A wet walls refers to a structural wall designed used in house plumbing pipes for fixtures such as washrooms, dishwashers, sinks, etc. Having plumbing fixtures in the walls can be very expensive but combining them into a single wet wall can be very affordable as well as efficient. It will cut down the building costs and will make it easier for maintaining and repairing purposes in the future. As the plumber needs to access a single wall instead to different walls, while finding the problem and in repairing it.
In today’s time most of the builders while designing new home designs consults with their architects and contractors, to use wet walls in the apartments for shared fixtures. The wall has all sorts of piping inside it which varies in size as well as in shapes. Inside the wall, these pipes are connected with the water, sewer lines or connected to a septic tank. These pipes are hidden inside the walls and used to deliver water or carry waste away from either side.
Mostly wet walls are used between a bathroom and kitchen, so that they share the same wall and all the required fixtures requiring water can be lined up on either side of the wall. But one should take care while building a wet wall because it might require moving or adjusting some of the joists to make space for the pipes. Generally the walls are not structural and the joists are used mainly to support the wall only, not the whole building. While building a wet wall, special building materials might be used and sometimes mandatory as well, so that in case of any leakage, there will be some containment. For example, sheet rock can be used which can withstand the wetness of the wall.
Having a wet wall, doesn’t mean, you need nothing as a protection for leakage, it also need protective splash backs in the room to prevent water from hitting the wall directly. In case you are thinking of a renovation, then building a wet wall might be the common suggestion you will get from your contractor. Because it will cut down the costs of renovation and people always look for those suggestions which can save their money. But it might require moving few things around while building a wet wall, but it will worth doing that.
Since wet wall has all the piping of your house, it might shortened the length of hot water pipe, which will automatically reduce the wait time after opening the tap for warm water. Another advantage which you will get from wet walls are, in case of any plumbing problem, plumber can easily access the pipes as they are located in the central part of the house and makes it easy for them to repair them. This will also reduce the cost related to plumbing issues. If any leakage problem rises, coast for repairing the water damaged area will be reduced as the potential area of leakage will be reduced too.