Why to Keep the Wet Rooms Waterproofed?

What is Waterproofing?

Waterproofing is done in order to make the rooms incapable of leaking which enables the rooms to remain safe from the bad effects of constant or high-pressure water. The places susceptible to water on daily or irregular basis need to be waterproofed. These include basements, balconies, and other wet areas like bathrooms. The process is also used in building other equipment’s like watercraft, canvas, clothing’s like raincoats and waders, electronic devices and paper cartons used to store liquids.

Water leaking into your floor and wall spaces can rot structural timbers and cause damage and the worst part about it is you will find out the extent of damage only when it is too late.

Can I Do My Own Waterproofing?

DIY options do exist, but there are some standards you have to adhere to and the standard outlines the 'minimum' amount of waterproofing protection required which is inspected by the building inspector. It can also have an impact on any insurance or warranty.

Waterproofing of the washrooms in the most accurate way is a must as any avoidance in it can cause any serious damage from water and damp further down the road. We’ll show you the simple steps it takes to waterproof a bathroom floor without the mess.

Steps to Waterproof a Bathroom:

  • Clean the floor and apply the primer and then fill all corner and edges with silicon.
  • Apply masking tapes to the wall till the level waterproofing is required and then apply waterproofing agent till the masking tape level.
  • Apply the waterproofing membrane to waterproof the whole floor and then apply the last coat of waterproofing agent and leave it for 24 hrs.

Where is Waterproofing Required?

Waterproofing is needed anywhere where there’s a water outlet. This includes:
  • Shower stalls
  • Bath areas
  • Bathrooms in general (depending on other materials used)
  • Laundries
  • Wet areas in kitchens
  • Around all penetrations in areas to be waterproofed (e.g. taps, drains)
How high and wide walls and floors will need to be waterproofed depends very much on what’s being waterproofed, and on the other materials that are being used in that area.
  • How to decide the area to be waterproofed in a shower stall: The size of the shower stall
  • If the shower stall is enclosed or not
  • Whether it uses a pre-molded base
The materials used in the bathroom also make a difference in what is required for waterproofing. For example, while compressed fiber cement floor and concrete floors might offer water resistance themselves, if the bathroom floor uses timber-based materials like plywood or particleboard instead it’ll need to be fully waterproofed.  How long does waterproofing take?

How long it'll take will depend on how many people you've got on the job, but because there are waiting times for the waterproofing to set properly, this part will probably take at least a week.
Waterproofing Contractor
Waterproofing Contractor

Care to be Taken

Consult a specialist: Consulting a specialist will help in identifying the specific problem and they will be able to offer specific solution to your waterproofing problems. As a specialist they would be aware of the various materials and will suggest the best suited for your problem.

Employ the right contractor: Gather information from various representatives and get the solution for your issues and always compare the quotes and the feedback about the contractors and then take a decision.

Bathroom, being the wettest area in any home should have leak prevention capacity to diminish the chances of damage that can cause to the entire house.

Waterproofing is an essential part of the construction of any building and should be done at the very beginning and should also be done properly so that no real damage is caused to the house due to a very preventable leakage.
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