How to Perform Waterproofing Correctly

Home renovations can be an expensive project to undertake, and more homeowners are looking for ways to reduce costs while enjoying the benefits of updated kitchens, bathrooms, and other common areas in the household.  One of the most valuable returns on your investment can be to focus your renovation projects in the bathroom.  It’s one of the rooms that potential buyers will use to determine whether they want to buy or not.  An updated bathroom can give your home the boost it needs for either your own family’s enjoyment for years to come or to increase the likelihood of a quick sale should your house be on the market.

Home Waterproofing
Home Waterproofing

One of the ways that homeowners are renovating their bathrooms is by putting in an attractive tiled shower unit.  This will not only bring your shower into the 21st century, but can give your bathroom a facelift even if it’s the only renovation that you do in the room.  Our bathrooms are workhorses in the house and it pays to do the job right.  One of the reasons that homeowners sometimes stray from doing any work themselves in a bathroom or kitchen is because of the potential damage that can be done if the project isn’t done properly.  Leaks are a scary thing in a home and can ruin walls, floors, and ceilings.  If you take your time and do the project properly, you’ll realize that with care, you can do a great job and your project won’t result in disaster.

The first thing you’ll want to do before you either install your new shower unit or your tiles is to ensure that your wall has a proper waterproofing job.  You’ll need a roller or brush, a tray with a liner for easy cleanup, a can of good primer, a can of good quality waterproofing, reinforcing membrane, a box cutter or sharp scissors, a pair of gloves and some old clothes in case things get a little messy.  You’ll also want to have a measuring tape, a pencil and masking or painting tape available.

  • Measure and mark your walls according to where the shower unit or tiles will go. You can measure and mark corners with your pencil, then use the masking or painting tape to mark your outlines.  This just helps you to get a great visual about where you need your waterproofing material.
  • Once you’ve got your space marked, be sure that walls are clean and aren’t dusty or covered with debris. Just wipe them down with a damp cloth and allow the space to dry.
  • Once your walls are clean, apply a generous coat of your primer. You can either do one coat or let dry completely and apply two coats if your primer doesn’t have the coverage that you think it should.  Make sure that you allow each coat to dry completely before you apply another.
  • Measure and cut your reinforcing material to cover any difficult areas that will require separate sheets.
  • Pour your waterproofing agent into a paint tray, and then use your roller or brush to apply the waterproofing to the marked area of your walls. It’s ok to go outside the lines in any direction.
  • Before waterproofing dries, press your reinforcing membrane onto to wall, paying careful attention to smooth it out into each corner and where it meets the floor and ceiling.
  • Paint another coat of waterproofing on top of the membrane and ensure that everything has an even and smooth finish. If the membrane shows any wrinkles or buckles, you’ll want to smooth them out before the material dries
  • Paint or roll waterproofing agent onto the floor of your shower
  • Measure and apply the reinforcing membrane onto the bottom of your shower area
  • Paint or roll another coat of waterproofing agent on top of the reinforcing membrane, ensure that you smooth any wrinkles or buckles in the material

Home renovation Waterproofing
Home renovation Waterproofing

Once the waterproofing material has dried, you can start installing your shower unit or tiles with the comfort of knowing that you’ve done a proper job of prepping your walls.  This will avoid leaks issues and associated water damage.


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