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Expert Guide To Waterproof Your Bathroom - Budget Seal

Building defects are common in many structures in Australia and faulty waterproofing is among the most prevalent. Water leakages from bathrooms can cause a significant amount of damage, just as termites do. Here we will look at what is involved when you fix leaking bathroom and why bathroom areas need to have it. We will also understand why you must hire experts for this job. 

What Is Bathroom Waterproofing?

Waterproof materials do not allow water to permeate into the structure, making them different from water-resistant materials that only restrict moisture from getting into the walls. In the wet zones of your property, waterproofing a bathroom involves applying a specific type of membrane material to ensure that moisture doesn’t escape from the various wet areas to other areas of the home. 

Spaces that have sanitary appliances and fixtures are exposed to water directly, making them more moisture, condensation and humidity-prone. It is crucial to waterproof showers, baths, kitchen areas and laundries because they all have water outlets. The type of waterproofing and area to be covered determine waterproofing costs. Contact a skilled and licensed professional for a quote for the project so you have a good idea of the costs involved.

Regulations Surrounding Australian Waterproofing 

While the regulations differ from state to state, as a thumb rule, waterproofing applications need to be in line with Australian Standards and the BCA (Building Code of Australia). There are different types of waterproofing membrane products. Some are available in liquid form and the professionals use either a roller or brush to apply them. 

Certain products are available in the form of rubber sheets; these are rolled out & affixed on the walls. Liquid membranes are more widely used because the installation is easy and they are flexible enough to be applied on all types of walls. These membranes are available in classifications from Class 1 to Class3 (where 3 has the maximum stretch ability). 

Why Do You Need Waterproofing?

Water can cause significant damage to residential structures, especially if it has gone undetected for a longer period. If you do not waterproof wet areas or the workmanship is poor, water can slowly seep into other areas of your home, causing issues such as:

  • Rising damp
  • Mould and mildew 
  • Rotting and warping of structural timbers
  • Corrosion of plumbing 
  • Compromises electrics 
  • Concrete cancer 

When you waterproof wet areas, it:

  • Stops leakages
  • Prevents dampness and mould 
  • Provides insulation to the walls
  • Increases your property’s value 

It is essential that you hire a bathroom waterproofing specialist for the job. Skilled and experienced professionals have the training, knowledge and expertise to handle these jobs to industry standards. They will ensure that the waterproofing membrane used is compatible with the adhesive and substrate products and in line with the required standards. In addition, the curing times must be accurate too. 

In NSW, the waterproofing contractor is required to provide certification for these works. It’s vital that the waterproofing application be done right to ensure that you don’t have to deal with any severe long-term damage to your home’s structure. 

Contact Budget Seal today at 1300 907 104 if you want to know more on how we can provide waterproofing service. You may also visit our Contact Us page to write to us.


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