Common Bathroom Mistakes – Bathroom Germs and Bacteria

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By now, you’re probably on autopilot when it comes to your bathroom routine. But are your ingrained habits the cleanest ones? Take care to make sure you’re not making these icky missteps.

1. You don’t shut the toilet lid when you flush.
In a recent Scrubbing Bubbles survey, 60% of respondents indicated that they skip this important hygienic habit. And this is a big deal: If you leave the lid up when you flush, germy water particles (and, err, whatever else is in the toilet) can spray across the room — up to six feet away from the toilet. This fact was first discussed in a 1975 study completed by germ expert Dr. Charles Gerba, and has been proven time and again. He and his team found that bacteria can linger in the air long enough to settle in a filthy film all around the room — so make sure everyone in your household is onboard with a lid-down flushing protocol.

2. You store your toothbrush in the medicine cabinet.
You might think this a clever way to keep toilet bacteria from reaching your brush, but you could be trading one ill-advised move for another. Trapped in a cabinet or container, your brush may not be able to dry between uses, creating a welcome environment for bacteria. The American Dental Association recommends storing toothbrushes in an upright position, and not touching other brushes, to mitigate the risk of cross-contamination. And shut that toilet lid!

3. You leave your makeup and brushes out on the counter.
Anything you apply to your face should be kept out of the path of toilet germs, too. Plus, if you store your makeup in your bathroom, the room’s moisture can make it even more susceptible to bacteria growth. Keep beauty supplies out of grime’s way in drawers or boxes, and clean brushes and replace makeup as necessary.

4. You use your loofah for way too long.
Bacteria just loves breeding on these fluffy mesh shower staples, which are designed to hold-in soap and water to help you lather up. Toss them every three to four weeks.

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5. You let your towels dry on hooks.
Laundering your bath towels after every three uses is a good rule of thumb, but only if you hang them spread out to dry on a towel bar. If you hang them on hooks, moisture (and any excess soap that’s collected) can stay trapped between the folds, which could lead to mildew and bacteria growth.

6. You never run the fan.
If you haven’t already figured out, bathroom moisture can cause a host of yucky issues. So run the fan (or open a window) while you shower and for 15 to 20 minutes afterward.

7. You never clean the shower curtain.
The Scrubbing Bubbles survey also revealed that 42% of their respondents neglect this unassuming item. Feeling lazy about scrubbing residue away? Good news: You can often toss shower curtains in the washing machine. To keep mildew at bay

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5 Mistakes I Made While Renovating My Kitchen

This summer, I embarked on a soup-to-nuts kitchen renovation..for the first time in my life. I hand-drew a floor plan to scale, ripped out tile and hacked down cupboards, and product sourced everything from our custom cabinet makers (a friend of a friend) to our backsplash tile (a Wayfair score!). Am I obsessed with my tiny jewel of an apartment kitchen? Heck, yes. Did I make a boatload of beginner mistakes along the way? You betcha. I’m sharing them here so you can avoid them.

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Since the kitchen is all white and we chose durable, man-made quartz for the countertops, I wanted to bring in some more luxurious, natural texture via the backsplash. I found a gorgeous, long Calacatta marble subway tile which I thought would be the next best thing to a pricey, single-slab backsplash. The problem? Both the sample tile online and the first tile in the box were a pale, white marble with the subtle veining I’d been coveting. But the rest of the box was considerably darker with black veining. Lesson learned: Check the rest of the box—and read reviews more thoroughly (it had been flagged by an earlier purchaser).

Before we actually started purchasing appliances, I didn’t expect them to be too costly. For starters, everything was apartment-sized (24-inch fridge, 18-inch dishwasher, etc.)—and I had sifted through the internet for the best deals available. After sending my choices to my contractor—wouldn’t ya know?—he informed me that I needed special appliances. For example, since I wanted a fridge that was flush with my custom cabinetry, I had to buy a “built-in” fridge, which has different venting capabilities. It cost me literally nine (!) times as much as a regular one. Also, the over-the-range microwave I wanted actually wasn’t a possibility because we would have had to add ductwork through the walls to vent to the outdoors. If I had talked to him before I began the appliance search, I would have saved time and likely money too.

