Bathrooms are the most wet areas in the house, which is why waterproofing your bathroom is a must. Wet areas in the bathroom, particularly near the shower hob, can expose the interior structure of the bathroom and open a possible risk for dampness, condensation, and water leaks. Yes there are tons of DIY stop shower leaks products out there, and simple tools you can use to do your own plumbing and waterproofing. But for major tasks and projects, it would be more practical if you leave the task to the professionals. If you leave in or near Western Australia, your best available option is to hire a commercial waterproofing Perth company to do the job for you.
Should you decide to do the bathroom waterproofing on your own, then here are some important things you need to know.
Requirements for Bathroom Waterproofing
The Australian Standard and Building Code of Australia (AS 3740-1994) indicates the minimum requirements for waterproofing residential bathrooms. The requirements include:
- Waterproofing of the entire floor inside the shower recess
- There should be at least 100mm over the shower hob or the step down of the floor should be waterproofed.
- There should be at least 150mm up the shower walls that should be waterproofed.
- There should be 180mm of vertical angle between any two walls inside the shower.
- If it’s timber flooring, particleboard, plywood or on top of the house’s ground floor, the whole floor of the bathroom should be waterproofed.
These are just Australia’s minimum requirements for bathroom waterproofing, but if you want to give the best protection against water drainage, it would be best if you go above and beyond these requirements and make sure all the walls inside your shower room are waterproofed, including the whole bathroom floor and the waterproofing angle. To avail of such services, you can check out your commercial waterproofing Perthexperts.
On a side note, you should know that some councils require waterproofing to be done by professional and licensed contractors. Thus, it goes without saying that you should check your local council before hiring a waterproofing applicator for your bathroom.
The Waterproofing Process
It is very important that when you plan for any renovations in your bathroom, every surface inside should be prepped and primed correctly. The most important aspects are the joints between the floor and walls, around each floor drains and between the walls themselves.
For the shower recesses and internal corners, a mat of polyester reinforcement can be fitted, such as the connection between floor and wall, the shower hob and the floor, or in the corners between two walls. Then, the waterproofing layer should be applied to all surfaces. When the first coat of waterproofing layer is applied, wait an hour or two before applying the second coat. This coat should be applied in an opposite direction as the first. For example, if the first coat was applied horizontally, the second coat should be applied vertically. The bathroom should never be used until these layers fully cure. Depending on the climate, this may take up to five days.
If you want to save yourself the hassle of having to do everything, then you might want to hire commercial waterproofing Perth professionals for your bathroom waterproofing needs. Located in southest Queensland, Waterstop Streamline is your best bet for this task. Their team is made up of professional builders, tillers, and of course, waterproofers all of which have years of experience in the biz to ensure that your bathroom remains 100% waterproofed without having to sacrifice your aesthetic sensibilities. Check out their services today at http://www.waterstopstreamline.com.au/!