Bathrooms leaks occur when poor installation procedures commence or inferior or incorrect products are used. Integral bathroom renovations have been in the building industry for years and over this time we have developed the best possible options in order to construct a structurally tight and water proofed bathroom.
Leaks can occur from fixtures, tile and grout Installation and from general wear and tear. It’s extremely important that after each shower the recess and screen is wiped down with a squeegee, This will prolong the life span of your by 10 years. Water can be the evil of destruction if not dealt with in the correct manner.
Any wet area that has a deluge of water, ie the shower recess is the most common area in which damage is likely to occur.
The purpose of water proofing membrane is to prevent water from damaging the substructure in effectiveness the grout and tile glue making a loose tile apparently visible. However there are products on the market the once tile glue becomes in contact with water saturation will not occur therefore in my opinion making waterproofing rendered useless.
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Inuits shower bases and prefabricated shower bases are the 2 types of bases generally installed within a bathroom . Inuits shower bases should have appropriate bedding material beneath the tile alongside a substantial sub structure. If these measures are not installed with form, dimension and tightness, over time the sub floor could possibly move. It only takes 1 mm of movement to occur therefore creating a hairline fracture in the grout line. This non visible fracture will eventually open even further therefore creating damage to the substructure with water being the obvious culprit.
A prefabricated shower base has similar circumstances however prefabricated bases are obviously one piece therefore will last longer. The Bathroom plumbing P or S trap is another form of troublesome area if the drainage pipework isn’t aligned correctly during installation. I have known the rubber seals to last up to 30 years as long as the trap nuts are tightened by hand and finished off with foot prints or multi grips.
Water pipes in a shower recess can also cause damage.
Pipes under pressure that are leaking are generally diagnosed quite quickly. The main problem being the pipe work between the breech or flick mixer and the shower rose. This short length of pipe work should be pressure tested before villa board or aqua check plaster board is installed. Once water from pipe work begins to leak it will cause all sorts of damage to framework, sheeting, sub floor and screening working its way from the inside out. In this instance there is nothing water proofing membrane can counter act. Waterproofing membrane is only effective from the surface area in which water penetrates.
A vanity will generally only leak from plumbing pipe work weather it be the drainage system or the pressurized water pipe work. In all cases any 90% of vanity leaks should be visible and repaired with ease.
Toilet pans and cisterns are mechanical systems that when constantly used can cause wear and tear more quickly than any other fixture in the bathroom. Most leaks from a toilet can become visible quite quickly and washers and seals can be replaced quite easily. There are numerous pans suites on the market including some state of art designs and basic features. Back to wall pans are the only real problematic toilet suite as if the pan cone rubber or waste pipe rubber was to leak sometimes it is difficult to detect. If a pan suite was to leak it is unlikely that any structure damage would occur as water proofing membrane will generally prevent this.