Why You Must Completely Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel



If your house is old enough for a washroom remodelling, you could wish to proceed and entirely digestive tract it. I began my restroom remodel last month with a full demolition. If I hadn't, a number of troubles would certainly have been not available for repair work ... and even undiscovered. Below's what I discovered when I opened the wall surfaces and ceiling of my 1981 condominium below in the Quad Cities.

Fix plumbing surprises
Below's an additional thing I found. I'm not a plumbing specialist, but I see an issue here. Imagine if that section of typical drain line for our back-to-back sinks obtained blocked. Currently picture running a snake in there from one sink. Do you believe it would certainly make the turn? Possibly not. We changed it out as well as counter both.

Repair termite damage
When I opened the outside wall, I located termite damages in 2 areas: the king stud, jack stud, as well as paralyze on the tub side of the window as well as the jack stud on the other side of the window. Fortunately is that the damage was done long ago. As long as I've lived here, the owners' organization has actually stayed up to date with termite treatment and monitoring, but I recognize there was a duration when they really did not. Therefore the damage I found.

Change deteriorated subflooring
Along with the termite-damaged wall surface, I additionally discovered rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was mainly from getting also damp, and I believed it since tiles had started turning up because location.

Make up for no or little insulation
I recognized we had insulation in our wall surfaces. I believed it was R-11 fiberglass batts since our upstairs next-door neighbor's icemaker had a bad leak a couple of years earlier, obtaining half of our laundry room ceiling as well as part of the wall surface. The usual wall surface had R-11 batts. I figured the remainder of the walls did, also. I knew they had insulation due to the fact that I have actually examined behind switch and also receptacle plates.
I obtained a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that outside shower room wall as well as saw this:

This is actually a good thing, in a way, since it means I'll get more enhancement compared to I believed I was going to get.

Seal up the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 condominium is leaky. I understood about the big bath tub openings and other pipes infiltrations due to the fact that I have actually seen them from the cellar. I didn't understand that the wall surfaces were covered with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that provided lots of air leakage paths. Once more, viewing on the bright side, that indicates I'll have the ability to make more improvement than I would certainly assumed.

I can not wait to do a blower door test when it's all done. However, I won't have the ability to separate out the improvement due just to my shower room job. The proprietors' association just had the entire flooring sealed with spray foam insulation. I'm thinking our overall air leakage will be around half of what it was.

Install an exhaust follower and also solution ductwork
Did I discuss our condominium was integrated in the 80's? The master bath has a window, so normally, it really did not require an exhaust fan, right? Wrong. I've got over a year of information on temperature and family member moisture in that restroom without an exhaust fan. Currently I'm placing one in and also will certainly collect a lot more information. Stay tuned for the outcomes.

But even if your bathroom currently has a follower, I 'd wager it does not relocate sufficient air. The common bathroom follower stirs half its ranked air circulation. If your bathroom follower isn't easily accessible from the attic room, opening up the ceiling is the only method to obtain at the duct and also fix it. Just what you see because photo below prevails for bath follower air ducts: drooping flex duct that makes a lot of turns. (That's not my brand-new follower, by the way.).

Fix other potentially unidentified repair needs.
A number of years ago we needed to do some plumbing help the bathtub in the hall restroom. When the plumbing technicians had the wall surface opened up, I asked to place shutoffs in on the hot and cold water lines to make sure that if anyone had here to work with that plumbing in the future, they wouldn't have to shut off the water to the entire structure.
So they place 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 for many years as well as always wondered why the stress was so low. Now I recognize. The plumbing professionals set up the valves yet then didn't open them totally. Those red manages ought to be straight in line with the pipelines. Good!

I also discovered that our ceiling had two 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 consist of asbestos.

And I found the original, gruesome wallpaper.

If you're remodeling a washroom, there a lot of excellent reasons to copulate and also digestive tract it entirely. That's what I'm doing. We're virtually ready to start shutting it back in, so remain tuned for more stories from the washroom.

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