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Tanking Walls

Tanking Walls by London Property Preservation offers a specialised solution in waterproofing and protecting your property’s walls from moisture ingress. With expert techniques and durable materials, we ensure your walls remain dry, secure, and aesthetically pleasing, safeguarding your property’s integrity and value.
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What Is Tanking Walls?

Tanking walls refers to a method of waterproofing and damp proofing walls, primarily in below-ground level areas like basements or cellars. This process involves applying a waterproof coating or membrane to the interior or exterior surfaces of the walls, creating a “tank-like” barrier against moisture. Typically, this is crucial in areas where the water table is high or where lateral damp penetration can occur. The tanking material, which can be a cement-based slurry, a liquid membrane, or a sheet membrane, is applied to ensure a fully watertight seal. This technique is vital in preventing not only water ingress but also issues related to damp such as mould growth, structural damage, and heat loss. Appropriate for new constructions and existing buildings, tanking is an essential measure in maintaining a dry, healthy, and structurally sound environment.

Why You Need Tanking

Tanking is essential for several reasons, particularly in maintaining the structural integrity and internal environment of a building. Primarily, it protects against water ingress in areas prone to high moisture levels or where subterranean water can seep in, such as basements, cellars, and underground garages. Without adequate tanking, buildings are at risk of developing damp issues, leading to mould growth, which can have significant health implications and deteriorate indoor air quality. Structurally, water penetration can weaken walls, causing cracks, decay in timber, and corrosion in metal reinforcements. Tanking also plays a critical role in insulating properties, contributing to thermal efficiency by preventing damp and cold spots. In terms of property value, a well-maintained, damp-free property stands at a higher market value, making tanking a wise investment. Whether for renovation, new construction, or historical restoration, tanking ensures longevity, safety, and comfort in a building.

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Why Choose Us

London Property Preservation is a local and trusted firm in the areas in and around London. With a strong passion for helping our customers combined with our great attention to detail, you can rest assured that your property is in the right hands.
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Damp Solution Specialists
Our team of staff is highly knowledgeable when it comes to finding and removing dampness from your home. With many years of experience in providing damp solutions and proofing services, our team is the go-to company for any damp problems.
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A Family-Run Business
London Property Preservation is a close-knit, family-run business of which we are openly proud. With open communication between the team, our services are seamless, efficient, and reliable.
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Solutions That Are For The Future
At London Property Preservation, we understand that dampness can be a reoccurring issue if the root issue is not amended effectively. Our mission is to protect our customers’ homes from dampness, in the present as well as the future.

What Our Customers Say

Androulla Christofi
Androulla Christofi
2024-05-30
James was very punctual with an easy, friendly manner. He knew what the problem was as soon as he looked at it, did further checks to confirm this and clearly informed us on what steps would be taken to address the issue and what it would involve.
Christine Bell
Christine Bell
2024-05-28
Everyone was very pleasant, very helpful. Explained things I hadn’t realised. No complaints.
CT1980
CT1980
2024-03-21
James was very professional, kind and courteous! His expertise helped put our minds at rest regarding our enquiry. Should we require anything further in the future we will not hesitate to contact James and Co.
Cliff Tate
Cliff Tate
2024-03-17
James arrived on time, was very thorough in his investigating and informative. We would definitely use again if need be.
PA Jones
PA Jones
2023-12-12
We have used London Property Preservation Ltd on a couple of occasions recently and have had a very positive experience. Everyone is so helpful and polite, appointments kept and any concerns always answered immediately. The work that was carried out was done to a very good standard and the properties have been left clean and tidy at the end of the job.
Brijesh Patel
Brijesh Patel
2023-11-09
Excellent customer service from Denise from the start to the end. Work was done to a high standard & also would like to mention surveyor James who pinned pointed the cause of damp. Thank you all.
Dilith Nanayakkara
Dilith Nanayakkara
2023-09-22
LPP, specifically Jim, provided exceptional service, promptly resolving my damp issue. Highly recommended for their professionalism and expertise.

Our Process

The team at London Property Preservation understands that finding dampness in your home can be a worrying and distressing time. This is why we put great importance on providing a service that is efficient, simple, yet still accurate and reliable.
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Get In Touch
The first step for anyone worried about dampness in their home is to get in touch with a friendly member of the team. From there, they can help you arrange a free damp survey, based on your date and time requirements.
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A Specialist Will Survey & Investigate Your Home For Damp
Once the damp survey has been scheduled, one of our damp specialists will be around on the specified date to begin the investigation process. This will be as hassle-free as possible, to ensure there are minimal disruptions in your home.
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A Plan For Damp Removal & Damp Proofing Will Be Put Together
After our specialist knows exactly what work needs doing and what the cause of the dampness is, they can then put together a plan. This will go through what method of damp proofing needs to be taken, as well as extra recommendations to avoid any future issues.

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How Do You Tank a Wall

Tanking a wall involves a series of steps that must be followed to ensure a completely waterproof barrier. The process begins with preparing the surface; the wall needs to be clean, free of loose material, and as smooth as possible. Any cracks or openings should be sealed with a suitable filler. Next, the choice of tanking material is critical. For cement-based tanking, the mix should be prepared following the manufacturer’s guidelines. The tanking application starts at the wall-floor junction, proceeding upwards in a uniform layer. It’s essential to cover the entire area uniformly, paying extra attention to corners and joints, which are potential weak points for moisture ingress. For optimal results, especially in areas with high water pressure, a second coat may be necessary. The tanking must then be left to cure as per the specified time before any further work, like plastering or painting, is carried out.

