Almost every activity we perform in the bathroom every day requires the use of water. Here are some tips on how to protect your bathroom Walls, floors, furniture and accessories from the harmful effects of moisture.
Seal Under The Tiles
Fortunately, there are many materials and solutions available on the market that help effectively protect floors and walls from moisture. Tanking System is a waterproof membrane system designed to protect tiled areas in wet rooms, showers, bathrooms, and kitchen areas. A tanking system will inhibit the passage of moisture from within the tiled area into the substrates such as plaster, tile backer boards, timber, suspended floors, concrete floors and plywood overlays, which are used before laying the tiles. Properly used, it will effectively prevent the penetration of water into the walls.
Seal your Bathing Area
Use a flexible rubber seal that will set a permanent waterproof seal between the item being installed and the installation environment. Since the rubber is flexible, it will maintain a watertight seal whilst allowing for a certain amount of movement that is inevitable, particularly with new builds.
Although one broken pipe can cause dramatic damage, the practically unnoticed water vapour deposited on the walls and bathroom furnishing every day can also be destructive. The best protection against it is sufficient ventilation. Due to inefficient gravitational ventilation in buildings, dampness occurs, not only in bathrooms but even in entire apartments and houses! A simple and relatively effective way to improve the efficiency of ventilation is to install forced ventilation – that is, suitable electric extractor fans.
The extractor fan allows drier, fresh air to circulate through the room. Extractor fans can also be used in kitchens and utility rooms to extract pollutants and moisture. They are must-haves in many bathrooms and wet rooms because these are the rooms that tend to create the most moisture in the average home.
N.B. All electrical work must be carried out by a qualified electrician.