It’s worth considering the benefits of tanking your bathroom, which involves waterproofing walls and floors to ensure that you won’t suffer leaks.

Tanking is usually carried out as part of a plan to convert your bathroom into a wet room with a walk in shower, but can also be undertaken if you’re concerned about leaks.

By tanking your bathroom, you can potentially save significant amounts of money against future problems with damp and leaks.

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Tanking Methods

Tanking a room requires extra layers of sealant and protective materials being put down to prevent leaks; this can take a number of forms, but commonly involves applying a membrane made from a liquid base, as well as the use of bitumen treatments. Sealant is placed as a waterproof layer over tiles and into the cracks between them and other parts of a wall and floor – fast drying solutions can then be combined with sealing tape and underfloor boards.

Depending on the size of your bathroom, you can use a range of different tanking methods to ensure that all wall and floor space is properly sealed off, and that showers are particularly treated to remove the danger of leaks. Fibre boards can also be used, as can sealant in cracks and bonding joints, with the effect of completely sealing water into a room.

Potential Savings Through Tanking

Money can be consequently saved from tanking in a number of ways. Primarily, waterproofing your bathroom will significantly reduce the risk of leaks and water damage, which when left untreated can spread to form damp around your property. The average cost of fixing damp in even one wall of an average terraced house is about £200, while multiple internal wall damage repairs can cost £1,500; when spread to an entire house, damp repairs can be as much as £15,000, if not more.

A DIY tanking kit can cost less than £100, although it is generally better to hire specialist plasterers and renovators to work on your bathroom; this can then be combined with broader changes to your bathroom that can save money, with options including a walk in shower and drain – energy savings can be made through better insulation of walls, while the fitting of underfloor heating with waterproof sealed flooring can gradually heat floors without using as much electricity or gas as central heating.

The long term benefits of tanking your bathroom can, then, be quite significant if you consider how preventing leaks and damp will affect the durability of your property, and on its future resale value. The average cost of repairing a water leak can be £1,347, meaning that an initial investment in waterproofing can reduce your risk of paying out large sums on future problems – this can also help you towards getting a better quote on your buildings and home insurance. In this way, tanking could generate major savings over time for your bathroom and property.