Why You Must Completely Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel



If your house is old sufficient for a restroom restoration, you could want to go on and also completely gut it. I started my restroom remodel last month with a total demolition. If I had not, a variety of problems would have been not available for repair service ... or perhaps obscure. Here's what I found when I opened up the walls as well as ceiling of my 1981 condominium right here in the Quad Cities.

Take care of pipes shocks
Below's an additional point I located. I'm not a pipes specialist, but I see a trouble here. Think of if that area of typical drain line for our back-to-back sinks got clogged. Now picture running a snake in there from one sink. Do you believe it would certainly make the turn? Most likely not. We altered it out as well as offset both.

Repair termite damage
When I opened up the outside wall surface, I located termite damages in two places: the king stud, jack stud, and paralyze on the bath tub side of the home window and the jack stud beyond of the home window. Fortunately is that the damages was done long ago. As long as I have actually lived below, the owners' association has actually stayed on top of termite therapy and tracking, however I recognize there was a duration when they didn't. Thus the damages I discovered.

Change decomposed subflooring
Along with the termite-damaged wall surface, I additionally found rotten subflooring near the bath tub. This was primarily from obtaining also damp, as well as I thought it due to the fact that floor tiles had actually begun appearing in that area.

Offset no or little insulation
I recognized we had insulation in our walls. I thought it was R-11 fiberglass batts due to the fact that our upstairs next-door neighbor's icemaker had a poor leak a couple of years ago, taking out fifty percent of our laundry room ceiling as well as part of the wall. The typical wall had R-11 batts. I figured the remainder of the wall surfaces did, as well. I knew they had insulation due to the fact that I've inspected behind switch as well as receptacle plates.
I obtained a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that outside shower room wall surface and saw this:

This is really a good idea, in a manner, due to the fact that it implies I'll obtain even more improvement compared to I assumed I was getting.

Seal up the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 condo is dripping. I found out about the big tub openings and also various other pipes infiltrations because I've seen them from the cellar. I really did not know that the wall surfaces were covered with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that provided great deals of air leakage pathways. Again, searching the bright side, that implies I'll have the ability to make more improvement compared to I would certainly believed.

I can't wait to do a blower door examination when it's all done. However, I will not be able to separate out the improvement due just to my shower room work. The proprietors' association simply had the entire floor secured with spray foam insulation. I'm guessing our complete air leakage will be around half of just what it was.

Set up an exhaust here fan and solution ductwork
Did I discuss our condominium was integrated in the 80's? The master bathroom has a home window, so naturally, it didn't require an exhaust fan, right? Wrong. I've got over a year of data on temperature level and also relative moisture in that restroom without an exhaust fan. Currently I'm putting one in and will certainly gather more information. Remain tuned for the results.

Yet even if your restroom already has a follower, I 'd wager it does not move sufficient air. The common bath follower moves about half its ranked air flow. If your bathroom fan isn't accessible from the attic room, opening up the ceiling is the only method to get at the duct and fix it. Just what you see in that image below prevails for bath follower ducts: drooping flex air duct that makes a lot of turns. (That's not my brand-new fan, incidentally.).

Solve other potentially unidentified repair needs.
Several years ago we needed to do some pipes work for the bathtub in the hall bathroom. When the plumbings had the wall surface opened up, I asked to place valves in on the cold and hot water lines so that if any individual needed to deal with that pipes in the future, they would not need to turn off the water to the entire structure.
So they place in the valves. When I opened up the wall surface, I saw them and also took this photo:.



I 'd make use of that shower a couple of times for many years and also constantly questioned why the pressure was so low. Now I understand. The plumbers installed the shutoffs yet then didn't open them fully. Those red takes care of need to be straight in accordance with the pipelines. Great!

I likewise found that our ceiling had 2 layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our apartment, however the initial ceiling was stippled. Luckily, it had not been a popcorn ceiling, which can have asbestos.

And I uncovered the original, ugly wallpaper.

If you're remodeling a washroom, there a lot of good needs to go all the way and also digestive tract it completely. That's just what I'm doing. We're nearly ready to begin closing it back in, so remain tuned for more tales from the restroom.

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