Hello Internet DIYers!
I'm in the process of remodeling my bathroom and I've just realized something I might have done wrong around my shower.
One of the two walls of the shower is an exterior wall, so there was, and there still is, a plastic membrane vapour barrier. Then I installed there a layer of DensShield backer board. And then I waterproofed all the seems and screw heads with 100% silicon (along with the gap I left between the DensShield and the shower base lip). Now I would be ready to reinforce the DensShield seams with alkali resistant mesh tape and thin-set before installing my tiles.
But now I'm concerned that I just created a mold sandwich.
The vapour barrier comes behind my shower base lip, so if there is water stuck between the DensShield and the barrier, it will not be drained into the shower base, it will go on the subfloor. If there is moisture stuck in there, it will stay there.
According to what I have read, I need a vapour barrier on my external wall (according to code).
Now what are my options?
- Remove the DensShield, remove the plastic vapour barrier or cut holes into it and use something like KerdiBoard as a tile substrate AND vapour barrier? (The idea is to "make it right".)
- Leave everything like that, follow the plan BUT add a liquid membrane (e.g. RedGard) over everything before installing my tile. (The idea is to prevent as much as possible water from getting to the DensShield.)
- Other options?
Thanks for any input!
Here is an image of the actual state of my work, if you need a reference...