13 April 2018

An Ancient Cellar

An Ancient Cellar

This stone and brick built cellar with a vaulted ceiling dates back to about 1700. It is fairly damp which is typical for it’s age.

Basements and cellars are inherently damp as they are below ground level. They can be vulnerable to flooding due to ground water and broken drains. This is often not a problem other than limiting the use of the cellar for storage purposes. Good ventilation should be maintained to avoid damp problems affecting timbers above. It may also be necessary to install an automatic operation submersible pump. Damp alleviation works in such situations are often not effective in the longer term, and those works which are undertaken can fail at any time. In general terms, you should regard a cellar as suitable for occasional/ancillary use only and not as part of the main living accommodation.