Why You Should Totally Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel



If your house is old enough for a washroom restoration, you could want to go ahead as well as totally intestine it. I began my bathroom remodel last month with a complete demolition. If I hadn't, a number of issues would have been not available for fixing ... or perhaps obscure. Below's what I located when I opened the walls and ceiling of my 1981 apartment right here in the Quad Cities.

Deal with pipes surprises
Here's another thing I located. I'm not a plumbing expert, yet I see a trouble below. Picture if that area of usual drain line for our back-to-back sinks obtained blocked. Now imagine running a snake in there from one sink. Do you assume it would make the turn? Probably not. We changed it out as well as balance out the two.

Repair termite damage
When I opened the exterior wall surface, I found termite damages in two places: the king stud, jack stud, and also cripple on the tub side of the home window as well as the jack stud beyond of the window. Fortunately is that the damages was done long ago. As long as I have actually lived here, the owners' organization has actually kept up with termite treatment as well as monitoring, however I understand there was a duration when they didn't. For this reason the damages I located.

Change rotted subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall, I likewise located rotten subflooring near the bath tub. This was mostly from obtaining too damp, and also I suspected it since floor tiles had actually started appearing in that area.

Offset no or little insulation
I recognized we had insulation in our wall surfaces. I believed it was R-11 fiberglass batts due to the fact that our upstairs neighbor's icemaker had a poor leakage a couple of years back, securing fifty percent of our utility room ceiling as well as part of the wall. The usual wall had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the wall surfaces did, too. I recognized they had insulation since I've examined behind button and also receptacle plates.
I got a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that exterior restroom wall surface as well as saw this:

This is actually a good idea, in a manner, because it indicates I'll obtain more renovation than I believed I was getting.

Seal up the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 condominium is dripping. I learnt about the large bathtub holes as well as various other pipes infiltrations because I've seen them from the basement. I really did not know that the walls were covered with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that supplied great deals of air leak paths. Once again, looking on the silver lining, that means I'll be able to make more improvement compared to I would certainly assumed.

I can not wait to do a blower door examination when it's all done. Unfortunately, I won't be able to separate out the renovation due just to my shower room work. The owners' association simply had the whole floor secured with spray foam insulation. I'm thinking our overall air leakage will certainly be around half of exactly what it was.

Install an exhaust follower and solution ductwork
Did I discuss our condo was built in the 80's? The master bathroom has a window, so normally, it really did not require an exhaust fan, right? Wrong. I have actually got over a year of data on temperature level as well as relative moisture because shower room without an exhaust fan. Now I'm placing one in and will certainly accumulate a lot more information. Stay tuned for the results.

But even if your washroom already has a fan, I would certainly bet it does not move enough air. The common bathroom fan moves about half its ranked air flow. If your bath fan isn't really available from the attic, opening the ceiling is the only means to obtain at the air duct and also fix it. What you see in that photo listed below is common for bath follower air ducts: drooping flex duct that makes way too many turns. (That's not my new fan, incidentally.).

Solve other potentially unidentified repair needs.
A number of years ago we had to do some pipes benefit the tub in the hall washroom. When the plumbers had the wall opened, I inquired to place valves in on the hot and cold water lines to ensure that if any person had to work with that pipes in the future, they wouldn't have to shut off the water to the entire structure.
So they place in the shutoffs. When I opened the wall surface, I saw them and took this photo:.



I 'd use that shower a couple of times for many years as well as always wondered why the stress was so reduced. Now I recognize. The plumbing technicians set up the valves yet after that didn't open them fully. Those red takes care of need to be straight in accordance with the pipes. Nice!

I additionally located that our ceiling had two layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condominium, but the initial ceiling was stippled. The good news is, it had not been a Dunlap Construciton popcorn ceiling, which could have asbestos.

As well as I discovered the initial, ugly wallpaper.

If you're remodeling a washroom, there a lot of good needs to go all the way and also gut it entirely. That's exactly what I'm doing. We're almost prepared to begin closing it back in, so remain tuned for more tales from the shower room.

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