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Basement Tanking: Reasons For Failure

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Tanking protection provides a continuous barrier system which excludes water. It can be installed on the exterior face of the wall and floors, and onto the internal face of the wall as well. This is the best technique of waterproofing a basement.

Basement tanking is defined by the fact that it is bonded to the substrate and tries to hold water back. Basements with buried roofs, e.g underground car parks etc may require special consideration of the passive precautions to ensure compatibility with the measure adopted for the walls.


The presence of sulphates, chlorides, acids, gases in the ground and ground water affects the durability of the structural elements below ground level. If the risk of the moisture penetration through the structure of the wall and floor or the likely durability of the structure or its penetration is unacceptable, two options are available to achieve the specified internal basement internal environment:



Improve the protection provided by the construction materials.
Supplement the protection provided by the structural element.
There are failures in the basement because of some defects, which includes the incomplete water barrier due to failure of the tanking or an inadequate and incomplete link with the ground floor DPC. This may produce dampness around service entry points. Differential movement of the building may produce cracking.



Cracks will appear near structural, constructional or movement joints in walls and floors. If the patches of dampness appear high up in one place may mean that the tanking has failed at a point. The other can be the inability of the tanking to resist the hydrostatic pressure caused by water in the ground. Tanking within the basement wall can fail where the inner wall is unable to resist the hydrostatic pressure.



The ground drainage pipes commonly laid in the ground in front of the basement wall mat become silted up causing groundwater level to rise.

 
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  Miss. Aditi Pareek
I am writing articles from the last 6 months and I love to write articles on the topics concerned with the home. Basement Tanking is the best way to stop water from entering into the basement.
 
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