When it comes to creating a walk-in shower or wetroom, Bond It’s focus on helping the trade to work smarter delivers major time and hassle saving benefits. Kirstie Cooper, Marketing Manager, at the business explains more.
With many building projects, the basics aren’t just ‘basic’. They’re essential. Overlook these fundamental elements or get them wrong and you can be sure that you’ll have to revisit them at some point to put things right.
This is especially true with walk-in showers and wet rooms. These additions to our homes are becoming increasingly popular for a whole host of different reasons. They feel luxurious and look stylish and sleek. They’re also ideal where space is at a premium. And they can be especially convenient for those with restricted mobility due to them being level with the floor, offering greater ease of access.
When creating a wet room, it’s all too tempting to become preoccupied with the more glamorous aspects like the fittings and accessories. Tanking may seem like a less inspiring functional necessity but underestimate its importance at your peril.
At best, unwanted leaks from a poorly tanked wet room or walk-in shower can result in unpleasant odours and ugly marks on walls, floors and ceilings. In more severe cases, the resultant damp and flooding can present serious health risks and even undermine the structural integrity of a property.
To help the trade tank wet rooms with exceptional speed and efficiency as well as with maximum peace of mind, Bond It has the perfect solution – our high performance tanking slurry.
A much easier to apply alternative than other waterproofing solutions such as membranes, Bond It tanking slurry consists of a cementitious powder fortified with polymers and aggregates.
This powder needs to be mixed with water until it has a silky, batter-like consistency. The resultant slurry can then be applied to walls or floors with a masonry brush or trowel. The slurry penetrates the porous passageways of the stone or brick before drying to create a barrier that is impermeable to water.
Under normal circumstances, no priming is required with Bond It tanking slurry. Instead, walls simply need stripping back to the original masonry. This means removing any plaster or render along with any previous coatings such as bitumen or paint.
Any loose mortar joints should also be raked out and replaced, and any other loose material removed so that sure the walls are dust-free.
Once applied, Bond It tanking slurry is fully effective after just two coats.
One solution. Numerous uses.
On top of its impressive ease of application, the product offers the added benefit of exceptional versatility. Whilst tanking slurries are commonly associated with basements, cellars, sunken garages and other rooms below ground level, this solution can also be used as a DPC in walls and floors above ground, such as those within a wet room prior to tiling.
In addition, it can form an effective waterproofing barrier when used on stone, masonry, brick, and concrete. This makes it ideal for a wide array of buildings – from modern homes to older properties and even commercial buildings.
When using any tanking slurry, it’s also important to repair any cracks or holes in the wall or floor as these can be potential inlets for water. Bond It can answer the needs of the trade in this area too with our Plug It rapid setting cement. As its name suggests, this product cures in under two minutes to create a watertight barrier.
Bond It tanking slurry enjoys full WRAS (Water Regulations Approval Scheme) approval and is supplied in 25Kg sack. It is also resistant to positive and negative water pressure up to 7 bar. Bond It Plug It rapid setting cement meanwhile is available in a 5Kg tub.
For further information on Bond It tanking slurry visit Tanking Slurry A cementitious waterproof coating designed for use below and above ground for cellars, retaining walls, and tanks. (bond-it.co.uk).
If you would like more details on Bond It Plug It rapid setting cement visit Plug It A cement based rapid setting compound for plugging running water leaks and overcoating joints, prior to the application of Bond It Tanking Slurry. (bond-it.co.uk).