Why You Need To Waterproof Your Washroom

Why You Need To Waterproof Your Washroom

Have you thought of waterproofing your bathroom? If not, then you should! Wet areas like the shower niche are among the frequent problems of homeowners to their building managers.  

Bathrooms are frequently exposed to moisture, failure to waterproof it could lead to major problems.  Natural movement happens to bathroom construction materials.  Since the materials are made of clay and tiles, they could increase in size, affecting the grouts and causing the tiles to shift. Other wet areas like the kitchen and laundry area should also receive waterproofing finishes. Aside from the finishes, they should also have an adequate drainage system to ensure that the water is disposed of.  Free and standing water could penetrate into the structure. 

A bathroom would also rapidly change its temperature, hot and cold showers could play on the temperature within minutes. This could also trigger contraction and expansion in tiles.  If the waterproof membrane cannot adapt to the changing sizes and movement of the tiles, it could snap. One way to check if your tiles have shifted or movement is by drumming or rapping your tiles. If they are making a hollow sound then it is possible that the waterproofing membrane is no longer attached to the tiles.  

A waterproofing membrane should be applied between the wall and the tiles.  The membrane should be elastic enough so that it could accommodate the tiles movements.  The membrane should be a bond between the wall and the tiles.  If not, then the moisture could seep through the grout behind the tiling.  It should also be highly resistant to water and vapor.  To resist water and moisture, there are water-resistant drywalls that could be applied.  Also there are drywall products manufactured specifically for bathroom use.  There are also water-resistant plasters that could be applied. 

Waterproofing the surface of the bathroom could be very simple, just like painting using a roller or a brush.  Before applying the material, make sure that the surface where it would be applied is clean of debris and other loose materials. Then you could start painting the waterproof product. This is why even small works require some sort of quality management and efficiency. With traditional project management you tend to spend a lot of time on unnecessary activities instead of using that time on the aspects that need your attention. This is why Yovza allows builders a simple solution, the platform them to plan every aspect of a construction project and also allows them to complete the task in hand with utmost precision, saving both time and money.

Ventilation is also an integral part of waterproofing.  Moisture and water vapors could leave the bathroom and would not build-up.  A ventilation fan could be placed in the bathroom. The size of the ventilation fan should be equivalent or relevant to the size of the bathroom that needs ventilating.  A ventilation fan would require some changes or fixes on the air ducts.