Early on in the reno, we noticed that the kitchen’s blonde parquet floors were a little bit wonky: In addition to the wear and tear, they looked ever-so-slightly uneven. Because a) I appreciate their charming, retro look and b) I didn’t want to sacrifice budget, I decided to leave them alone, despite warnings from my contractor that they could be problematic down the road. Spoiler: He was right and they proved to be a pain in the butt right away during construction. The floor was more warped than it looked—so cabinet construction became a bigger expense and headache with all of the leveling, securing and recutting pieces to size.

Rookie mistake: I assumed that all standard cabinet hardware was roughly the same scale. I ordered some classic satin pulls and set them out for my contractor. When I came home and saw them on the drawers, I realized they were definitely too big for the narrow width

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Mistakes to avoid when upgrading a kitchen: Don’t get sucked into tempting, one-function items

Your household may have grown during the coronavirus pandemic as adult children who lost their jobs returned home. At the same time, your wallet may have become thinner during the economic fallout caused by the global health crisis.

Combine those factors and it’s easy to see that a study by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) found that people want to improve their kitchen, especially with germ-avoiding, touchless technology, while adhering to a tight budget.

An overwhelming 99% of manufacturing, construction, design and retail businesses surveyed by the trade association said more consumers are requesting assistance with small-scale, DIY kitchen projects.

To reduce the risk of getting Covid-19, the survey found people want contact-less products with automatic sensors and antimicrobial surfaces as well as outdoor kitchens, where they can safely entertain while social distancing.

The pandemic also made people aware of the need to prepare for an emergency and store provisions. Improved water and air filtration systems are also part of the plan to hunker down safely at home.

“We’re breathing this air all day now and we’re wondering, ‘What’s in it?’” says Barbara Miller, design director for the Neil Kelly design and remodeling company.

In any size home, people are placing even more value on storage space and pantries to keep surplus food and water. It’s not easy to add cabinets, let alone counters, a sink and electrical outlets, to what’s considered the busiest and most complex room in any house.

Experts are available to advise you at all levels. A design consultation is free at Home Depot, either in the store or virtually. If you haven’t thought about upgrading a kitchen in a while, this is an easy way to be introduced to new materials and approaches.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association maintains a directory of 14,000 of its members. You can ask the policy on a complimentary meeting to discuss a potential project.

Home design and product experts with Neil Kelly will offer ideas and advice during a kitchen design and remodeling webinar starting online at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. Register at neilkelly.com/events.

For small jobs, TaskRabbit can connect you to people skilled to help with cleaning, furniture assembly and home repairs.

Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets, offers these five tips to not overspending in the kitchen:

  • Before even starting a remodel, take stock of your current space. Capture “before” pictures and think about the objective of your project.
  • Create a checklist with your priorities including storage and organization, appearance and layout.
  • Avoid unexpected expenses by setting a budget for individual items rather than just the total project.
  • Allocate an amount to spend on the big items like cabinets, countertops and labor, but don’t forget about the hardware, lighting and a percentage held for miscellaneous expenses.
  • Finally, before beginning, it’s important to talk to a design expert. Whether at a showroom or virtually. Discussing plans and designs with an experienced professional is crucial
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How to Avoid the 5 Worst Kitchen Design Mistakes

ALL-WHITE kitchens that look like operating theaters aren’t all that inspiring or even practical. But the overcooked alternatives—kitchens featuring grease-accumulating ceramic roosters or cabinetry festooned with grape-leaf swags—can seem depressingly cluttered. “It’s a place for creating meals, not Versailles,” said New York architect Kevin Lichten.

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Homeowners should view their kitchens first as machines for preparing food, he advised. “Then slowly add luxury to make it sensually appealing”—and ideally inject personality of the right kind. We asked design pros like Mr. Lichten to share their biggest kitchen-decorating pet peeves, from oversize islands to mixed-material counters, and to recommend chic, functional fixes.

HANG ‘EM HIGH In a kitchen in Oklahoma City, Okla., the upper cabinets continue to the ceiling, avoiding a common design error: a dust-collecting gap between the top of the millwork and the ceiling.



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Scattered Appliances

Countertop gear—coffee maker, toaster, blender, air fryer—might be essential to getting your three squares, conceded Los Angeles designer Amy Sklar, “but honestly, they don’t look so hot spread out over every usable surface.”

