If recent reports are to be believed, basement conversions are surging in popularity. Gone are the days where people simply leave their unused basement to linger underneath their homes, many are starting to reap the advantages of the additional space with a conversion and add significant value onto their home in the process.
Unfortunately, basement conversions are by no means cheap. To the Average Joe, they may simply look like a major re-decorating job, but this is seldom the case. Due to the position of the basement, damp is almost always a problem and if you fail to put the appropriate barriers in place, there’s absolutely no way it can become a habitable area of the home.
The problems with damp don’t stop there though. In aiming to prevent moisture from progressing into the space, some homeowners can feel the effects of hydrostatic pressure. Obviously, this isn’t a term utilised in day-to-day speech and for this reason, we’ll take a look at the problem in more detail and highlight the ways in which specialist contractors are combating it.
What Is Hydrostatic Pressure?
Hydrostatic pressure can be described as the process in which water pushes against the foundations of a building and if you have not properly waterproofed the basement, there’s every chance that it will simply leak into the space and cause the dreaded dampness.
Unfortunately, the problem can become even bigger if you have taken measures to prevent the water from entering. On those buildings which provide a barrier against moisture coming into the room, a backlog of water starts to build as it has nowhere to go. In some cases, the pressure can become so high that walls collapse and because of the position of the basement, this clearly isn’t desirable.
Fortunately, hydrostatic pressure doesn’t occur everywhere. It’s mostly prevalent in those areas with a high water table, or if your home has been built on a slope.
How Can It Be Prevented?
As you will have gathered from the previous paragraph, some forms of waterproofing a building do nothing but encourage the issue from occurring. Therefore, if you are creating an internal barrier through a form of tanking, you also need to incorporate a drain in your basement so that the water at least has somewhere to go. This means that the pressure won’t occur and the chances of your wall, and possibly the rest of your home, falling down are squished to virtually zero.
To achieve this, you’ll need to take a look at the various models of Grundfos pumps which are marketed as sump pumps. These combine with an internal drain in your basement, meaning that the water is simply directed to the pump before being forced out of the building. You’ll actually be surprised at the amount of water that is regularly pumped out and the fact that many basement owners have a backup pump as well highlights exactly how important this process is.