Bathroom Waterproofing Basics
One of the areas of the house that is always exposed to dampness, water and wet floors is the bathroom and that is why it is essential to make sure that the bathroom is properly waterproofed. Today with the various advancements in technology having been introduced waterproofing is not such a daunting task and there are many methods to do it and different measures can be undertaken to ensure that the bathroom is well waterproofed.
The basic process or the most common one is installing a barrier that does not allow water to seep through the floor of the bathroom and the walls. This is very essential as the water seeping through the bathroom can badly affect the structure of the home. Similarly, water from the external elements like snow and rain can also seep into the home through the wall of the bathroom if they are not waterproof. For effective results, waterproofing is usually done in various phases and each phase of the waterproofing of the bathroom has its own distinctive features making it really significant. Some of the phases of the waterproofing procedure are done before the actual flooring and walls are done and other phases are completed after the entire flooring and walls have been built. A very significant and perhaps the most unnoticed area is the line along which the floor meets the wall. With many crevices and fissures along the line of the meeting point, water can easily seep in, which cause huge damages to the walls and the basic structure itself. It is better to pay more attention to the waterproofing specifics when building the walls or the flooring as some kind of repair work due to such crevices or fissure can lead to huge expenses, which might be really unnecessary as it could have been avoided.
The gaps are filled in usually with sealants that are usually in liquid or hard paste form. First a primer must be applied and then the sealant is used on the primer in the same way that you would use paint. It should be applied horizontally starting from the left side to the right. The second coat of the sealant is then applied. This time it should be applied in a vertical direction from top to bottom. This is likely to fill up those small gaps that were missed out on which the coating was applied horizontally. It is important that the floor of the bathroom should be left to dry and hence it should not be used for a couple of days. This will not only dry up the floor and the sealant well, but also the gaps will be well filled with no space to allow water to seep in.
Therefore, when renovating a bathroom, or building a new one, one of the basic facts to be kept in mind is to consider the waterproofing first. Moreover, the design and décor of the bathroom that was so meticulously created need to be maintained intact and hence waterproofing is the first step to ensuring that the bathroom retains its décor and beauty, besides its safety; as wet floor can be unsafe for the bathroom and the user.