Hiding communication systems is primarily done for the aesthetic appearance of the interior. However, pipe masking manipulations can be performed for other purposes:
- Wall-mounted communications will save the usable area of the room.
- Using furniture to mask pipes will create new storage spaces in the bathroom for household chemicals and other household accessories.
- Interior items will allow you to preserve the overall style of apartment design, complement it.
When choosing a method for hiding pipes in a bathroom when renovating bathroom an apartment, it is necessary to focus on the fact that it must perform not only an aesthetic function but also be reliable and safe. The possibility of damage to communications cannot be completely ruled out; therefore, it is necessary to leave access to them. Otherwise, in an emergency, it will be necessary to dismantle the entire structure, and such measures are quite expensive.
Steel and cast iron pipes are practically not used in recent years. Most experts recommend installing systems from modern, reliable, durable materials, plastic or propylene. They are inexpensive, easy to install, and have a long service life. The material for pipes is of great importance when choosing a method of masking communications.
This method is considered the most time-consuming but also the most effective. Its advantages include the fact that a maximum of usable space is freed up, which compares favorably with the installation of boxes or the use of furniture. Among the shortcomings, the possibility of a pipe break is noted, as a result of which it will be necessary to dismantle the entire structure, including finishing materials.
The method involves laying pipes in grooves in the walls and sealing them with cement mortar. Further, the surface is finished with the selected materials. When choosing this method, the following recommendations should be considered:
- Only steel, plastic, or copper pipes are sewn into the wall.
- There should be no connectors or connections on the hidden structure.
- Waterproofing materials must be used.
It is recommended to lay the grooves for pipes with hot and cold water with a thermoflex sleeve. The material will allow the structure to expand when heated and will absorb the resulting condensation.
Before starting the installation work, you need to think about leaving free access to the places where meters and filters are installed. If pipe connections cannot be avoided, then the same materials should be used, which will increase the strength and reliability of the structure.
Communications should not be hidden under the cement mortar immediately after installation. Sometimes the system will only see leaks a few days after installation. Therefore, it is recommended to first check the pipes and their connections for leaks and only then fill the grooves with cement mortar.
In order to hide communications, special boxes are often used. The advantage of this method is that it will allow you to leave access to the system in the event of a breakthrough or other emergencies. The box is used for both horizontal and vertical pipes. He can cover only communications or completely the wall on which they are located. The disadvantages of this method include the fact that the design reduces the usable area, so it may not be suitable for small baths.
There are many ways to hide communication systems in the bathroom. The choice of one of them depends on the characteristics of the premises, the preferences of the owners, and the planned budget. The most reliable and expensive method is to mount pipes in walls. Among the inexpensive methods are painting pipes or decorating them in accordance with the style of the interior.