There are numerous systems, productsÂ and techniques available to structurally waterproof a given property, building, lift pit, swimming pool etc. Subject to the product and specification selected structural waterproofing can be completed internally, externally or as an ‘integrated’ part of the structure.
All of the various products and techniquesÂ have potential advantages and disadvantages when directly comparing to each other.
When designing and selecting a system the choice of product and the technique used should consider various factors,Â a limited example of which are detailed below:
Type of construction / structure
Anticipated usage of the structurally waterproofed area
External ground conditions / water table
Form and feasibility of any remedial works
Risks associated with choosen system
Maintenance of the installed system, etc ..
Further detailed information and guidance etc in relation to desigining a structural waterproofing system can be found within the following publications:
British Standards Institute
BS 8102 : 1990 (The Code of Practice for Protection of Structures Against Water from the Ground).
Construction Industry Research & Information Association
CIRIA Report 139 (1995) ‘Water Resisting Basements’
British Structural Waterproofing Association
BSWA Basement Waterproofing Design & Site Guides (two publications)
BSWA Waterproofing Existing Basements