Basements & Damp Proofing

Our services are available to those converting basements and anyone who is looking to create a basement, offering structural waterproofing techniques to ensure adequate protection is provided. If you have a basement that is unusable because of damp issues, structural instability or other problems, call Linior. We can assist you to making your basement into an inviting and comfortable part of your home. Our methods of damp proofing and tanking can get rid of any damp and water issues, then we convert your basement or cellar into a liveable, usable space; finished basements can be ideal for recreation room, study area or laundry room.

Damp proof course / New DPC Injection
Moisture can enter the building by rising up through the brickwork from the ground using capillary action. If there is no damp-proof course or a defective damp proof course in place the moisture will carry on rising up and the wall plaster will become damp. We can install a new damp proof course injection to prevent this from happening. First you will need the area suffering from dampness to be inspected by a specialist damp surveyor as you may not need a new damp-proof course injection.

Converting an existing residential cellar or basement into a living space is in most cases unlikely to require planning permission as long as it is not a separate unit or unless the usage is significantly changed or a light well is added, which alters the external appearance of the property.

Excavating to create a new basement which involves major works, a new separate unit of accommodation and/or alters the external appearance of the house, such as adding a light well, is likely to require planning permission.

If you live in a listed building you are likely to need consent for internal or external work.

In all circumstances you are advised to contact your Local Planning Authority for guidance on local policy before starting any work.

Building Regulations apply. They cover areas such as fire escape routes, ventilation, ceiling height, damp proofing, electrical wiring and water supplies.

Underpinning and foundation work may also be needed.

You must also consider the Party Wall Act 1996 if other properties adjoin yours and you share walls.

The 'Basements for Dwellings' guidance was removed from the list of approved documents on 1st October 2010. DCLG and the Basement Information Centre are currently developing updated guidance on this topic.

We work closely with all our clients from conception to completion to ensure they are completely happy with the finished project.