How to Apply Tanking Slurry

Applying tanking slurry is a critical part of waterproofing walls. First, the wall surface must be adequately prepared. It should be structurally sound, free from loose particles, dirt, oil, and grease. Any existing paint or coatings need to be removed to ensure the slurry bonds effectively to the wall. Holes, gaps, and cracks must be filled and smoothed out. Prior to the application of the tanking slurry, the wall should be dampened with water to help the adhesion of the slurry. Mix the tanking slurry according to the manufacturer’s instructions until a smooth, lump-free consistency is achieved. Apply the slurry with a stiff brush, working it well into the surface. Start from the bottom and work upwards in a vertical motion to avoid missing any areas. A second coat is usually applied at right angles to the first, ensuring a thorough coverage. Allow adequate drying time between coats and before finishing the wall.

Types of Damp Proofing

Basements are more prone to receiving dampness than other areas in a home, and therefore, basement waterproofing is a popular process for the team here. Rejuvenate your basement into a usable or living space by damp proofing.
Plastering
Our plastering and replastering services allow your walls to be revived from dampness. There are many possible causes for dampness occurring on your walls, which is why we put such a strong focus on providing leading-quality plastering services.
We specialise in providing solutions and treatments for any wood or timber surfaces that are struggling with dampness. Utilising the latest techniques and equipment, you can rest assured that London Property Preservation will take care of your dry rot treatment requirements.
Rising damp, although rare is very important to treat sooner rather than later. This type of dampness can cause structural damage in the long run and should be looked at by professionals as soon as possible.
Basements are more prone to receiving dampness than other areas in a home, and therefore, basement waterproofing is a popular process for the team here. Rejuvenate your basement into a usable or living space by damp proofing.
Condensation is one of the biggest causes of dampness in UK homes, which is why condensation control solutions are crucial if your home is struggling with the correct levels of ventilation.

Tanking Membrane for Walls

Tanking membranes for walls are an effective solution for waterproofing, especially in areas prone to dampness or water ingress. Unlike tanking slurry, which creates a rigid barrier, tanking membranes offer a more flexible approach, making them ideal for structures susceptible to slight movements or vibrations. These membranes are typically dimpled sheets that allow water to channel away from the wall surface. Installation begins with the preparation of the wall surface, ensuring it is clean and even. The membrane is then cut to size and securely fastened to the wall, often using special fixing plugs. This method creates an air gap between the wall and the membrane, allowing the wall to breathe and preventing moisture from coming into direct contact with the building fabric. This system is highly beneficial as it not only stops water penetration but also deals with any condensation issues. Tanking membranes can be used in combination with internal drainage systems for areas with high water tables, providing a robust solution for basement conversions or retrofits in older properties.

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Tanking Walls Cost

The cost of tanking walls can vary widely, depending primarily on the size of the area, the method used, and the condition of the walls. Generally, a basic tanking job using slurry might cost from several hundred to a few thousand pounds. Factors affecting the price include the type of tanking material (slurry, membrane, or a combination of both), the extent of wall preparation required, and whether additional features like insulation need to be incorporated. Installation of a tanking membrane, for instance, might be more costly than applying a slurry due to the materials and labour involved. However, it’s a long-term investment in protecting a property against potential damages caused by damp and water ingress, which can be significantly more expensive to rectify later. It’s also worth noting that professional installation is crucial for ensuring the effectiveness of the tanking and typically comes with a guarantee, adding value despite the initial expenditure. When considering tanking, obtaining multiple quotes and understanding the guarantees offered by different suppliers and installers can help in making an informed decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tanking walls involves applying a waterproof barrier to the walls, primarily below ground level like in basements or cellars, to prevent moisture ingress. This can be done using various methods such as cement-based tanking slurry, liquid membranes, or tanking membranes, depending on the specific requirements of the building.
Tanking can be applied to most types of walls; however, the effectiveness and method will depend on the wall’s material, condition, and the level of moisture it’s exposed to. A professional assessment is recommended to choose the most suitable tanking method for your walls.
The lifespan of a tanking system varies based on the materials used and the quality of installation. Generally, a well-installed tanking system can last several decades. Regular checks and maintenance can help ensure its longevity.
Tanking methods like slurry or membrane systems are usually applied beneath the final wall finishes, so they won’t affect the appearance of your walls. Post-tanking, walls can be plastered, painted, or decorated as normal, in line with your interior design.
Tanking is primarily used to prevent lateral moisture ingress in below-ground structures. For rising damp issues, a damp proof course (DPC) is typically more appropriate. However, in some cases, especially in older buildings where installing a DPC is not feasible, tanking can be part of a broader damp proofing strategy. It’s essential to get expert advice for the correct treatment based on your specific damp problems.

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At London Damp Solutions, we invite you to connect with us for all your damp-proofing needs. Our team of experts is ready to provide tailored solutions, ensuring your property remains safe and dry. Whether it's damp surveys, dry rot treatments, or plastering, we are just a call or message away. Don't let dampness compromise your property's integrity. Reach out today for professional assistance.

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