Why You Must Completely Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel



If your residence is old enough for a restroom restoration, you could intend to proceed and also totally gut it. I started my shower room remodel last month with a full demolition. If I had not, a number of troubles would have been unavailable for repair ... or even obscure. Here's exactly what I found when I opened up the walls as well as ceiling of my 1981 condo right here in the Quad Cities.

Repair pipes shocks
Right here's an additional point I located. I'm not a pipes professional, yet I see a problem right here. Picture if that section of common drainpipe line for our back-to-back sinks obtained clogged. Now picture running a snake in there from one sink. Do you think it would certainly make the turn? Most likely not. We transformed it out and balance out both.

Repair termite damages
When I opened up the outside wall surface, I found termite damage in two areas: the king stud, jack stud, as well as cripple on the bath tub side of the window and also the jack stud on the other side of the home window. Fortunately is that the damage was done long ago. As long as I have actually lived here, the proprietors' organization has stayed on par with termite treatment and also tracking, yet I comprehend there was a duration when they didn't. Therefore the damage I discovered.

Change decayed subflooring
Along with the termite-damaged wall surface, I also discovered rotten subflooring near the bath tub. This was mostly from obtaining also wet, and also I suspected it since floor tiles had started turning up in that area.

Make up for no or little insulation
I knew we had insulation in our walls. I assumed it was R-11 fiberglass batts because our upstairs next-door neighbor's icemaker had a bad leakage a few years earlier, taking out half of our laundry room ceiling and also part of the wall surface. The common wall had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the walls did, as well. I recognized they had insulation because I've inspected behind switch as well as receptacle plates.
I got a little shock when I took the drywall off of that exterior restroom wall surface and also saw this:

This is in fact an advantage, in such a way, due to the fact that it means I'll get even more enhancement compared to I believed I was getting.

Seal the air leakages
Yes, our 1981 condominium is leaking. I learnt about the large bath tub holes and also other plumbing infiltrations due to the fact that I have actually seen them from the cellar. I really did not understand that the walls were encased with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that provided great deals of air leak pathways. Once again, viewing the bright side, that implies I'll have the ability to make more enhancement compared to I would certainly thought.

I cannot wait to do a blower door examination when it's all done. Regrettably, I won't have the ability to separate out the improvement due only to my restroom work. The proprietors' organization simply had the entire floor secured with spray foam insulation. I'm guessing our complete air leakage will certainly be around half of exactly what it was.

Install an exhaust follower and also solution ductwork
Did I discuss our condo was constructed in the 80's? The master bathroom has a window, so normally, it didn't need an exhaust follower, right? Wrong. I have actually overcome a year of data on temperature and also loved one moisture in that restroom without an exhaust fan. Currently I'm putting one in and will collect more data. Keep tuned for the results.

Yet even if your shower room already has a follower, I 'd bet it does not relocate sufficient air. The common bath fan moves about half its rated air flow. If your bathroom follower isn't really obtainable from the attic, opening up the ceiling is the only means to obtain at the air duct and fix it. Exactly what you see because photo below is common for bath fan ducts: sagging flex air duct that makes too many turns. (That's not my brand-new fan, by the way.).

Solve other potentially unknown repair needs.
A number of years ago we had to do some pipes help the tub in the hall restroom. When the plumbings had the wall opened, I asked them to put valves in on the hot and cold water lines to make sure that if anyone had to service that pipes in the future, they would not need to turn off the Dunlap Construciton water to the whole building.
So they put in the valves. When I opened up the wall, I saw them as well as took this picture:.



I 'd make use of that shower a couple of times for many years and also constantly wondered why the stress was so low. Now I understand. The plumbers installed the shutoffs but after that really did not open them completely. Those red takes care of ought to be straight in line with the pipelines. Wonderful!

I additionally located that our ceiling had two layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condo, yet the original ceiling was stippled. The good news is, it had not been a popcorn ceiling, which can contain asbestos.

And also I discovered the original, hideous wallpaper.

If you're remodeling a bathroom, there a lot of excellent reasons to go all the way and also intestine it totally. That's exactly what I'm doing. We're nearly prepared to start closing it back in, so remain tuned for even more stories from the bathroom.

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