The 8 most baffling things about wet rooms

Wet rooms represent an alternative to conventional bathrooms. Rather than having a shower or bath enclosure, the room is opened out, with a single shower head and a sloped floor to let out water. The room is also waterproofed, or ‘tanked’ to prevent water from leaking out of the room. While these are the basics of a wet room, it’s also important to ask some questions about the more unusual and baffling parts of wet rooms. From where the water goes, to damp, average sizes, and differences from similar designs, it’s worth going through some of these questions in more detail.

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1 – Where Does the Water Go?
One of the recurring questions for wet rooms is where all the water actually goes. Essentially, a wet room is set up with a raised and sloped floor, which means that the water used simply runs away into a drain, and does not pool up. This form of drainage is more efficient than just having a standard drain in a shower, as water more easily runs down the sloped floors of a wet room.

2 – Won’t You Slip?
People have a perception of a wet room as being dangerous due to there being no enclosure for water. However, slip hazards are actually quite low, as most wet rooms come with handles and optional screens. Water also doesn’t tend to pool, and is usually running away rather than creating a significant slip hazard.

3 – Doesn’t Everything Get Wet?
Unfortunately, towels, toilet rolls, and other items can get wet if they are put too close to water. This problem can be solved, though, by fitting protective screens. Most people also have two bathrooms, one with the wet room, and one without, to prevent this problem.

4 – Will a Wet Room Cause Damp Problems?
A wet room will not cause problems with damp if it is properly ‘tanked,’ or waterproofed. Sealant is used to ensure that moisture and water does not escape into the structure of a building and cause damage to it.

5 – What is the Average Size Needed for a Wet Room?
While it’s difficult to pin down exactly what size is required for a wet room, somewhere between 800-1000mm of space is generally needed, or 1200mm-900mm. In most cases, you’ll be surprised by how much larger an average bathroom seems when the bath and shower enclosure units are removed.

6 – Will Underfloor Heating Still Work?
Yes, underfloor heating can still be used with a wet room. Underfloor heating systems are typically installed beneath tiles, and are kept waterproofed from the rest of a wet room set up.

7 – Will Wet Rooms Work in an Apartment?
Wet rooms can be installed in an apartment as long as there is enough space, and a plumbing system for draining away water.

8 – What is a Wet Area?
A wet area is a feature in a bathroom where a separate part of the room is waterproofed, for example in a shower. By comparison, a wet room is completely waterproofed.

About the Author:
Patrick Hegarty is a DIY enthusiast who enjoys working with his hands. He is currently sharing his experiences and knowledge of how to create and design a wet room.

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