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Sealants: Keeping Your Bathroom Leak Free
Water damage can be very costly to repair, so this is where sealants step in.
Aside from adding the finishing look to your bath, shower or basin, seals will fill the gap between your sanitary ware and wall. This will provide a watertight solution which seamlessly blends in and is almost unnoticeable.
It is important to seal sanitary ware securely as, if done incorrectly, water may seep down between the wall, causing mould, rotting and flooding.
The Importance of Anti-Mould Protection:
As sealants are often in places which receive exposure to excessive water, humidity and condensation, mould and mildew can thrive. Without such protection, bathroom sealants can discolour, resulting in those unsightly black spots you often see with old bathroom suites.
To combat this, all of our bathroom sealants come with anti-mould protection, so your sanitary ware can remain crystal white for years to come.
Sealant Strips Vs. Silicone Seals: Which to Choose?
When it comes to sealants, the two most popular ones are:
- Sealant Strips; Or
- Silicone Sealants.
Sealant Strips are flexible and often have an adhesive backing which allows you to fill the gap between your sanitaryware and the wall. Employing a sealant strip is often the best method as they are extremely easy to apply, and they allow you to seal wider gaps. If your gap exceeds over 2cm, for instance, then you will have no choice but to use a sealant strip.
However, for a professional finish, we would always recommend a Silicone Seal as this is so much neater. It is worth bearing in mind that siliconing can be an extremely difficult task, as it is messy and sticky, and many tradesmen actually struggle with creating a neat bead of silicone.
Applying a Sealant Strip:
When using a sealant strip, simply cut it to the length required and then peel off the backing and place the strip into place. Prior to installing a strip, make sure it is clear from debris otherwise it won’t be watertight.
Applying a Silicone Seal:
When using silicone sealant, it is important to remove any existing silicone first because it is unable to stick to existing silicone. Once you are ready for siliconing, apply pressure to the tube and spread it along the required area. Here, it is important to ensure you keep the same pressure throughout installation otherwise it won’t be an even coat.
Once applied, use either a silicone tool or your finger to create a smooth finish. Then leave it for 24 hours to properly set.
Top Tip:Prior to applying a seal to a new bath, fill it with water to the overflow as the water will add weight to the bath. This will allow the bath to settle into the correct position. If you apply the bathroom sealant before doing this, once you fill the tub with water the bath will dip slightly, causing a weakening to the silicone seal.