Building waterproofing: healthy and sustainable living environment

High-quality building waterproofing in private bathrooms or (semi)-public sanitary equipment prevent water damage. For spray water, water vapour and discharged water can cause damage due to water penetration where there is a lack of waterproofing. The consequences: costly repair measures and at worst harm to health. The members of the Blue Responsibility initiative therefore recommend innovative product solutions with professional installation.

Components in bathrooms and (semi)-public sanitary equipment are subject to high levels of moisture. To avoid damage to the structure, high-quality waterproofing combined with professional installation is essential. For: water damage may arise as a result of a lack of waterproofing, which can lead to high repair costs and at worst health problems due to the formation of mould.


Sanitary solutions for safe waterproofing

Franke Aquarotter offers a waterproofing system in the form of a system box for (semi)-public sanitary equipment, which is installed behind the wall and sealed with a push-on adhesive flange. The sustainable product solution is compatible with a variety of Franke valves and therefore enables valves to be changed without costly building measures.

Furthermore, MEPA has developed an elastic bathtub/shower tray sealant strip specially for sealing bathtubs that expands crosswise and lengthways. “It is ideal for the corner areas of the bathroom due to its elasticity”, explains Veit Szpak from MEPA.

Geberit and Viega also recommend outlets with prefabricated sealing collars.. “A sealing film pre-installed in the factory makes secure waterproofing simpler”, says Volker Röttger of Geberit. “A special reinforcement of the product flange also anchors the outlet with the screed and thereby ensures greater safety”, says Dirk Thielker of Viega.


Professional installation using the right material

It is vital that installation is carried out by a specialist. All trades involved must also be coordinated with one another and high-quality approved waterproofing must be used. When installing drainage components inside the floor structure, care should be taken that the floor construction is penetrated. “The most important interface when installing shower channels is the embedding of the drainage equipment into the floor structure", emphasises Röttger. “The intersection between the outlet flange and the surrounding screed must be formed so that movements in the screed cannot lead to leaks.” Silicone is not suitable for sealing the intersections.

“The quality manufacturers of the Blue Responsibility initiative not only offer innovative product solutions for building waterproofing but also extensive expertise on professional installation“, says Wolfgang Burchard, spokesperson for the Blue Responsibility initiative. “Their compound seals thereby contribute to sustainability: they protect the building as well as the health of those inside.”



Source of foto: MEPA