What’s Involved in Converting a Bathroom to a Wet Room

You may have seen wet rooms in movies and on TV shows such as Cribs, and thought that these were only an option for rich people. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and a wet room is an easily achievable goal, which can work out to be surprisingly cost effective.

So, what is a wet room?

A wet room is a waterproof room, which usually has a walk in shower, as well as the usual toilet, sink etc. The floor in the room is sloped slightly, and there is a drain at the end of the slope, so that water can run off the shower. Any room in a house or apartment can easily be converted into a wet room.

The main advantages of having a wet room are:

• As well as being quite stylish, a wet room can in fact add value to your home.

• Wet rooms, by their very nature, are easier to clean than a regular bathroom as there is no shower tray etc. to clean.

• A wet room is a great alternative to a small bathroom as removing the bath tub creates a much bigger open space.

• Once installed properly, a wet room floor will actually be more protected than a regular bathroom floor would be.

Is a wet room easy to install?

Strictly speaking, the answer is yes. Having said this, installing a wet room is most definitely a job for the professionals. A skilled and experienced bathroom designer will come to your home and inspect the bathroom that you wish to convert into a wet room. Once they feel satisfied that the job can be completed, ye will both formalise a plan of action that will customise your wet room exactly the way you want it.

What exactly will the plumber do?

As mentioned above, converting a bathroom into a wet room is truly a job for the professionals. Once you and your bathroom designer have put a plan of action in place, there are two specific areas that your plumber will pay special attention to:

• Water drainage
Water drainage is an extremely important step in the conversion process. To allow for effective water drainage, a gradient must be fitted along the floor in order to channel the shower water into a drain. Your plumber will most likely explain to you that there are various methods that can be used when creating the all-important gradient; the most common choice involves installing a sub-floor made from plywood and then tiling it over.

• Waterproofing
Your plumber will take all of the necessary actions to ensure that the entire area is tanked (waterproofed). Waterproofing a wet room involves priming three specific areas; the floor, the lower section of the walls and the entire wall area around the shower. Once these areas have been primed, a syrupy membrane is then applied and left over time until it sets (the tiling process cannot be started until this happens).

Deciding to convert your bathroom into a wet room can be an exciting task to undertake as nothing is impossible when it comes to its creation and design. The benefits of using the services of a professional plumber are immeasurable. Improper installation may result in future damages and leaks that may end up costing you a lot of money to repair. As the famous saying goes, ‘it’s always better to be safe than sorry!’- And this is truly the case when it comes to converting a bathroom into a wet room.