4 Signs You Should Waterproof Your Bathroom

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If your bathroom has never been waterproofed, then you can retrofit this protection. This is a particularly good move if the room starts to show signs that it has water problems.

How can you tell whether you should waterproof your bathroom?

1. You Have Wall Damage

If your bathroom isn't waterproofed, or if its waterproofing is very old and no longer works, then steam and humidity in the room can cause some problems with wall surfaces. If your walls regularly get damp or wet, then they can get damaged.

For example, if you have wallpaper on your walls, then it might start to peel off or crack. Paint might start to bubble up, blister, or crack. These are signs that your walls' surfaces can't cope with their exposure to water.

While surface damage might not seem so bad, regular water ingress can affect the integrity of a wall. It might crack.

2. You Have Ceiling Stains

If your bathroom doesn't have waterproofing, then moisture can cause some staining on your ceilings. In some cases, this is restricted to the bathroom's ceiling. You might see discoloured damp patches on it.

However, if your bathroom floor gets too damp and wet, then it might carry problems to the ceilings underneath it. So, the ceiling under the bathroom might start to show damp patches.

3. Your Floor Has Changed

If your bathroom floor gets too wet, then moisture can get under its surface and start to damage the floor and its sub-floor. Your floor might feel soft when you stand or walk on it rather than hard. Parts of it might feel spongy.

If enough water builds up on your floor, then you might also notice damp patches or even pools of water on the surface. These patches or pools are typically worse after you take a bath or shower.

4. You Have Mould or Mildew Growth

If your bathroom isn't waterproofed, then its excess moisture encourages bacterial growth. To start with, you might not see any signs of a problem; however, the room might smell musty and a bit stale. Later, you'll start to see black spots or patches as mould or mildew take hold.

Often, these growths are small to start with. You might notice the occasional spot on your windows or at the bottom of a wall. However, mould and mildew will soon spread. For example, spots on a wall can soon grow into larger patches that spread up it.

You can fix all these problems by waterproofing your bathroom. To find out more, contact waterproofing contractors and ask about their bathroom services.


20 July 2023

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