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Free Guarantee.

My Guarantee is that there will be no visible ingress of water through the structure, whether through concrete or joints.

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No one else offers such a useful guarantee.

This means I am unique guaranteeing workmanship - mine and yours as well.

Subject to entirely reasonable terms and conditions.

I built basements for others from 2005. Before that I was a site engineer on big projects with underground structures. Over all that time I developed methods that always work.

The only guarantee I give is my free guarantee - in return for all my products and services appropriate to your job.

I am so confident that your work won't leak that I cannot justify charging a penny for the guarantee.

Legal bits:
  1. I will have to approve your formwork including the height of each pour. I might want to be paid for an extra visit to do this.

  2. You must use and pay for my powerful plasticiser, my supervision, my poker hire, rods and nuts and anything else I tell you is necessary for success.

  3. You, your design team and your workforce must have followed my direction and supervision throughout.

  4. You must buy and use the concrete mix I describe throughout all the work you want to be free of leaks. See the home page for the mix design. I like to talk to your concrete supplier and clear the details with their technical team.

  5. The guarantee is a personal guarantee only, by Phillip Sacre only,

    1. to stop any visible ingress of water through the concrete I treated with my powerful plasticiser

    2. to stop any visible ingress of water through joints between concrete elements treated with my powerful plasticiser

    if you followed every condition published on this web site or linked to from this web site.

  6. There must be no money outstanding. All invoices must be paid.

  7. Note. If you claim you have a leak and Phillip Sacre visits site with repair tools and materials only to find that all you have is condensation, a charge of £400 plus travel will be invoiced and must be paid.

  8. The site of any water leak must be easily accessible, with working room and power available, be a safe area and not covered over (for instance by plasterboard or cables), have sufficient ventilation and it must be acceptable that we make a mess chiselling out hard concrete and mixing up repair compounds with water. The area we use for repairs will need a final clean by yourselves afterwards. The purpose of this clause is that no unfair advantage is made of this free guarantee.

  9. If you have any condition that hinders Phillip Sacre from carrying out repairs then the guarantee must be void.

  10. Unlike Caltite and Pudlo, and no doubt many others, the value of repairs is NOT limited to the value of materials purchased.

I have been offering and honouring this same guarantee to my basement customers for years.

I carried out repairs on a few of the basements I built from 2005 to 2013. Most were very minor. For instance, some repairs are described during this Youtube video about alternative energies here.

No basement built since 2013 has had any visible leak.

How does my guarantee compare to other guarantees for waterproof concrete?

I believe that my guarantee is the only genuinely useful guarantee in the marketplace.

If you think differently, then insist on a copy of the guarantee from whomever you prefer to specify.

You will find, I believe, that Caltite, Pudlo, Sika and so on will make all manner of excuses and not provide you with their actual wording.

Kryton is the only publicly available guarantee we have seen. I reproduce it on my Kryton page on the Waterproof Concrete web site under 'Others examined'. It excludes absolutely everything you would want from a guarantee.

I hear engineers tell me that Caltite is the Rolls Royce of waterproofers. Yet if you truly understood their BBA certificate you would know it is evidence (other academic evidence is available) that Everdure Caltite does not work beneath ground where it cannot fully dry.

And their guarantee, reproduced on my page about Caltite, just like Kryton's, excludes absolutely everything you would want from a guarantee.

If Caltite is considered the Rolls Royce then Pudlo might be considered the Bentley. But it's BBA certificate proves only that it made concrete more watertight when they reduced the water cement ratio as well as adding about 8kg of cementicious powder. The BBA certificate for Pudlo provides no evidence that the concrete used on site will be waterproof as a result of adding Pudlo powder.

I might add that all these brands have been fully aware of what I say about them for many years. I got phone calls of complaint from a couple of sales people but I have never had a written complaint from any of them. What I say is true and unchallengable.

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