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  • To waterproof or not in bathroom for an enclosed Acrylic shower ?

    So i am adding a shower plus toilet to an existing laundry in a concrete basement. Waterproofing is not a requirement of the consent as its an enclosed plastic shower.
    However would it be "sensible" to do so even if not required?
    Or would it be a waste of money ?

  • #2
    waste of money

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jimO View Post
      waste of money
      I second that...

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      • #4
        on concrete floor ? Yes a waste but on timber in a rental then prudent even though not mandatory.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by John the builder View Post
          on concrete floor ? Yes a waste but on timber in a rental then prudent even though not mandatory.
          you may as well fit a floor drain as well because eventually if there is enough water it will go out the door

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mrsaneperson View Post
            So i am adding a shower plus toilet to an existing laundry in a concrete basement. Waterproofing is not a requirement of the consent as its an enclosed plastic shower.
            However would it be "sensible" to do so even if not required?
            Or would it be a waste of money ?
            1. Moisture Protection: Concrete is porous and can absorb moisture, which can lead to mold and mildew growth. Waterproofing the area will help prevent water from seeping into the concrete, protecting the structural integrity and reducing the risk of moisture-related issues.
            2. Longevity and Maintenance: Waterproofing can extend the lifespan of your basement by preventing water damage to the concrete and other materials in the space. It can also reduce the need for costly repairs and maintenance in the future.
            3. Health and Comfort: Moisture and mold in a basement can contribute to poor indoor air quality and potential health problems. Waterproofing can help create a healthier and more comfortable living environment.
            4. Resale Value: If you plan to sell your property in the future, having a waterproofed basement can be an attractive feature for potential buyers. It adds value to the property and gives buyers peace of mind knowing that the basement is protected against water damage.
            5. Insurance Considerations: Some insurance policies may have limitations or exclusions for water damage, especially if it's not caused by a sudden and accidental event. Waterproofing can help mitigate potential water-related insurance claims.
            6. Preventing Future Costs: Waterproofing now can save you from dealing with water-related issues in the future, which can be expensive to fix.

            While adding waterproofing may incur additional upfront costs, it can offer long-term benefits and peace of mind. Consider consulting with a professional contractor or waterproofing expert to assess the specific needs of your basement and get a better idea of the cost and potential benefits. They can provide recommendations based on your situation and budget.

            In the end, the decision to add waterproofing should be based on your specific circumstances, budget, and long-term plans for the property. Even if not required by the consent, waterproofing can be a wise investment for protecting your home and ensuring a more enjoyable living space.​

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