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Adding a luxury wet room is a considerable investment. A well-planned design, quality drain and professional installation will ensure a beautiful result that delights your clients. But it’s also important to understand the risks involved with compromising on quality to reduce cost.
When wet rooms go wrong, gaining access to the source of the problem means the tiles and shower area must come up. Fixing the problem is expensive, inconvenient and highly disappointing for your customers. Fortunately, almost all wet room nightmares can be avoided by understanding the causes of common wet room problems.
The majority of wet room problems arise as a result of ill-considered drainage and poor preparation. Almost all drainage problems lead to leaks – causing damage to decoration, loose tiles, damp problems and unpleasant odours. If undetected, or ignored for long periods, leaks can also cause extensive structural damage.
Wet room design trends favour the sleek hotel chic look provided by invisible drains. This style relies on sourcing the right type of drain to cope with the volume of water produced. Too low a drainage capacity and the shower area will flood. If water reaches beyond the tanked area the wet room will leak. Always check that the drain can cope with the volume of water produced by the shower head and that it has internal drainage slopes built in to ensure every last drop of water drains away.
Drains positioned below the feet of the user are uncomfortable and impede the flow of water to the drainage channels, causing water to back up. Wall mounted or corner drains remove this problem. A high capacity linear design with smooth edges can be used when the drain can only be positioned in a central location. It’s imperative to use a drain that strong and that will not buckle under weight.
Failure to calculate enough floor depth for both the drain and the waste fall drainage pipes can prevent the water from draining effectively. If the waste fall is too shallow, water cannot flow to the soil stack, leading to flooding. Where space is limited, a low-profile drain can be used to provide additional depth. Wet room Materials have a full range of low profile solutions from only 59mm deep.
A poorly constructed floor slope can cause water to run in the wrong direction, instead of gently sloping towards the drain. Too great a slope increases the risk of slipping and too low a slope creates insufficient drainage. A wet room that doesn’t drain properly is cold, damp, impractical for use, and frustrating to clean. Floor slopes should contain an even gradient of 1.5% to 2% towards the drain area. This can be achieved through specialist installation using a professional wet room kit.
Choosing a cheap drain system can be a costly mistake. High-quality solutions are manufactured to ensure seals and drainage components meet rigorous standards. A quality drain will be designed with an anti-odour barrier to prevent drain smells rising. Seek drains that include a removable trap, providing easy access for cleaning and removal of hair blockages. These simple features can make all the difference when keeping your wet room fresh.
Cheaper drain grates may look good initially, but low-quality materials can discolour and deteriorate, spoiling your high-end look. Choose designs with a high spec finish supported by a quality guarantee to avoid disappointment.
There is a simple solution to every wet room drainage problem. Choosing a quality product, installed to professional standards removes the risk of wet room nightmares and turns exciting wet room concepts into beautiful and practical realities. To further help the drainage issues you have you could consider secondary drains to reduce the stress on your drain.
The Architect’s Wet Room Design Guide provides in-depth information regarding the extensive choice of drain designs available and guidance on how to choose the right drainage solution for every client’s requirements. Download your free copy today for advice covering all the practical considerations involved in designing and installing a wet room.
What Is The Unislope Wet Room System?
1st November 2017
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.