Instead Gather your gadget diaspora behind an accordion-doored “appliance garage” (think: a built-in bread box for your blender and such). This allows easy access to contraptions while hiding them. To ensure your juicer stays juiced, plan around an electrical outlet. Pullout drawers in lower cabinets, too, can be hidy-holes for lesser-used appliances.

Unintelligent Counters

Along with other dumb 1970s ideas like water beds, renounce tiled work surfaces. New York designer Alan Tanksley calls out their uneven surfaces and unsanitary grout lines. Even perfectly flat tiles installed tightly can pose a challenge, Mr. Tanksley noted. Any individual tile is more susceptible to chips and cracks than unified slabs of natural stone. That said, porous natural stone can add anxiety to food prep, too. One big stone no-no: mixing natural marble with engineered-quartz marble. “Two different but veined materials in the room force the eye to choose a favorite,” said Nashville designer Lori Paranjape, “and Mother Nature wins every time.”

Instead When Mary Maydan’s clients want a worry-free marbled look, the Palo Alto, Calif., architect recommends porcelain faux-marble slabs, which she says have “come a long way in recent years.” She also favors Corian countertops as an alternative to natural stone, especially paired with integrated sinks to “create a very sleek and seamless look.” Ms. Paranjape sticks to solid quartz for prep surfaces and applies natural stone only to walls, “where it can be seen but not damaged.”

Truncated Backsplashes

A stovetop backsplash that ends mid-wall at the bottom of the vent hood or in line with the bottom of the upper cabinets looks to Houston designer Benjamin Johnston “like you ran out of money for the project and couldn’t finish the job properly.” Another common head-scratcher: countertop material that extends 4 inches up the wall. It reminds Seattle designer Charlie Hellstern of a doctor’s office and presumes that food doesn’t splatter any higher.

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6 Common Decorating Mistakes And How To Avoid Them, According to Top Interior Designers

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Many of us have been spending our spring and summer revamping our gardens, finally building out our dream home offices, and tackling other renovation projects we may have put off if we hadn’t been spending every moment inside these past months. Warren Shoulberg, a retail journalist and columnist for Business Of Home, says he is expecting the home furnishings industry to see a boost in the coming months as companies like Lowe’s and Home Depot did earlier this year.

Shoulberg explained during his panel at BOH‘s Future of Home virtual conference that when the housing market does well, ultimately the home furnishings business follows, and while home improvement stores feel this first, furnishings and decor companies are sure to follow suit in the next six to nine months. And if you spent even a few minutes at your local Home Depot this spring, you know there’s about to be a lot of decorating and redecorating about to be underway!

Whether you’re upgrading your current home’s furnishings, filling up a brand-new house, or giving a well-loved area a much-needed refresh, decorating a room—let alone a whole home—can be overwhelming. We asked four designers from around the country the top mistakes to keep in mind that people often run into when decorating.

You’re trying to decorate your home as quickly as possible.

“Often, homeowners choose furniture for their home in haste, without longevity in mind,” says Marie Flanigan of Marie Flanigan Interiors. “I can certainly understand the desire to furnish a home quickly and feel settled, but this hurriedness can lead to costly mistakes. Before purchasing furniture for a room, I recommend measuring and measuring again, and ordering samples to test fabrics in the room where they will reside. Take the time to carefully choose pieces that you will have for years, hopefully generations, to come.”

You’re not expanding your personal style to fit the aesthetic of your home.

“It’s important for homeowners to be mindful of wanting everything that they love to be a part of the design in their home,” says Kesha Halden of Halden Interiors. “Just because you love floral patterns and wear them in your attire or have them on your favorite porcelain dishware doesn’t always mean that it will translate in an impactful way in a larger footprint on a sofa or drapery. Always take into consideration the overall aesthetic of the house and leave room for the design to evolve over the years.”

You’re accidentally disrupting your open floor plan.

“A key decorating mistake that homeowners should avoid is placing multiple area rugs in a home with an open floor plan,” Halden says. “This is a common mistake because the area rug is used to help map out where to group your furnishings. However, carving out these spaces with a rug can easily make the open concept feel choppy and minimize the scale of the room. And in my opinion, nothing beats a big, open, and airy design concept!”

