I have purchased a freestanding bathtub to place into my bathroom, which is being renovated. I have had someone advise me that the bath needs to be positioned a certain distance from walls (to allow for cleaning) according to building regulations. Is this true?
There is no specific plumbing requirement in relation to clearances for the installation of a freestanding bath, but the general waterproofing requirements of the National Construction Code Series Volume One Building Code of Australia are as follows:
- Concrete or compressed fibre cement flooring under a vessel (bath) is to be water resistant.
- Timber floors under a vessel are to be waterproof.
- Walls must be water resistant to a height of 150mm above the vessel for the full extent of the vessel where the vessel is within 75mm of the wall
- Wall must be water resistant below the lip of the vessel.
- Wall & floor junctions must be water resistant for the full extent of the vessel.
- Tap & spout penetrations must be waterproof where they occur in horizontal surfaces.
Hoping this answers your enquiry.