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While dated tiles in a bath­room may be some­thing you can live with, wa­ter dam­age will make the need for a ren­o­va­tion much more ur­gent.

Sarah Comer­ford of ren­o­va­tion com­pany Home by Belle says leak­ing show­ers are a big prob­lem and lead to wa­ter dam­age in ad­join­ing walls and the floor be­low. “Wa­ter de­stroys ev­ery­thing, given the chance,” Sarah says. Although some­times it’s as ob­vi­ous as a leak­ing shower, Sarah says the signs — and the dam­age — are not al­ways so clear. “You might have wet car­pet or the tiles might start to crack,” she says. It can of­ten be a prob­lem in older homes which, if not ad­dressed, can leave you with a hefty re­pair bill, or no choice but to re­place the bath­room al­to­gether.

“These days the ma­te­ri­als for wa­ter­proof­ing are a lot more flex­i­ble than they used to be back in the day when they were fi­bre­glass, if they wa­ter­proofed at all,” Sarah says.

“Try­ing to patch a bath­room never works, you end up hav­ing to take out the whole thing and start again.”

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