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Hiring a tradesman for basement or cellar waterproofing (tanking)
Converting your basement can be a sound investment, and it begins with waterproofing or ‘tanking’ the room. This is not a DIY job - there are several potential complications involved, so you will require a tradesman that can give you an expert assessment before offering a quote. Plentific hosts the information for over 75,000 tradesmen across the UK and offers a service allowing you to easily post a job to receive quotes from local Pros. You will also be given access to customer reviews and ratings to help you make the best hire. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific is covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
What do you need to know about basement or cellar waterproofing (tanking)?
Waterproofing or ‘tanking’ your basement can be the first stage of a conversion that will add a great degree of value to your house, but be aware that this is not a cheap route. ‘Tanking’ is applying a waterproof membrane over a masonry service. For an average sized basement you would have to pay around £40 to £80 per square meter for this service.
However, there are complications that can drastically increase your quote. A professional assessment could reveal that you need to lower your basement floor in order to provide adequate headroom, or you may need to divert piping. An environmental surveyor may point out other issues depending on on the area where you live, such as the makeup of the surrounding soil or the height of the local water table. Have a budget in place for the tanking itself, but do not make any hires or accept any quotes until you have had your basement expertly assessed.
To ensure a successful project, look over the qualifications, expertise and experience of each of your options. They should have worked on basement conversions in the local area and should be covered for accidental damage and liabilities. Be sure to check customer feedback from their previous jobs to see if they are thorough in their assessments.