Why is choosing a suitably qualified, highly experienced, industry & customer verified and adequately insured specialist basement waterproofing & basement conversion company crucial?
When you are considering the significant investment required for a high quality basement waterproofing or basement conversion project, the saying ‘buy cheap – buy twice’ is particularly poignant.
Basement Waterproofing and Basement Conversion is a complex area of construction. It should only be undertaken by qualified, experienced professionals who carry the correct insurance for this specialised type of work. General builders and home renovation companies do not generally employ suitably qualified and experienced professionals or carry the correct level of insurance for this type of work.
An inadequate basement waterproofing (tanking) system or incorrectly installed system will not only potentially lead to devastating flood damage to your property and personal effects but also cause an incredible amount of distress and inconvenience. Once a fault is discovered, your property will need stripping back to it’s shell and a complete new system installing before it can be re-insulated, drylined and plastered. Any joinery, tiling, kitchen, bathroom items, floorcoverings etc will need replacing and gas and electrical installations will need checking for safety and replacing as necessary… THE COST WILL BE IN EXCESS OF YOUR ORIGINAL PROJECT.
This is why it is absolutely crucial that you check the credentials of your proposed contractor to ensure they are SUITABLY QUALIFIED, HIGHLY EXPERIENCED, INDUSTRY & CUSTOMER VERIFIED AND ASEQUATELY INSURED so you can be confident that they can be trusted to carry out a professional basement waterproofing or basement conversion project at your property.
To help you identify a competent, professional specialist basement waterproofing or basement conversion contractor you should ask the following questions…
DO THEY EMPLOY A QUALIFIED SPECIALIST STRUCTURAL WATERPROOFING SURVEYOR?
To understand the potential risks water ingress and damp present to your property and how to protect against these requires specialist knowledge and experience. All our surveyors hold CSSW (Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing) and CSRT (Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments) qualifications. These are specialist surveying qualifications covering the areas of damp and structural waterproofing.
The CSSW qualification is the only specialist structural waterproofing qualification available in the UK. It is accredited By the PCA (Property Care Association).
What qualifications does your contractor hold that make him suitably qualified to design and specify your basement waterproofing system?
HOW MUCH INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE DO THEY HAVE?
Pure Basement Systems CSSW CSRT qualified surveyors each have over 25 years experience in the basement waterproofing & construction industry. Between them they have waterproofed thousands of basements.
How much experience in the basement waterproofing and basement conversion industry does your contractor have?
DOES THEIR INSURANCE SCHEDULE SPECIFICALLY STATE BASEMENT WATERPROOFING AND BASEMENT CONVERSION AS INSURED RISKS?
Pure Basement Systems holds bespoke public liability insurance that provides comprehensive cover for our clients specifically for basement waterproofing and basement conversion. General building contractors insurance does not provide you with adequate cover for these specialist undertakings.
Does your contractors insurance schedule specify basement waterproofing and basement conversions as an insured work activity?
CAN YOUR CONTRACTOR SHOW YOU CASE STUDIES OF PREVIOUS PROJECTS AND PROVIDE CLIENT REFERENCES? CAN THEY ARRANGE FOR YOU TO TALK TO PREVIOUS BASEMENT WATERPROOFING & BASMENT CONVERSION CLIENTS?
Pure Basement Systems have successfully waterproofed and converted hundreds of basements since 2010. We have numerous photographic case studies and client references available for you to view on our website and can arrange visits to past projects so you can see our work for yourself and speak to our previous clients.
How many basements has your contractor waterproofed and converted? Have they done any in your local area and of a similar property type to yours? Can you visit/talk to their previous clients and see their work?
IS YOUR CONTRACTOR RECOGNISED BY THE BASEMENT WATERPOOFING INDUSTRY AS A COMPETENT PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTOR?
Pure Basement Systems are highly regarded by the waterproofing industry’s leading manufacturers. In recognition of our expertise, we have been contracted to undertake remediation works at properties where unqualified, inexperienced contractors have installed an inadequate waterproofing system and the property has flooded with devastating consequences to the homeowners. We have also been commissioned to install a waterproofing system at a flagship European project on behalf of a waterproofing system manufacturer.
Is your contractor recognised as a competent professional by industry experts?
IS YOUR CONTRCTOR INDUSTRY VETTED BY RELEVANT CONSTRUCTION AUTHORITIES?
Pure Basement Systems holds several industry recognised accreditations including CHAS (Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme), FMB (Federation of Master Builders), TRUSTMARK, WHICH? TRUSTED TRADER, BASEMENT WATERPROOFING ASSOCIATION UK. These accreditations and memberships are only attained by companies who have been assessed and judged as professional, competent contractors by each individual governing body on a comprehensive range of criteria including training & qualifications, experience, site assessments, financial history, insurance etc.
Which relevant industry accreditations and memberships has your contractor attained?
FURTHER INFORMATION & PROFESSIONAL ADVICE
We hope this information will help you to assess any potential contractor’s credentials and suitability to carry out your specialist basement waterproofing or basement conversion project.
Please contact us if you would like any further information or professional advice from one of Pure Basement Systems CSSW CSRT qualified surveyors on any aspect of your basement waterproofing or basement conversion project.