When bathing becomes more difficult, simple tasks such as getting in and out of the bath can be a challenge. Even a standard shower cubicle can become less accessible if we have difficulty lifting our feet over the edge of the shower tray.
The problems are further complicated if we need assistance with bathing. Suddenly, we need more space for a carer to help us get safely and easily in and out of the bath or shower, and maybe even to help us wash.
Bathing with a disability may also result in more water than usual spraying or spilling onto the floor and walls, and while moisture-resistant paints, tile grout and silicone sealer are designed to protect against this to a degree, over time and with large amounts of water they will deteriorate. Water breaking through this line of defence can cause long-term damage to the structure of the walls and create a haven for mould and bacteria.
A conventional bathroom is also often a challenge to keep clean, with nooks and crannies collecting dirt, dust, moisture, and mold, which can become a slip hazard.
In this article, we will explain what a wet room is and the benefits it can bring.
What is a wet room?
To convert a bathroom into a wet room, the original bathroom suite and fittings are removed. A new waterproof subfloor is installed and featuring a slight slope towards the shower drain for proper drainage. This will create a showering area with a base that is flush with the rest of the bathroom floor and allow water to quickly drain away.
Any joints in the waterproof subfloor are sealed and seals are placed around pipe inlets and outlets for any baths, basins, showers and toilets. Now the wet room is completely watertight, any water spilt or sprayed on the walls or floor will be contained and easily drain away.
Although not essential, lining the walls with waterproof board will also give the fabric of the house additional protection against water damage.
Tiles or other waterproof wall and floor surfaces are then applied on top of the waterproof subfloor and walls and the remaining sanitary ware is installed to complete the wet room.
What are the benefits of a wet room for people with mobility needs?
Mobility showers are safer
The chief advantage of mobility wet rooms is their accessibility and ease of use. The raised tray and threshold of a conventional shower cubicle that presents a trip hazard can be replaced with an almost flat surface that is flush with the floor and can even offer wheelchair access.
They are more accessible
A conventional shower tray will also often have a limited access width, making it harder to enter the shower if you need to use a support frame. A wet room shower provides ample room to move about and for a carer to assist the bather.
They are easier to clean
A third and equally valid benefit of disabled wet rooms is that they are so easy to keep clean. This is important if reduced mobility makes household chores more difficult.
If a carer or cleaner is responsible for keeping the bathroom clean, a wet room will also noticeably reduce the time it takes them – important if they have a busy schedule to keep.
They are healthier
Mould and bacteria can grow quickly in a bathroom and become a health risk, particularly to persons with reduced immunity. Being easier to clean reduces the risk of harmful fungi and microorganisms.
How easy is it to convert a bathroom to a wet room?
The prospect of having an old bathroom removed and all that work to create a wet room can sound daunting, but at EA Mobility we have been building wet rooms for so long that we have fine-tuned the process to make it as easy and least disruptive for you, the customer.
It’s certainly not a task that we would recommend even for a DIY enthusiast but in our professional hands, you can be assured that every detail will have been considered and taken care of. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying your new wet room and wondering why you hadn’t done it sooner!
Do you have wet room designs for small bathrooms?
Yes, wet rooms can be designed around any bathroom shape and size. In fact, wet rooms are perfectly suited to smaller bathrooms as they don’t require all the usual space-hungry features such as shower trays.
What’s the next step?
If you are ready to enhance your bathing experience and improve accessibility in your bathroom, it’s time to take the next step. Follow these simple steps to get started:
Request Our Latest Brochure
To explore the practical and luxurious options available for your wet room, request our latest brochure. Simply click here or call us on 0800 468 1023 to receive your free copy. The brochure showcases a wide range of designs and features to inspire you.
Browse and Get Inspired
Once you have the brochure in hand, take your time to browse through it. Discover the various possibilities and innovative solutions that can be incorporated into your wet room design. Let your imagination run wild and envision the perfect bathing space for your needs.
Contact Us for a Free Home Visit
When you’re ready to turn your vision into reality, reach out to us to schedule a free home visit from one of our professional assessors. Our assessors are fully trained to understand the challenges you face and will work closely with you to maximize the potential of your bathroom space. They will assess your requirements, offer expert advice, and provide a personalized solution tailored to your specific needs.
Enjoy Your New Wet Room
Once the design and planning are complete, our experienced team will take care of the installation process. With our expertise and attention to detail, you can rest assured that every aspect of the conversion will be handled professionally. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying your new wet room and wondering why you hadn’t made the switch sooner.