What options are available to me?
Some, if not all, walls in a cellar/basement are earth-retaining. They are subject to penetrative damp and sometimes the ingress of running water. There are different solutions to render the area habitable, the two most common are cementitious tanking and cavity drainage membranes. Cementitious means cement-based, which we have in the form of a slurry. This can be painted onto walls and floors to eradicate the possibility of lateral water ingress. This solution can prove effective, however is prone to condensation and could potentially cause problems in the future – this system must not be pierced which can make hanging shelves/fitting furniture difficult. Property Conservation Services Ltd prefer to use the cavity drainage membrane on underground elevations, as it minimises condensation and provides a practical solution, eliminating the most problematic areas associated with cementitious tanking. For structures prone to flooding, we can install a sump & pump at the same time as fixing the membrane & drainage channel into place. This actively pumps away water in order that the area does not flood.
Dry rot and wet rot can affect buildings of all ages, and if decay is discovered it should be identified and remedial action should be taken without delay. Fungal decay occurs in timber which becomes wet for some time and is the result of the attack by one of a number of wood-destroying fungi.
It is very important that the type and cause of the fungal decay are correctly identified before any corrective action can be considered. It is for these reasons that it is important that a detailed diagnostic inspection is carried out by a competent specialist.