You don’t prioritize

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5 Mistakes To Avoid With Your Quarantine Garden Before the First Fall Frost

If you’ve successfully created a garden this summer, here’s what you’ll need to know to keep it thriving into the next season—and beyond.

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A lot of us started new hobbies this year, and if yours involved planting the ultimate summer garden, you may just be wondering what to do with it now that fall is here. But don’t throw in the trowel just yet. While your summer schedule may have been packed with all things gardening, fall has its share of gardening delights, too—as well as tasks you’ll need to do to get that garden ready for spring.


Here are five common mistakes to avoid if you want to keep your new garden going strong.

Mistake No. 1: Not planting after Labor Day

Cold-season vegetables like broccoli and kale should be planted in fall.
Cold-season vegetables like broccoli and kale should be planted in fall.

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Just because the summer flowers are fading doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a few more blooms before winter arrives. In fact, there are quite a few flowers (and even vegetables) that are known to thrive during the fall season.



Susan Brandt, president and founder of Blooming Secrets, shares a few of her fall favorites. For instance, aster is a daisylike flower that blooms in late summer through fall, when other summer flowers are fading, she says. Calendula, also known as pot marigold, can have bright orange or yellow flowers, which also have culinary and medicinal uses.


“The petals are edible and can even be used in salads,” she says.

In addition, Brandt lists marigolds, pansies, garlic, kale, and even radishes as top contenders for fall.

And don’t worry if these seeds aren’t planted yet—there’s still time.

“Gardeners can plant fast-growing vegetables for harvest before frost,” says Jenny Vazquez of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. “Radishes, broccoli, turnips, and green beans are some great vegetables that will produce all the way up to the first frost.”


Mistake No. 2: Forgetting to water

The temperatures might be steadily dropping, but if your plants are still alive, then they still need water. Forgetting to water plants in the fall is a top mistake for new gardeners, but if you want to keep your garden healthy (and coming back next year), you’ll want to stick with your watering schedule right up until the first frost.

“Carefully watch the calendar and weather forecast for your area,” advises Richard Reina of TOOLSiD.com. “Continue watering trees and shrubs until the ground freezes. Although they may seem like they’re dormant, they’re still alive.”


Mistake No. 3: Not harvesting your garden

Harvest late-summer herbs and hang them to dry.
Harvest late-summer herbs, and hang them to dry.

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All those herbs and veggies you’ve worked so hard to grow aren’t going to pick themselves. Before your first frost arrives, be sure to check your garden and harvest any last herbs and veggies, or any seeds you’d like to save. Herbs should be hung inside to dry, and

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House report rips Boeing, FAA over mistakes before 737 Max crashes

The two fatal crashes involving Boeing 737 Max aircraft were “preventable” and “never should have happened,” the chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said on Wednesday.

Rep. Peter DeFazioPeter Anthony DeFazioPelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief Trump Jr. seeks to elect ‘new blood’ to Republican Party OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump’s pitch to Maine lobstermen falls flat | White House pushed to release documents on projects expedited due to coronavirus | Trump faces another challenge to rewrite of bedrock environmental law NEPA MORE‘s (D-Ore.) comments came as the committee published its report on the 737 Max line and its 18-month investigation, which involved Boeing employees and thousands of pages of company documents.

The report found “repeated and serious failures by both The Boeing Company (Boeing) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during the 737 Max’s design process.” The lawmakers said those failures were due to Boeing’s desire to compete with rival manufacturer Airbus and push out the new line of aircraft in a timely fashion.

“There was tremendous financial pressure on Boeing and the 737 MAX program to compete with Airbus’ new A320neo aircraft. Among other things, this pressure resulted in extensive efforts to cut costs, maintain the 737 MAX program schedule, and avoid slowing the 737 MAX production line,” reads the report’s summary.

“Boeing withheld crucial information from the FAA, its customers, and 737 MAX pilots, including internal test data that revealed it took a Boeing test pilot more than 10 seconds to diagnose and respond to uncommanded MCAS activation in a flight simulator, a condition the pilot described as ‘catastrophic,'” the report continued. The MCAS anti-stall system pushed the planes’ noses down in both fatal crashes.

