Curbless showers improve the aesthetics of a bathroom in a unique and refreshing way. Not only that, but they’re a great choice where accessibility and mobility concerns are involved. Yet many people hesitate to install a curbless shower because they’re worried about how to contain the water. If you are considering a curbless shower for your home, read on. This article will present four commonly used waterproofing strategies.
Perhaps the simplest strategy for keeping water from escaping the shower is to slope the floor subtly toward the drain. This slope should not exceed 1/2″ per foot, however. If the slope is steeper than this, it will undermine the accessible nature of curbless showers, by making it difficult for wheelchair-bound individuals to remain level while utilizing the shower.
Linear Trench Drain
A linear trench drain consists of a narrow trough across the floor at the opening of the shower. The trough is covered with a perforated grate, which allows water to flow down into the trough. A linear trench drain may be used either in conjunction with sloping floors or alone. The latter case is preferable for those with mobility issues, as it allows the floor of the shower to be much more level, thus lowering the risk of falls.
When used as the sole means of water containment, a linear trench drain should be equipped with multiple drain lines. This prevents a safeguard in the event that one of the drains becomes clogged, blocked, or otherwise impeded. Having multiple drains in a trench also increases the volume of water which the trench is capable of handling.
A collapsible threshold, also known as a water dam, differs from the two options above in that it projects above the surface of the shower floor. In other words, a collapsible threshold presents a physical barrier, preventing water from escaping beyond the perimeter of the shower. Water dams do not present an impediment for those who use a wheelchair or walker. When these or other mobility devices pass over the water dam, it easily compresses beneath the weight, then springs back up into place again.
Weighted Shower Curtain
For those who prefer a greater degree of privacy while showering, a weighted shower curtain might be the best option. The weights help ensure that the curtain hangs straight down, providing even coverage along the full length of the curtain. Just be sure that the curtain is long enough that it almost touches the floor, without bunching up or dragging along it. This increases the likelihood of mold and mildew forming on the curtain.
Contact waterproofing professionals, such as those from State Wide Waterproofing, for further assistance.