Showers and wet areas generally have a waterproofing membrane applied beneath the surface of the floor and/or wall tiles or the shower or laundry tub, to act as a barrier between the wet area and the inner walls and floor of your home. As tiles and grout are not impervious to water, and silicone joints are not always completely watertight, moisture can penetrate the tiles, grout, or joint lines, causing unseen damage.
If you have noticed that there is a leak in your shower or wet area, it is likely that the waterproofing membrane has failed or been damaged. There are several reasons that this may occur, including:
Sometimes it is possible to have the waterproofing repaired. There are many companies that offer waterproofing repair services, which may be effective in repairing damaged waterproofing or renewing the waterproof membrane.
Many waterproofing repair services involve removing the grout, injecting a liquid sealant underneath the tiles, and then using an epoxy to replace grout or re-grouting then applying a sealant over the grout and tiles.
Other waterproofing repair methods simply involve the application of a waterproofing membrane over the top of existing tiles. These repairs are often marketed as a hassle-free, less expensive means of repairing waterproofing and rejuvenating the shower or wet area.
While it is true that these methods may be effective in some instances and are often cheaper than repairs that involve removing and replacing tiles, they do not allow for the repair of damage to flooring and walls underneath tiled areas or tubs, nor do they offer a permanent solution.
To repair damage caused by water intrusion and permanently fix leaks in showers and wet areas, and to meet the Australian standard for installing waterproofing, it is necessary to remove the tiles, repair all the damage, reapply the waterproofing membrane and re-tile the area.
This often means that new tiles must be selected for the area being repaired, and it can be hard to find tiles that match any existing tiles that do not need to be removed and replaced. While it’s true that your leak problem will be fixed and any damage will be repaired, what you end up with is an old bathroom that has obviously been patched up, rather than a beautiful bathroom with a cohesive look. This is often why leaking showers and tubs prompt a full renovation.
When opting for a full renovation it pays to choose a reputable, experienced company that uses the best tradesmen in the business. Novocastrian Bathroom Solutions is headed by a fully licensed builder who has specialised in bathroom and laundry renovations for many year sand has decades of experience in the building industry. For waterproofing repairs that give you peace of mind, with advice you can rely on and a solid reputation forex pert craftsmanship and superior service, contact Shane from Novocastrian Bathroom Solutions