Company officials told The New York Times that they were working to improve the 737 Max line based on recommendations from experts and government regulators.

“Boeing cooperated fully and extensively with the committee’s inquiry since it began in early 2019,” said Boeing in a statement, according to the Times. “We have been hard at work strengthening our safety culture and rebuilding trust with our customers, regulators and the flying public.”

DeFazio went on in a statement accompanying his committee’s report to say that the FAA should have acted sooner after the first fatal crash involving a Boeing 737 Max airliner, when Lion Air Flight 610 crashed less than 20 minutes after departing from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 189 people on board.

“Our report lays out disturbing revelations about how Boeing—under pressure to compete with Airbus and deliver profits for Wall Street—escaped scrutiny from the FAA, withheld critical information from pilots, and ultimately put planes into service that killed 346 innocent people,” said DeFazio. “What’s particularly infuriating is how Boeing and FAA both gambled with public safety in the critical time period between the two crashes.”

“On behalf of the families of the victims of both crashes, as well as anyone who steps on a plane expecting to arrive at their destination safely, we are

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‘Help! I Wrecked My House’ Highlights DIY Mistakes To Never Try at Home


Have you ever attempted a DIY home project, and deeply regretted it? In HGTV’s new show “Help! I Wrecked My House,” Jasmine Roth helps homeowners who’ve tried, and miserably failed, to fix up their homes.

Roth—whom you may recognize from her appearances on “A Very Brady Renovation” and “Hidden Potential”—has her work cut out for her. In this show’s premiere, titled “No More Project Manager,” she meets Heather and Kevin, who have started many little projects in their Costa Mesa, CA, home, but haven’t finished any of them. Their bathroom isn’t done, they don’t have a kitchen backsplash, and there’s even exposed wires at the breakfast bar.


Fed up with their half-finished house, they’ve given Roth an $80,000 budget to finish their renovation. While this sounds like a healthy investment, there’s a lot that needs to be done. Roth knows that she’ll have to get creative to finish everything on her to-do list.



Read on to learn how Roth fixes up the unfinished parts of Heather and Kevin’s home, and learn more about DIY projects you should—and shouldn’t—try at home.


A backsplash isn’t just for looks

Roth first focused on the lack of a backsplash in the kitchen. She explains to the couple that the tile isn’t just for looks.

“When you’re using your sink and water is running down the drywall into this crack,” Roth says, pointing to the space between the counter and the wall, “you don’t know what’s going on back there. And that’s not good. You don’t ever want water on drywall.”


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This backsplash tile was the perfect choice.

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Roth picks out a white and gray mosaic tile that complements both the cabinets and the countertops. Not only will this tile keep the wall safe from water damage, but it also looks great.

Don’t let your backyard be just a yard

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This yard is the perfect place to hang out.

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Heather and Kevin have a big backyard, but they never use it. Heather explains that they want to turn this sparse space into an entertaining area, almost like a second living room, but they just don’t know how to get started.

“We just don’t know what to do,” Heather says. “We don’t know how we can fix it.”


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This bowling alley adds some extra fun to the yard.

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So Roth constructs the ultimate backyard hangout area, complete with a pergola, dining table, fire pit, and even a bowling alley. Best of all, this entertaining space doesn’t cost too much. By installing a prefab pergola and using reclaimed wood, she shaves $5,000 off her backyard budget.

Get creative with your pets’ household needs

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Jasmine Roth makes sure this dog door is extra cute.

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Another item on Heather and Kevin’s lengthy to-do list is a doggy door. The couple have two small dogs, and they want a convenient way for their pups to go outside.

While dog doors are usually

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7 Tips To Avoid Costly Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes

Are you looking for some expert tips on remodeling your kitchen? If so, we suggest that you follow the tips given below. The tips can also help you avoid costly mistakes while renovating your kitchen.

1. Don’t Overspend

While planning, you should take into account the market in order to determine the type of remodeling you want for your kitchen. The cost of a low-end remodel can be as high as $2,000. On the other hand, for high-end upgrades, you should be ready to spend up to $50,000. This will include expensive luxury appliances and countertops. You should look at your neighborhood before deciding on your budget. This will help you avoid spending too much.

