I have just had a building inspection done on a house I'm looking at purchasing. It's a private sale through the owners that I know.
The building inspector said probably the only moderately concerning issue is that he tested the shower for moisture and the floor showed a reading of 16%. He said that anything over 8% becomes a concern.
Thinking ahead (ie I buy the place) I'm in two minds what to do. The property is 13 years old and I would like to brighten up the bathroom at some stage but waterproofing the shower is the priority.
Options 1) Could I waterproof the shower somehow without lifting up the current tiles? Even if this was possible, would this still not fix the current issue of mositure underneath the current tiles?? OR 2) will it be necessary to lift up some of the tiles, assess the situation, waterproof (using some system) and replace the tiles (assuming there are some originals??). OR 3) could the current surface be treated somehow and new tiles placed over the top? 4) ??
Of course even if option no 3 was possible, this sends me very quickly down the renovation path and this is not something I want to do straight away.
I need to get the problem fixed, properly, shortly after moving in, so I have peace of mind. I just wish I knew more about the anatomy of a shower.
Any advice of any kind, information or resources will be greatly appreciated