Waterproofing a Laundry: Can I DIY?

When you’re looking at a costly reno or building project, it’s tempting to dive in and complete projects yourself to save some cash. However, when it comes to waterproofing a laundry, your best bet is to stay off the tools and call in a professional. In this article, we cover the key information to show you why waterproofing a laundry yourself could mean more cash down the track. 

Wait, do I even need to waterproof my laundry?

You absolutely do -this blog goes into more detail about why it’s essential.

Why can’t I do it myself?

Waterproofing is one of those things you really have to get right. Not only does the waterproofing job have to pass a Building and Pest Inspection if you’re planning to sell, but doing it incorrectly or poorly can result in structural damage to your home. Timber rot, mould, mildew and even termites can be the cost of a dodgy job; far more expensive than getting it done professionally the first time.

Waterproofing is regulated by Government standards  

If you’re not overly confident in your waterproofing abilities, it’s better to quit while you’re ahead to avoid risking damage down the track.

In case you didn’t know, waterproofing falls under the Building Code of Australia, and must comply with the Australian Standards (AS 3740-1994) Waterproofing of Domestic Wet Areas. When it comes to your laundry, the Code specifies that laundry floors and walls must be waterproofed. 

You can’t use just any waterproofing material 

Bituminous Membrane, Cementitious Membrane, Liquid Membrane, Polyurethane Liquid Membrane - do any of these ring a bell?

Depending on your project, some waterproofing materials may not be suitable for the conditions in your home. It’s best to call in the experts (like us), who can determine the right material for the job and get it done quickly and efficiently.

Ok, but will I get in trouble if I DIY? 

In NSW, only a licensed waterproofer can conduct wet sealing (bathrooms, laundries etc) and in some states, like Queensland, jobs under a certain value which don’t require a license must be certified anyway. You’ll save yourself a heap of time and unnecessary stress if you engage a professional to do the job from start to finish. 

Get in touch with us today for an inspection and quote for all your waterproofing and wet area needs. 

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