and an up to date list can be found on this site.