The bathroom is often a wet space where water tends to come in contact with many different surfaces. However, failure to control water within the bathroom can lead to extensive damage to walls, floors, and other areas. This is because water can accumulate in interior surfaces and lead to corrosion and the growth of mould.

Bathroom waterproofing through a place like Westside Sealants Pty Ltd is the answer to making your bathroom last longer and remain neat and sanitary. With a waterproofed bathroom, you can successfully eliminate moisture build-up and get rid of leaks. 

What does bathroom waterproofing involve?

Bathroom waterproofing involves adding a moisture barrier or a waterproof layer between the top surface of the finished wall and the underlying surfaces. This waterproof barrier prevents water that slips under the floors or walls from penetrating deep within the underlying areas.

Waterproofing walls

Bathroom walls are notorious for harboring mould, rot and mildew. This is because water can penetrate the walls due to showers, bathtubs, and sinks. Properly waterproofing involves sealing the walls directly behind these vulnerable spaces.

Sealing can be done using a primer and waterproofing agent, or installing a waterproof sublayer that prevents moisture build-up. The waterproof layer should be installed before the top finishing is carried out.

Waterproofing floors

A waterproofed bathroom is not complete without applying a waterproof layer to the floors. The process begins with cleaning the floor to remove any dust and dirt particles. These can compromise the effectiveness of the waterproofing material. A layer of primer can then be added across the floor and along the walls up to a height of about 20cm.

In addition, gaps between the floor and walls are notorious for causing water problems. Silicone is typically applied to fill in these gaps, after which it is allowed to dry for 24 hours. The waterproofing agent and waterproof membrane can now be applied on the top surface. These layers are allowed to dry for a 24-hour period.

Benefits of bathroom Waterproofing

Prevents leaking

Leaking can be the most costly problem for your bathroom. If water finds a way into your subfloor, it can penetrate deep into the surface and cause extensive damage. Bathroom waterproofing ensures that leaks are prevented and water remains in top layers of the floor.

Prevents the growth of mould

Mould accumulates as a result of water dripping into plaster, brick, or plywood present in the subfloor. Mould is a health hazard to the occupants of the home, and it can cause long-term respiratory complications. Waterproofing helps prevent moisture build-up and mould growth.