Waterproofing of basements and other below ground structures

5.4.8Handling, storage and protection

Waterproofing materials, products and systems shall be handled, stored and protected in a satisfactory manner to prevent damage, distortion, weathering or degradation. Issues to be taken into account include:

  1. handling and storage
  2. protection from ongoing works.

Handling and storage

Materials, products and systems should be transported, lifted, handled and stored in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Protection from ongoing works

Design should consider the risk of damage caused by ongoing works. Details of suitable protection measures should be specified in the design and include:

  • fixing of other components, such as skirtings, wall ties and wall linings
  • protection of the waterproofing from backfilling.

Proprietary products and systems should be protected and tested before backfilling occurs.