Why You Need The Correct Tanking For Your Wet RoomPosted: August 18, 2012
Tanking is where you waterproof a room to ensure that it is suitable for a in-built shower. It usually means that the shower is not specifically contained within a bath or shower unit. The slanted floors act as a path to the drain which is usually found in a corner of the room. It is a highly fashionable home improvement option for bathrooms, with a walk in shower an ideal solution for your shower problems. These can vary from a lack of suitable space, to other problems that involve access for disabled users. To make a wet room work however, you need to make sure that the room has been correctly tanked to help the drainage systems work efficiently.
If you do not properly waterproof a wet room then leaks are more likely to happen and moisture can gather within the room, which isn’t a lot of fun to clean and could result in high maintenance costs. The room, if properly tinkered, will remove these problems and will work efficiently and to your liking. High quality materials are key to a good tanked wet room, this ensures that the flooring and walls are not going to easily leak any excess water.
At the start of the process, the tank protection needs proper tiles that are specifically designed for wet rooms. Sealants come in all shapes and forms, from silicone to rubber paint; which can also be useful for bridging joints. Comprehensive tanking kits can be purchased in a package which allows easier setup for beginners. The material also needs to be heat-proof to prevent any expanding due to a hot shower, but breathable enough to withstand a good amount of water vapour (preventing the room from turning into damp)
One of the key elements that is often overlooked when building a wet room is the walls. These need to be properly tanked by primer and applying this to dry surfaces and plaster boards will act as a waterproof seal. Silicone needs to be used again to help cover any awkward corners within the room; with any pipe inlets needing taped up. This can be done with a hole cut out of it to ensure that they do not leak outside. Adhesive then can be applied all over to help put the finishing touches on the waterproof.
Floors are typically the hardest to correctly tank, but they are done in a similar way to how you go about securing the walls and need a solid foundation. Tiles are conventionally applied with the intention to leave enough time to let the parts dry out before use. Sometimes this can last over a day, so it is highly important that you leave any test runs until the floors (and the walls) are properly dried. And make sure that the slope leads away from the door to prevent migration into the next room.