Why You Must Completely Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel



If your home is old sufficient for a shower room remodelling, you could want to go ahead as well as entirely digestive tract it. I began my restroom remodel last month with a full demolition. If I hadn't, a number of issues would certainly have been unavailable for repair service ... or perhaps undiscovered. Here's exactly what I located when I opened the wall surfaces and ceiling of my 1981 condo below in the Quad Cities.

Repair plumbing surprises
Here's another point I located. I'm not a pipes specialist, however I see an issue right here. Visualize if that area of typical drain line for our back-to-back sinks obtained obstructed. Now picture running a snake in there from one sink. Do you think it would certainly make the turn? Possibly not. We changed it out and counter the two.

Repair termite damages
When I opened up the exterior wall surface, I located termite damages in two areas: the king stud, jack stud, and cripple on the bath tub side of the window and also the jack stud beyond of the window. The bright side is that the damage was done long ago. As long as I have actually lived here, the owners' association has actually stayed on top of termite therapy as well as surveillance, but I recognize there was a period when they didn't. Hence the damages I discovered.

Replace decomposed subflooring
Along with the termite-damaged wall, I also discovered rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was mostly from getting as well damp, and also I suspected it since ceramic tiles had started appearing in that location.

Offset no or little insulation
I knew we had insulation in our walls. I thought it was R-11 fiberglass batts because our upstairs neighbor's icemaker had a poor leak a couple of years earlier, obtaining fifty percent of our utility room ceiling as well as part of the wall surface. The typical wall had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the wall surfaces did, as well. I understood they had insulation because I've examined behind switch and receptacle plates.
I obtained a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that outside washroom wall surface as well as saw this:

This is in fact a good idea, in a manner, because it indicates I'll get even more improvement compared to I thought I was getting.

Seal the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 apartment is leaking. I learnt about the large bathtub holes and also other plumbing infiltrations because I've seen them from the cellar. I really did not know that the wall surfaces were encased with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that gave lots of air leakage pathways. Once again, viewing on the bright side, that means I'll be able to make more enhancement compared to I would certainly assumed.

I can not wait to do a blower door examination when it's all done. Unfortunately, I will not have the ability to separate out the renovation due just to my washroom job. The owners' association just had the whole flooring secured with spray foam insulation. I'm guessing our overall air leak will be around half of what it was.

Mount an exhaust follower and solution ductwork
Did I mention our condo was constructed in the 80's? The master bathroom has a window, so normally, it didn't require an exhaust fan, right? Wrong. I have actually got over a year of information on temperature level as well as relative moisture because shower room without an exhaust fan. Now I'm putting one in and also will gather a lot more data. Keep tuned for the results.

Yet even if your restroom currently has a fan, I would certainly wager it does not move enough air. The regular bathroom fan moves about half its rated air circulation. If your bath fan isn't really obtainable from the attic, opening up the ceiling is the only way to get at the air duct and also fix it. What you see because photo below prevails for bathroom fan air ducts: sagging flex air duct that makes a lot of turns. (That's not my new follower, by the way.).

Fix other potentially unidentified repair needs.
Several years ago we had to do some pipes benefit the tub in the hall shower room. When the plumbing technicians had the wall surface opened, I asked them to put valves in on the cold and hot water lines to make sure that if anybody had to service that pipes in the future, they would not have to switch off the water to the entire building.
So they put in the valves. When I opened up the wall, I saw them as well as took this picture:.



I would certainly utilize that shower a few times throughout the years and also always wondered why the pressure was so reduced. Now I understand. The plumbings installed the shutoffs however then really Dunlap Construciton did not open them completely. Those red deals with should be straight in line with the pipelines. Great!

I also located that our ceiling had 2 layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condo, yet the initial ceiling was stippled. Thankfully, it wasn't a snacks ceiling, which might contain asbestos.

As well as I found the initial, ugly wallpaper.

If you're redesigning a washroom, there a great deal of great reasons to copulate as well as digestive tract it completely. That's just what I'm doing. We're almost all set to begin closing it back in, so stay tuned for more tales from the shower room.

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