2. The Identity Crisis

You can’t remodel a 100-year-old kitchen into a modern kitchen. As a matter of fact, every home is built based on a specific style of architecture. So, you have to follow this style. Don’t spend too much on an age old kitchen or it will look like something else.

3. Trends Matter

As far as kitchen remodeling goes, you can always find something new. If you stay on top of the technology trends, you can find inexpensive versions of the things you want in your kitchen.

4. Don’t Touch the Gas or Water lines

Gas and water lines can cost a great deal of money if you want to move them to a different location in your kitchen. So, we suggest that you don’t move the pipelines from their original location.

5. Don’t Ignore The Floor Plan

If you have set a budget for the rearrangement of appliances, you should make sure that there is a good floor plan in place. Each appliance should be in the right place or you will end up with a lot of problems down the road.

6. Don’t Save Money on New Hardware

In the home innovation stores, you can find a great collection of quality door hardware. Based on your architectural taste, you may want to go for the right knobs and pulls. You shouldn’t save money on the door hardware. Aside from this, you should remove and replace old hinges with modern hinges. Although it can take plenty of time, it won’t cost a lot. But it will make a great difference.

7. Don’t Ignore the Free Advice

You should also check out some home innovation centers that offer free advice. You can benefit from computer-generated designs to lay out your kitchen. The home innovation experts can help you design state-of-the-art designs for your kitchen remodeling. They can give you suggestions about project management and installation services as well.

The takeaway

So, if you have been looking for free advice in order renovate your kitchen, we suggest that you follow the tips given in this article. Aside from this, you can also get in touch with a good home remodeling expert. They can provide their services for a small fee. Or you can also follow DIY methods in order to renovate your kitchen …

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10 Bathroom Waterproofing Mistakes To Avoid

I have seen countless cases of bad bathroom waterproofing, causing very costly waterproofing repairs and disruption to home owners. This problem is more common than people think, even in relatively new buildings as well as in existing homes when bathroom remodeling is being carried out. Bathroom waterproofing repair can mean major work because tiles, fixtures, floor tile bedding and so on need to come out for the waterproofing to be redone, not to mention restoring everything to its original state. Based on my personal experience, I’ve compiled a list of 10 important mistakes and reasons why bathroom waterproofing fails that you should take seriously.

The following general and specific mistakes come to mind, when looking back at so many of my bathroom waterproofing jobs, carried out over the years. Many home owners give little importance to bathroom waterproofing, especially shower cubicles during a bathroom remodeling process.

1. Attempting to do the waterproofing job yourself, yet having no experience and not following the waterproofing material data sheet and application instructions.

2. Giving the job to an unlicensed and unqualified person and not requesting warranties for the job in writing.

3. Floor and wall surfaces which can be concrete, wood chipboard paneling or cement fibre boards, not prepared and primed adequately before applying the waterproofing membrane material.

4. Not leaving the waterproofing membrane material enough time to dry before applying cement and sand bedding or gluing tiles to it.

5. Inadequate sealing of floor to wall and wall to wall corner details, where there is a lot of movement due to temperature changes which is particularly a problem with cement fibre sheeted walls on timber framing.

6. Not having the membrane turned up under the bathroom door area with an aluminum or brass angle fixed into the floor first.. This is a very common mistake and easily avoidable.

7. Inadequate sealing around pipe and tap wall penetrations in shower cubicles and bathtubs, usually because the plumber had no attention to detail or used the wrong sealant, resulting in water leaking into the wall.. In some instances the repair is not so extensive or difficult, but will still cost money.

8. Although not directly related to waterproofing, the tiler using the wrong type of glue for wall tiles, because the walls were waterproofed with a polyurethane based waterproof membrane for example while the glue used is acrylic based.

9. The plumber should conduct a water pressure test on the water pipes, by leaving the pipes under water pressure for 24 hours and do a visual inspection for any water leaks before the walls are sheeted to ensure that that are no pinholes in the system where water can slowly drip and find its way under the bathroom floor and surrounding areas. In some of the waterproofing rectification jobs I had a contract to do, the culprit for the water leaks from under the bathroom floor turned out to be a small leak in the water pipe in the wall which kept dripping ever …

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