WATERPROOFING FOR A KITCHEN RENOVATION
Water escaping from a shower and from around a basin, sink or the like can remain unnoticed for long periods and cause serious damage.
Considering the risk of water damage, there are two types of areas:
• Those subject to frequent and heavy wetting, such as showers and open shower surrounds, and splash areas around baths and basins.
• Those subject to regular intermittent wetting, such as floors in bathrooms, kitchens and laundries and the walls behind baths, basins and tubs. Tiled entries also fall into this category when people enter the house during heavy rain.
Current building standard guidelines provide the requirements for timber and wood-based products for particular uses in building, calls up floor coverings to wet areas such as laundries, bathrooms, kitchens, shower rooms, ensuites and toilets are also covered in the guidelines.
The New Zealand Building Code clause E3 deals with Internal Moisture. Acceptable Solution E3/AS1 only refers to “water splash” not wet areas and there is no definition of water splash in the Building Code although it does have one for wet area, which includes bathrooms and the like including areas within a building supplied with a water supply i.e. kitchen.
• A dictionary definition of splash reads “to cause (liquid) to fall or (of liquid) to be scattered in drops.
PREVENTING DAMAGE FROM SPLASHING
So, for a kitchen area the building code requires impervious and easily cleaned finishes to floors and walls subject to water splash. This will prevent damage from splashing.
At Style Plus we will offer the option to use our waterproofing service during a kitchen renovation. Waterproofing behind the kitchen splash back, kitchen cabinetry floor area and behind the kitchen cabinetry would seem to be overkill. However, once completed, there is a piece of mind that this area has some protection from water.