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4 Ways To Waterproof A Curbless Shower

Curbless showers represent an innovative way to improve both the aesthetics and the accessibility of a bathroom. Yet for those debating about whether to have a curbless shower installed, it's natural to have concerns around the subject of leak prevention. If you would like to learn more about water containment strategies in curbless showers, read on. This article will introduce four commonly implemented techniques for waterproofing a curbless shower.

Sloped Floor

This is the most basic strategy used to contain water in a curbless shower system. In fact, it is so basic and effective a strategy that is often implemented in conjunction with the methods outlined below. It is good to be aware that the slope of the floor should never exceed half an inch per foot. Slopes in excess of this can make accessing the shower difficult--and even dangerous--for those who use walkers or wheelchairs.

Linear Trench

A linear trench is a type of drainage system set into the floor along the open side of the shower. It consists of one of more drains located inside of a trough, or trench. A grate with slits or holes permits the passage of water into this trench, while yet maintaining an even surface. Thus a linear trench does not prevent those who use mobility devices from entering the shower.

One drain inside of the trench is sufficient when the system is used in conjunction with a sloped floor. In curbless showers with unsloped floors, however, multiple drains are advisable. These additional drains act as failsafes, thus reducing the risk of flooding should one of them become clogged or blocked.

Water Dam

In contrast to the two methods above, a water dam, also commonly referred to as a collapsible threshold, acts to physically contain water. In other words, it is a raised rubber barrier installed on the floor along the opening of the shower. Yet, despite projecting upward from the surface of the floor, water dams still allow the shower to be accessed by those using mobility devices. That's because this threshold is designed to easily compress under the weight of wheelchairs and walkers, springing back into place once the person has successfully crossed into the shower.

Weighted Shower Curtain

Those for whom privacy is a consideration while showering often opt to have a special shower curtain installed. Such curtains contain weights along their bottom edge, thus ensuring that the curtain always remains extended to its full length. To prevent mold and mildew growth, the curtain should be just long enough as to almost contact the floor.

For more help with bathroom fixtures, contact a service like ABEL Plumbing Inc.