The bathroom is undoubtedly the wettest area in the home, which makes it uniquely susceptible to moisture issues. Despite most of us being aware of this fact, faulty bathroom waterproofing is a common problem and is categorized among the top three building defects in Australia . To help you stem the tide, here are a few common waterproofing mistakes and how you can detect them early.
Bathroom Waterproofing Mistakes –
Most waterproofing mistakes stem from a failure to adhere to Australian Standards on how to waterproof a bathroom. They include:
- Failing to waterproof within the shower recess.
- Assuming that tile, grout, and sealer are inherently waterproof.
- Breaching the waterproofing membrane by creating penetration and punctures through it.
- Improperly installed waterproofing membrane.
- Choosing the wrong tile for the shower.
- Poor motor coverage.
How To Detect Bathroom Waterproofing Issues –
Most people wait until it is too late to address bathroom waterproofing issues. You know it’s too late when the signs of water damage become apparent. You may observe mold growth, warped walls, a musty or damp smell, tiling issues, and more. The secret to detecting a leaky bathroom early is to hire a professional to perform an inspection on your bathroom. While many might refrain from this approach because of the associated costs, ultimately, the cost of hiring a professional will seem minimal compared to the costs of waterproofing your bathroom from scratch since you would also need to fix the areas affected by water damage.
A professional will examine whether the floor of the shower recess is completely waterproof, inspect whether the tiling is properly installed, check whether the drainage system is working at its optimal level and more. Once this is done, they will then recommend the most cost-effective solution to help you save on bathroom waterproofing costs.
A properly designed and installed bathroom waterproofing system should save you a lot of heartache for years to come. By hiring a professional, you can rest assured that the waterproof installations are truly sustainable.
If you are unsure about the condition of your bathroom, contact us today, and we’ll promptly identify whether or not you may be at risk of bathroom waterproofing issues.
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