Does the thought of walking on damp carpet, seeing a watermark on the ceiling, or finding mould in the bathroom fill you with dread? Do you want to avoid paying thousands of dollars in home repairs caused by water damage?
A poorly waterproofed bathroom can decrease the value of your property and standard of living in many ways. Not only can water damage cost you thousands of dollars in repairs, but also put the health of your family at risk.
If you’re asking yourself, “Why should I waterproof my shower?” Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons why.
Moisture Attracts Termites
Termites rely on copious amounts of timber and water to survive.
By introducing moisture into the substructure of the home, you create a perfect habit for termites to live and breed. These sections of the home are poorly ventilated and not designed to house water. This means the timber structures will rot and decay – making it an appetising source of energy for termites.
Concealed places are also preferred by termites. Therefore, finding them becomes harder and more expensive to treat the infestation.
Health and Safety
Did you know it only takes 24-48 hours for mould to start growing in damp conditions?
If a section of your home is poorly ventilated and exposed to moisture, you’re encouraging the growth of mould, mildew and bacteria. By letting this growth occur, you could be exposing your family to health hazards.
While not everyone is prone to the effects of mould, many people can suffer from:
- Respiratory problems such as coughing, wheezing and trouble with breathing
- Irritated throat
- Sneezing and coughing fits
- Nasal or sinus congestion
If you’re still wondering, “Why should I waterproof my shower?” Doing so could save you from a medical emergency.
Moisture can cause serious damage to your home.
From cracked floorboards to peeling paint, plasterboard decay, rotting or warped timber structures – fixing this damage can cost you thousands of dollars.
If a timber structure or wood product is exposed to water in a poorly ventilated place, the wood will rot and become decayed. This increases the chance of a support structure failing and causing extensive damage to the home.
No Insurance Coverage
“If my home is damaged by water, my insurance will cover it… right?”
While each home insurance coverage is unique, many insurance providers clearly state that, unless you’re taking the necessary precautions to waterproof your home, you may be liable for the damage.
If you want to avoid paying a costly repair bill, waterproofing your shower is one of the best ways to keep your property investment safe.
Have Any Questions?
Want more information on why you should waterproof your shower? Call 1300 519 133 for advice from a professional leaking shower expert.