Why You Need To Totally Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel



If your residence is old sufficient for a shower room restoration, you may intend to go on and completely intestine it. I started my restroom remodel last month with a full demolition. If I had not, a number of troubles would have been unavailable for fixing ... and even undiscovered. Below's exactly what I located when I opened up the wall surfaces as well as ceiling of my 1981 condo right here in the Quad Cities.

Fix pipes surprises
Right here's an additional thing I located. I'm not a plumbing specialist, but I see a trouble here. Visualize if that section of usual drain line for our back-to-back sinks obtained clogged. Now visualize running a snake in there from one sink. Do you believe it would certainly make the turn? Probably not. We altered it out and also offset the two.

Repair termite damages
When I opened up the exterior wall surface, I found termite damages in 2 places: the king stud, jack stud, as well as maim on the bath tub side of the window and also 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' association has actually stayed up to date with termite therapy and also surveillance, but I understand there was a period when they didn't. For this reason the damages I located.

Change rotted subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall, I additionally located rotten subflooring near the bath tub. This was primarily from getting as well damp, and I presumed it since tiles had actually started turning up in that location.

Make up for no or little insulation
I understood we had insulation in our walls. I assumed it was R-11 fiberglass batts because our upstairs neighbor's icemaker had a poor leak a couple of years earlier, securing fifty percent of our utility room ceiling as well as part of the wall surface. The common wall had R-11 batts. I figured the remainder of the walls did, also. I understood they had insulation due to the fact that I've examined behind button and receptacle plates.
I obtained a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that outside shower room wall and also saw click here this:

This is really an advantage, in such a way, since it implies I'll obtain even more improvement compared to I believed I was going to get.

Seal up the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 apartment is leaking. I knew about the large tub holes and also other pipes penetrations due to the fact that I've seen them from the cellar. I didn't recognize that the walls were encased with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that gave lots of air leak paths. Once again, viewing on the bright side, that suggests I'll be able to make even more renovation than I would certainly thought.

I cannot wait to do a blower door examination when it's all done. Unfortunately, I won't have the ability to separate out the improvement due only to my washroom work. The owners' association simply had the entire floor sealed with spray foam insulation. I'm thinking our complete air leak will be around half of what it was.

Install an exhaust fan as well as solution ductwork
Did I state our condo was built in the 80's? The master bath has a home window, so normally, it really did not require an exhaust follower, right? Incorrect. I have actually got over a year of data on temperature and family member humidity in that shower room without an exhaust follower. Currently I'm placing one in and will collect more data. Stay tuned for the results.

But even if your bathroom already has a fan, I would certainly bet it does not relocate sufficient air. The normal bath fan moves about half its rated air circulation. If your bathroom follower isn't really easily accessible from the attic room, opening up the ceiling is the only way to get at the air duct and also repair it. Exactly what you see in that photo listed below prevails for bath fan air ducts: drooping flex duct that makes too many turns. (That's not my new follower, by the way.).

Resolve other potentially unknown repair needs.
Numerous years ago we needed to do some plumbing work for the bathtub in the hall shower room. When the plumbing professionals had the wall surface opened up, I inquired to place valves know the hot and cold water lines so that if any person needed to deal with that pipes in the future, they wouldn't need to shut off the water to the whole structure.
So they put in the shutoffs. When I opened up the wall surface, I saw them as well as took this photo:.



I 'd utilize that shower a couple of times for many years and always questioned why the stress was so reduced. Currently I understand. The plumbing technicians mounted the shutoffs yet then didn't open them fully. Those red deals with must be straight in accordance with the pipelines. Wonderful!

I additionally found that our ceiling had 2 layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condo, but the original ceiling was stippled. Fortunately, it wasn't a popcorn ceiling, which could contain asbestos.

And I discovered the initial, gruesome wallpaper.

If you're remodeling a bathroom, there a lot of good needs to go all the way as well as gut it completely. That's 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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