Two tips to keep in mind if you plan to have a wet room fitted in your home by a plumber
If you plan to have a wet room fitted in your home by a plumber and remodelling contractor, here are a few tips that you might find helpful.
Create as steep a gradient on the floor as you can without affecting the room's aesthetics
When discussing the flooring with your contractor, you should ask them to make the floor's gradient as steep as they can without negatively impacting the aesthetic of the wet room.
The reason for this is as follows; if the gradient of the floor is not sufficiently steep, the water that is generated when you or other people in your home use the shower will take a long time to drain off into the drainage waste.
This could lead to a whole host of problems. Firstly, it could make the wet room unpleasant and hazardous for the next person to use, as their feet will end up soaking wet and they may even end up slipping on the wet floor and injuring themselves. To prevent these things from happening, you may have to keep a mop and a bucket in the room and use these tools to soak up the water every time you take a shower.
Secondly, if the shower water that you have rinsed off yourself is left sitting on the floor of this room for a long period of time, all of the bacteria, soap scum and dead cells that it contains will make the floor unsanitary. This may then lead to you having to disinfect the room far more often than you would have if the floor featured a sufficiently steep gradient.
As such, it is crucial to ensure that your contractor makes the floor of the wet room as steep as they can.
Ask your plumber to fit a high-quality stainless steel floor waste
It is also important to ask your plumber to fit a high-quality floor waste made from stainless steel. The reason for this is as follows; if your wet room will be used almost every day, this component will be exposed to frequent temperature fluctuations, as well as a lot of moisture (in the form of both shower water run-off and humidity).
Stainless steel floor wastes are far better able to withstand these stressors without deteriorating than those made from other materials. As such, if your plumber fits a floor waste of this kind, you won't have to worry about it corroding or cracking (and then having to be replaced), even if the wet room is used regularly.