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M. A. Parkes


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Stourbridge Gas Engineer. Install, Service & Repair.


Why you should always use professionals

This post is to highlight that we should always use a trained, qualified and insured professional to do any job around our house. I know the cost of things can influence a decision but nothing can beat recommendation. We’re lucky enough to still run our business based on recommendation due to our large, loyal, customer base.

Unfortunately this customer had recently moved into a new house where everything looked great and the bathroom had only been in 12-18 months to be presented with quite a large problem.

What they weren’t told, was that when the shower was used, you could also shower whilst sat downstairs in the lounge watching TV.

Instead of ripping everything out and starting again – we proposed a more cost effective route for this customer. All things considered they had just spent a small fortune moving house! They were happy to keep the basin, toilet and shower, it made logical sense to only replace the floor. Half being a wet room and the other being normal.

As you can see from the photos, the tray had been put down onto the joists. In the world of plumbing, this is a BIG NO. All trays, whether solid resin or not should have a solid base. In fact, in the manufacturer instructions it is advised that trays are set onto a bed of Sand & Cement (Some may used Rapidset Flexible Floor Adhesive).

This tray had been set onto the joists, with no noggins between for additional support. Set level with the floor tiles to give what I can only assume to be a wet room feel without the wet room expense.

Then, the second big NO, from a tiling point of view is the fact the tiles had been dot and dabbed. To top this off they had been laid straight down onto the chipboard floor. No More Ply? Nope. WEDI Board? Nope! Tanking? Nope!

A disaster waiting to happen as soon as they left the door.

Using an AKW Tuff Form former I partitioned the floor in to two sections. Wet room area and normal. The remaining floor was overboarded using WEDI board and the areas tanked using Mapei Tanking Kit.

Mosaics are best in a wet room in my opinion, nothing too shiny and they naturally fall to the former gradient, allowing water to drain away as quickly as it can.

A matching light grey tile used on the remaining floor, before refitting the toilet and new shower screen. There was a slight leak on the shower once tested, however this was also resolved for the customer.

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