If you’re building your own home there are a multitude of things that you will need to think about. Of course, your main concern will be constructing a property that meets your needs and is habitable.
For anyone who is constructing a home with a basement, one thing you should definitely sort out in the early stages of your build is waterproofing for this lower level of your home.
An article for the Monitor recently highlighted the importance of doing so, explaining that cutting corners here will only lead to problems further down the line.
The news provider noted that if you don’t take this step, there is a chance that water will be able to enter your property, rising up through the floors and walls. This in turn can lead to a host of issues, including mould and fungus growth. If left unchecked, it can also cause damage to the structure of the home itself.
These aren’t things you’ll want to have to worry about if you’re going to the effort of constructing a new property.
What’s more, if you fail to damp proof your cellar it will be a damp and uncomfortable space that you’re unlikely to use, either for storage or as an extra room in your home.
Waterproofing the external walls is advised by an article in The Inquirer, and this is obviously something that’s much easier done at the construction stage than retrospectively.
It’s important to take advice from your builder, as well as damp proofing specialists, and to seek multiple quotes for the work to ensure you pay a fair price and get the best possible service for your money.
As well as arranging for cellar damp proofing in London, you should also make sure that you’ve considered drainage around your property. This will help ensure that the soil around your home doesn’t hold too much moisture that could seep into the walls of the underground space.
There are a few things you need to consider about the design of your property to ensure that you don’t end up with a damp basement.
According to The Inquirer, it’s important to look at simple changes that can be made to prevent water from collecting around your home - such as by ensuring adequate drainage not only in the ground itself, but also from gutters on your property.
If gutters don’t go directly into a proper drain, you need to ensure that the water they collect flows into the ground at least 15 feet from the house.
The gradient of the garden is another thing to look at. By increasing the gradient away from your home even slightly, you can encourage rainwater to drain more effectively, for instance. If your home is at the bottom of a sloping garden, it may be worth digging a small ditch, or swale, that can help divert water away from your home.
One of the most important things to remember is that it will almost always be more expensive to retrospectively correct a damp problem with your cellar than it will to simply ensure you think about these potential problems and factor them into your building project from the start.