Ann Boardman, Customer Services and Marketing Manager Saniflo UK, explains how it’s now possible to have a wetroom anywhere in the house you wish.
If you’re looking to install a wetroom in either a domestic or commercial setting, there are several major points to consider including location of the wetroom, ease of access, available space, style, budget, timescale and, of course, drainage.
There are more options to choose from than ever before, which can make the process seem daunting. But, no matter which type of wetroom you go for, each carries with it a varying degree of hassle, expense and upkeep, all of which must be considered.
For example, the super looking tadelakt look originating from Morocco requires a lot of heavy initial work as, although striking, it needs a lot of plastering and the plaster can only be applied to a waterproof substrate.
Then, on-going maintenance to ensure the tadelakt surface remains waterproof and clean and for this, often the entire area needs to be treated with a special soap every few months.
Shower enclosure styles can be pretty high maintenance too. The initial installation is a messy, often time consuming process which sometimes requires excavation of the floor and always requiring tiling and grouting.
Keeping a tiled shower area looking pristine is also a task in itself. The key here is the bigger the tile, the better. No homeowner wants to spend his or her time scrubbing grout or re-grouting to keep the bathroom looking good.
You can even have your domestic or commercial wetroom anywhere a water supply can reach but there’s no mains drainage using a series of Saniflo macerators and pumps, designed for unconventional situations including basements, lofts, garages and even under stairs cupboards.
In a loft conversion, for example, space is particularly limited for an en-suite wetroom in the rafters. You can hide a pump or macerator in the triangular loft space next to the room and this is enough to service a WC, wash basin and shower, giving you a more complete en-suite wetroom rather than just a WC and basin.
In areas where there is some underneath space, albeit limited, such as spaces that feature tiling or vinyl flooring or showers with super slim shower trays, the Saniflo Sanifloor fits the bill.
The pump features a high flow rate of 25l, so that it can be used with powerful ‘rain shower’ heads and has a dual action feature that sucks waste up from the gully and pumps waste water away up to 3m vertically and 30m horizontally.
The pump can be sited 300mm above the gully and carries a cable inside an air breather tube, which activates a sensor membrane when the waste water reaches a certain level.
The sensor connects to the Sanifloor pump via a jack plus for ease of installation and there is also a manual override button, enabling the user to pump away the water in the gully before dismantling the unit for cleaning.
The Sanifloor 1 has a waste for a wetroom floor with tiles and this is supplied with a blanket to make a seal under the gully to ensure complete watertightness. The Sanifloor 2 and 3 are designed to work with vinyl floor and shallow trays respectively.
So the next time you’re working on a wetroom, don’t be limited by drainage issues, and consider the solutions afforded by pumps and macerators offering unlimited deign possibilities.
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