We have discussed above about the most common types of shower waterproofing. There are many other types of shower waterproofing systems available. These include:
1) Waterproofing with plastic film (also known as “plastic” or “PVC”) – This type of shower waterproofing system uses a thin layer of plastic over the whole surface of the water tank and wall. The plastic film acts like a barrier between the tank and the outside world.
2) Waterproofing with foam (also known as “foam” or “PU”) – This type of shower waterproofing system uses a thick layer of foam over the whole surface of the water tank and wall. Foam acts like a barrier between the tank and the outside world.
3) Waterproofing with fabric (also known as “fabric” or “FAB” or “fiberglass”) – This type of shower waterproofing system uses a thin layer of fabric over the whole surface of the water tank and wall. Fabric acts like a barrier between the tank and the outside world.
4) Waterproofing with non-waterproof membrane (also known as “non-waterproof” or “NWRM”) – This type of shower waterproofing system does not use any kind of water-repellent material at all. It is suitable only for dry areas or for showers that are used very rarely (e.g.
5) Waterproofing with liquid membrane – This type of shower waterproofing system uses a special liquid applied over the whole surface of the water tank and wall. The liquid membrane acts like a barrier between the tank and the outside world.
When choosing a type of shower waterproofing, it is important to make a distinction between the “internal” and “external” waterproofing of the tank.
“Internal” waterproofing is similar to the “external” waterproofing, but with one important difference: while external waterproofing creates a barrier between the water tank and the outside world, internal waterproofing means that there is no barrier between the water tank and the inside of the shower room. This type of waterproofing is suitable for bathrooms and showers that are inside a protected and isolated room (e.g.
apartments, villas, houses).
“External” waterproofing is suitable for showers that are located outside and not isolated (e.g.
public swimming pools).
What is the best waterproofing for shower? The answer to this question is easy – it is a waterproofing system that meets all your requirements and needs. To find the right solution for you, you need to identify and analyze all important factors first.
Think carefully and choose wisely.
For professional installation of your waterproof solution, you can contact any local company that provides waterproofing services. You can also choose to do it yourself (DIY).
If you decide to do it yourself, you can find installation instructions in any good home maintenance manual or on the internet.
If you want a professional help, you can hire specialized companies that provide waterproofing services. Companies like these have experience and skills in providing top quality waterproofing at affordable prices.
You can contact them through their websites or through newspaper advertisements.
However, if you want to save money and have a lot of time to spare, you can choose to do it yourself (DIY).
That is why in this article we are going to explain how waterproofing your shower can be easy and fast. With the right tools and enough motivation, you can do it in a day.
Steps in DIY Waterproofing Your Shower
Step 1: The first thing you need to do is remove all the pipes underneath your shower. This may require you to purchase a pipe wrench and possibly an assistant to help you (if the pipes are too heavy).
Once all the pipes are removed, take note of their routing so that when you put them back you can place them in their original positions.
Step 2: Next you will have to get rid of the old sealant. This can usually be done by using a heat gun or even an ordinary hair dryer (if the sealant is not too thick).Put on some gloves to protect your hands when handling the sealant.
The idea here is to soften up the old sealant then scrap it off with a putty knife.
Once the old sealant has been scraped off, it’s time to clean up the area. Use warm water and soap to scrub the area then rinse clean with a hose
You can now apply a new bead of non-silicone based sealant around the edge of your shower. Silicone is not recommended since it softens when exposed to water and will deteriorate more quickly than a regular sealant.
Step 3: Now that your new sealant is in place, you can put back your pipes. Make sure that the pipes are firmly secured to prevent leaks.
Step 4: The final phase is making sure everything is waterproof. To do this, start by applying a bead of clear waterproof silicone around the perimeter of your shower.
This will prevent any water from getting in through the walls. Also apply a bead along each pipe joint.
The last thing to do is apply a layer of waterproof sealant (but not silicone) around the perimeter of your shower floor.
Step 5: Now that everything is in place and waterproof, you can start putting everything back.
Once everything is back in place, turn on the shower to check for any leaks. If there aren’t any leaks, congratulations!
You have successfully waterproofed your shower.
Remember, the most important thing when waterproofing your shower is patience and staying on top of the job. If you are in a rush, it won’t be done right or you might overlook something.
Now that your shower is waterproof, you can finally start enjoying it even more than before!
Watch this video for a more detailed tutorial:
So waterproofing your shower doesn’t have to be complicated and it can be done fast and easy. So what are you waiting for? Protect your bathroom from the dangers of having a leaky shower!
Sources & references used in this article:
- Device for connecting a waterproofing to a built-in shower drain and a waterproofing assembly (FJR PEREZ, FF GISBERT – US Patent App. 15/475,428, 2018 – Google Patents)
- Waterproofing rules: Part 1 (J Tyrell – Building Connection, 2014 – search.informit.com.au)
- Wall mounted shower drain (J Erlebach – US Patent 10,260,223, 2019 – Google Patents)
- Waterproofing wet areas: The two things to remember (A Golle – Building Connection, 2014 – search.informit.com.au)
- Measure Guideline: Water Management at Tub and Shower Assemblies (B Dickson – 2011 – osti.gov)