Conversions - General Question

Do i need a sump and pump for a dry cellar conversion


I am seeking to convert the basement of a rental property I am purchasing in Headingley Leeds.

The existing cellar is a large 2 chamber one at around 35m2, It is very dry and spacious inside and as I am looking at quotes the difference seems to be down to whther to install a pump or not. There is existing drainage as there is a stairwell down to an existing cellar door, which would need to be sealed, and a washing machine down ghere and old sink both of which run off to drainage in the stairwell outside the back door.

While I understand it would be impossible to provide any definitives I am intrigued to know what factors affect whther you need a pump to damp proof a cellar.

The area Headingley is fairly high and it is half way up a slight hill so there may be gravity drainage available.

I dont know if I have provided enough info but any and all questions or advice would be very welcome. If you are a cellar specialist in the area I am also looking for quotes.


2 Answers

Hi I'm local to your area and would be more than happy to give you a quote.

Many thanks,

M A Joinery & Building services

Answered 1st May 2013

M A Joinery & Building services

Member since 1 Aug 2012

yes u need a pump get it done properly by a trained water proofing specialist,not a builder it will fail,good luck

Answered 4th Mar 2015

JM Damp and Timber Treatment

Member since 4 Feb 2015

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