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Secondary drainage is now being incorporated into designs more and more. Of course it’s primarily as a safeguard in case the main drainage system gets backed up for any reason, but secondary drainage performs another very useful function in the bathroom by acting as a barrier for unexpected water flow. Splash around too much in your bathtub and you need secondary drainage to carry the overflow away!
It is clear that secondary drainage delivers additional safeguards against a bathroom flooding but the additional cost may not be readily justifiable. An argument can be made that secondary drainage should form a standard component of new bathroom design as a matter of course unless specifically removed by the client.
The safety argument is easily made and is valid. Secondary drainage can also be incorporated into a type of sectional floor design, where an additional slope or slopes can carry some of the water away from the main area, as well as the primary slope and drainage design. Draining water quickly and efficiently is an important element of pleasurable showering. Good drainage with the correct floor gradient also makes mopping up faster and easier.
Linear drains in general allow for greater flexibility and the centre floor model, including a low profile option, means it can be placed anywhere you want. Wall mounted models tend to be incorporated as the primary shower drainage with secondary drains positioned strategically elsewhere within the bathroom.
The bespoke linear drain option gives the designer complete freedom to define the dimensions of a drain in any specific location in the bathroom or wet room. Use these units singly or in multiples to prove practically unlimited secondary drainage coverage.
Linear drains can be utilized to ensure water is only present in the areas it is designed to be. This is significant in wet rooms where freedom of movement and water flow (within reason) is one of the attractions. Secondary drainage consisting of a linear drain across the entrance to the shower area will ensure that water does not escape into the main bathroom area. Or across the threshold of the wet room as a barrier to make sure other areas of the house aren’t exposed to water.
The demand for luxury wet rooms is growing, driven by consumer demand for hotel and spa-like pleasure within the bathroom. The senior citizen demographic finds easy justification for a new ground floor wet room. The new trend for secondary drainage is a natural step in the cycle of continuous improvement that keeps good design at the forefront of the market.
Explore the range of attractive and stylish drain options from Wet Room Materials. You may also download our free eBook The Architects Wet Room Design Guide for more in-depth information about the practical considerations of incorporating a wet room into your next project.
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14th August 2018
My client bought a range of Wet Room Unislope Systems from our local retailer, Bathworks. We struggled to find anyone to come to site and take responsibility for the waterproofing until we came across Wet Room Materials. They were willing to stand over their tanking system and more than helpful throughout all stages of the installation from site survey and room preparation to installation. A 10 Year no leak fully insured warranty gave me the confidence that we were dealing with a professional organisation. I would highly recommend these guys and will certainly be using them going forward.
Steven Quinlan | Director | Citius Limited
I have honestly found, Wet Room Materials to be an easy and reliable company to work with. Whether it be a one wet room residential project, apartment block or a gym; they ensure there are no installation problems and we don’t have to worry about leaks. They take care of the specification and advising us on correct build ups and preparation. On a recent project we were able to buy their Unislope System p from our bathroom show room retailer and they subsequently came to site to tank out the bathrooms. It was a time sensitive job and The Wet Room lads worked through the evening and into the weekend to ensure we completed the project on time. I have no hesitation in recommending Wet Room Materials. They are a pleasure to deal with.
Noel Geraghty | Director/Founder | NGS Mechanical Services
In Bright Designs, we understand the importance of specifying a reliable waterproofing system for bathrooms. We have worked on a number of projects with Wet Room Materials over the years and I can honestly say that their waterproofing installation service offers complete peace of mind for us and our clients. The Wet Room Materials Team are there throughout all stages of the project from site survey and specification to installation. More importantly they also give us a 10 year no leak guarantee. I also like the fact that they will handle communication with the client and contractors in terms of delivering a high-quality installation which allows me the head space to focus on other aspects of the build."
Alan Burns | Director/Co-founder | Bright Designs. B Arch, B Sc Arch, MRIAI.