In late 2015 we were asked to inspect and report on the condition of a single room basement in a large period property in Crewkerne.
With exposed stone walls and a rough rubble floor there was a musty smell and salt residue on most of the stonework. It was not viable to use even as an area of storage with high moisture meter readings throughout. There was no evidence of any physical water ingress and there had been no reported flooding in the buildings history.
The client indicated that the room was required for storage and that this would include some delicate items. We provided a comprehensive report and a specification that included a tanking system.
An appropriate concrete floor slab was laid which included an epoxy resin as a final finish. The exposed stonework walls were cleared of loose debris and meticulously prepared then a combination of render and tanking slurry coats were applied. Once dry a number of coats of quality masonry paint were added and an extractor fan allowed for adequate ventilation.
The client was presented with a dry, clean and bright room in which anything and everything could be stored.