Hudson Lambert, Director at Safeguard Europe, answers some of the most common queries arising from waterproofing basements – whether new or refurbishment.

Sika’s Concrete, Waterproofing and Engineered Refurbishment division has launched a CPD module designed to provide specialist guidance on concrete repair and protection.

There is a growing urgency for efficient infrastructure and sustainable strategy when it comes to lowering the impact of construction on the environment by shrinking its footprint. It has become less of a buzzword and more of a shared responsibility amongst contractors, as urban construction becomes a common, fixed part of our everyday scenery – our homes, offices, marketplaces and coffeehouses.

By providing convenient access to shops, bars, restaurants and other leisure-related places of interest, public and privately-owned car parks help oil the wheels of the urban economy. Therefore, it’s vital these sites are in the best possible state of repair in order to remain operational and help maintain town and city centre trade. Exposed car park surfaces are at the daily mercy of the elements, as well as heavy, motorised traffic, which is a potential cause of waterproofing failure if not addressed at an early stage. Mohammed Ashfaq, Senior Sales Manager at Sika, looks at the challenges involved with car park refurbishment in a ‘live’ environment to ensure sites stay safe and ingress-free.

Liquid applied waterproofing is becoming an increasingly popular flat-roofing solution for building owners, designers and contractors offering, as it does, a wide choice of high-performance system solutions for a host of requirements and applications. Suitable for roofing refurbishment, repair, new build, complex and inverted roofs; new formulations have enhanced its appeal over alternative bonded or torch-on systems, says Simon Ashworth, Product Manager – Liquids & Synthetics at BMI UK & Ireland.

Time is money; a motto that is particularly pertinent to the refurbishment of concrete infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, tunnels and the like. Delays in the repair of these vital transport links not only pile unnecessary stress on the commuting public, but local authorities also face additional expenditure each time a public project overruns; a financial burden that will inevitably be borne by the taxpayer.

Proudly supporting the Women of Waterproofing Networking Group to inspire, retain and attract females into the Waterproofing sector.

Our new brochures sought to offer expertise in the Structural waterproofing sector. 2018 saw the launch of our Cavity Drain, Basement Pump & Drainage, MemTech and Flood Resilience brochures.

We are delighted to announce the achievement of the British Board of Agrément (BBA) certification for NB 1 (19/5619i1). Koster NB 1 is a mineral coated waterproofing slurry containing crystallising and capillary-plugging agents. It can be used for waterproofing against ground moisture and for non-pressurized and pressurized water. NB 1 Grey is characterized by its excellent resistance to pressure and abrasion as well as chemical and sulphate resistance.

Designing a waterproofing scheme is no simple matter. With rainfall averages varying from a few hundred millimetres to several metres depending on where you are in the UK, and most of it undulating, it’s certainly no level playing field. Even when it is, you could still find your building sitting below the water line. Here, Niklas Ullfors, National Technical Manager for Visqueen, lays down some ground rules for specifying successful waterproofing solutions.

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