Renovation of bathroom completes only when one has waterproofed it. After all, nobody wants water to seep through the floor and cause a stink or in some cases even worse like molding and algae accumulation and what not! Though in most cases it is advised to seek professional help when waterproofing one’s bathroom, however, if you want to work on a budget and do the waterproofing all by yourself, then read on!
Users can make sure that the slopes in their bathroom are directed towards the drain for smooth passage of water and then begin the waterproofing. However, first, the users must purchase a waterproofing kit like a Dr. Fix it or anything similar. The next step should be to make a mental note of all the probable leakage spots in your bathroom, after these steps shall begin the process of waterproofing.
A traditional waterproofing kit shall contain – Gloves, brush, tanking membrane, waterproofing primer (acrylic base), a tube of silicon sealer, and a roll of edging tape.
Dry clean the bathroom of all dust & grime and do include the walls as well so as to reach 0 moisture level everywhere in the bathroom. Moisture existence will cause the whole waterproofing project to tank.
Put on some gloves and apply the silicon sealer found in the waterproofing kit to all the internal corners of the bathroom. You may use your fingers to botch it out carefully.
Follow the silicon sealer with a big dollop of the tanking membrane over it using a paintbrush to make a patch of at least 200mm approximately.
The edging tape should be then applied length and breadth over the corners and then smoothed out into the wet tanking membrane, overlapping at least 150mm approximately.
A second coat of the tanking membrane can then be applied all around the bathroom fixtures like taps, clog drains, and other similar water penetrating faucets like the shower etc.
The acrylic primer should then go next and that too all over the bathroom surface inclusive of walls, floors and around the doors or exhaust too!
Before proceeding further in the process, the waterproofing done till now should be allowed to dry for at least 24 to 48 hours.
Further precautions like waterproofing the ceiling and full walls can also be done using waterproof paint so as to ensure 0 moisture accumulation.
Installation of an exhaust, mini fan or vent too can assure nil steam formation within the bathroom which shall seep into the walls, lead to algae formation and spoil the whole look & feel of the room.
Waterproofing is must for every household and should be done with most consideration. The slope of the bathroom floor as said before plays an important role in the success of the waterproofing and thus, should not be ignored at any cost.
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