WHAT IS A HOT MOP?

A “hot mop” is the process of waterproofing with the use of mortar mix cement, asphalt, roofing felt and fiberglass mesh.

 

While other do-it-yourself membranes have an uncertain life span and are of limited durability, hot mopping complies with the Uniform Plumbing code, and is known to have a life expectancy that is practically endless.

 

Having a reputation of being basically impenetrable, hot mopping is the preferred waterproofing method of the plumbing, tile, and construction industries.  A leaking shower can result in mold, mildew, and costly water damage to your property. Don’t risk it! Go with a professional hot mop performed by industry experts, such as Best Ever Waterproofing.  

AM I READY FOR HOT MOP?

A properly prepared shower, ready for the hot mop should look like this.

Before your shower can be hot mopped, you will need the following:

 

Solid backing (known as “blocking”) in between wall studs should rise between 10”-12" high and nailed flush. Wall backing is generally built with 2″x10″ or 2″x12″ wood boards cut to fit. (Do NOT use greenboard, drywall or hardyback). Any holes in the wall that are not covered by blocking should be covered with sheet metal.

 

If you have an entry curb/dam, it needs to be higher than your shower drain (generally 2” – 4 ½” high).  

If there is a bench, pony wall, or tub ledge, they must be covered with wood, sheeting, etc. on the top, front, and sides. Plywood works great! Backing must extend 4” – 6” above and around the bench, pony wall, or tub ledge. 

A properly installed drain, ready for hot mop should look like this.

A brand new two-piece hot mop drain (generally cast iron or ABS plastic). There are six holes on the upper part of the two piece drain. Three of the holes are for the bolts that clamp the shower drain together. Make sure that the lower part of the two piece drain is installed leveled with or resting on sub floor.  A three-piece hot mop drain is required for ADA showers. 


If you are using an existing drain, the drain must be thoroughly cleaned. All bolts must be unscrewed without breaking off with same or new bolts able to screw back in.

If you’re still not sure and have questions, feel free to give us a call and we’ll walk you through it.​

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BEST EVER WATERPROOFING, INC.​

23261 Del Lago Drive, Suite #1

Laguna HIlls, California 92653

P: (760)751-8506  F: (760)751-8598

www.BestEverWaterproofing.com

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