Diy Basement Bathroom
DIY basement bathroom projects can be particularly challenging, because they take place below ground level in an area that can easily get dank and damp and mouldy. In fact damp is one of the most common and potentially serious problems any homeowner can face and so it is a vital aspect of any DIY basement bathroom project. Left unchecked, damp can not only ruin decorative finishes, it can also cause general deterioration of a structure. So you must take this into account when you work on a DIY basement bathroom.
Damp is your major Problem for your DIY Basement Bathroom Project!
Damp-proofing experts classify damp according to the way in which it is caused. In many cases the symptoms, which are mould, rotten woodwork or discoloured paint or tile grout, are the same. But you won't be able to solve the problem until you identify the cause first.
Rising damp can be a big problem in basements as moisture gets sucked out of the ground. The reason is usually because there wasn't a proper damp-proof course (DPC) installed when the house was built, or because the DPC or damp-proof membrane (DPM) has been damaged in some way. Not only should there be a membrane below floor level, but with basements the walls should also incorporate damp-proofing.
Then you get penetrating damp. Penetrating damp usually occurs when water is trapped in the structure, for example in cavity walls. This sits and then slowly penetrates through the wall.
Leaks are another problem, especially in basement bathrooms. Check water pipes regularly and repair any seals that are faulty. Maintenance is a lot less costly than replacements.
Hygroscopic damp occurs when the walls of the house absorb moisture from the atmosphere. It isn't as common as other forms of damp, but can be a problem in below-ground rooms.
Condensation can also be a big problem in this environment as water vapour in the air - from running a hot bath or shower - turns to water as it contacts cooler surfaces, especially tiles. Even though it is not the same as structural dampness, it can produce the same nasty symptoms.
Remember that when a building suffers from damp, this is not the same as simply getting wet. For example, the exterior surfaces of houses get wet all the time, when it rains or snows. The foundations of houses are also constantly in contact with moisture in the soil. But if they have been properly designed and built, the water should not penetrate the structure. When it does, you could find yourself with serious damp problems. So remember this when it comes to your own DIY basement bathroom.