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Waterproofing Penetrations within a Shower Enclosure

During the construction of a wet area, in particular a shower enclosure, multiple penetrations through the wall sheeting used will occur.  Typically, these penetrations are for the mechanical fixings used to hold the sheeting into position prior to waterproofing, but also for services such as hot/cold tap fixtures and a water outlet or shower rose fixture.  The New Zealand Building Code for internal wet areas identifies that these penetrations must be waterproofed with either a proprietary flange system or sealant.

It seems logical that penetrations in a shower area should be appropriately sealed, however this is not an item that should be taken lightly.  With unsealed penetrations it can be quite easy for large amounts of water to escape and reticulate into the wall cavity behind the shower.  Plumbing and tiling issues can allow for water to reticulate in behind the tiled walls and cause significant damage.  Damage may be identified quickly if a leak is fast flowing, or even worse if it is a slow leak, it can cause structural timber to rot and weaken.

By ensuring that all penetrations are sealed appropriately, you are ensuring that the highest risk area within a wet area is protected, and ultimately will maintain its performance for a long period of time.  If the combination of services that are required to bring together a completed wet area are co-ordinated appropriately by the team of contractors, this issue will most likely be prevented.

For any other advice of a technical nature, Wet-seal’s highly experienced technical expert, Robert Rath, will be happy to take your call.  Robert can be contacted on 0800 436 000 or via email rrath@wet-seal.ws

Alternatively, please speak with your local Franchisee directly.  Details of how to contact your local Franchisee can be found at Find A Franchisee

Waterproofing Penetrations within a Shower Enclosure

During the construction of a wet area, in particular a shower enclosure, multiple penetrations through the wall sheeting used will occur.  Typically, these penetrations are for the mechanical fixings used to hold the sheeting into position prior to waterproofing, but also for services such as hot/cold tap fixtures and a water outlet or shower rose fixture.  The Australian Standard for internal wet areas (AS 3740-2010) identifies that these penetrations must be waterproofed with either a proprietary flange system or sealant.

It seems logical that penetrations in a shower area should be appropriately sealed, however this is not an item that should be taken lightly.  With unsealed penetrations it can be quite easy for large amounts of water to escape and reticulate into the wall cavity behind the shower.  Plumbing and tiling issues can allow for water to reticulate in behind the tiled walls and cause significant damage.  Damage may be identified quickly if a leak is fast flowing, or even worse if it is a slow leak, it can cause structural timber to rot and weaken.

By ensuring that all penetrations are sealed appropriately, you are ensuring that the highest risk area within a wet area is protected, and ultimately will maintain its performance for a long period of time.  If the combination of services that are required to bring together a completed wet area are co-ordinated appropriately by the team of contractors, this issue will most likely be prevented.

For any other advice of a technical nature, Wet-seal’s highly experienced technical expert, Robert Rath, will be happy to take your call.  Robert can be contacted on 0413 008 303 or via email rrath@wet-seal.ws

Alternatively, please speak with your local Franchisee directly.  Details of how to contact your local Franchisee can be found at Find A Franchisee

Wet-seal Bayside South Appears on Channel 9’s Hit TV Series – The Block

Wet-seal were delighted to be involved in Channel Nine’s popular renovation series The Block, when Paul Rohan (Bayside South Franchisee) was asked to completely waterproof a bathroom.  Paul and his applicator Mark Prendergast did a brilliant job of showcasing Wet-seal’s products and services across 3 episodes of The Block.  Thanks to Paul & Mark’s efforts, Wet-seal appeared in Episode 2 which aired on 31st July, Episode 3 which aired on 1st August and in Episode 4 which aired on 2nd August.

Paul and Mark completed the waterproofing of all wet areas (bathrooms, ensuites, powder rooms and laundries) in 3 of the 5 houses on The Block and did a very professional job.  Paul said he was approached by Clinton & Hannah’s Builder (House 2) to complete the waterproofing and then was asked by Ronnie and Georgia (House 3) and then Sticks and Wombat (House 4) to do the waterproofing, which he readily accepted as he realised the exposure it would give his Franchise and Wet-seal.  He said he spent time on and off site for 3-4 days on the set of The Block.  Paul said the credit for the waterproofing being perfect all goes to his gun applicator Mark and says Mark always does an outstanding job of the application of Wet-seal’s products.

Paul said he and Mark were stoked one day on set when, as they walked past Keith Schleiger (The Block’s Foreman and Blockinator), he high fived both Paul and Mark and said best waterproofing ever – that sure is some great credit to be given – well done Paul and Mark!

If you missed seeing Wet-seal on The Block, click on the link below:

https://www.9now.com.au/the-block/season-13/episode-3

Wet-seal on The Block