Why You Need To Totally Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel



If your house is old sufficient for a shower room improvement, you could wish to go on as well as completely intestine it. I started my shower room remodel last month with a total demolition. If I had not, a number of issues would certainly have been not available for fixing ... or even undiscovered. Below's what I located when I opened up the wall surfaces and ceiling of my 1981 condominium below in the Quad Cities.

Take care of pipes surprises
Here's one more thing I located. I'm not a pipes professional, but I see a trouble here. Think of if that area of common drain line for our back-to-back sinks got obstructed. Currently envision running a snake in there from one sink. Do you assume it would make the turn? Possibly not. We transformed it out and balance out both.

Repair termite damage
When I opened up the exterior wall surface, I located termite damages in 2 places: the king stud, jack stud, as well as paralyze on the tub side of the home window as well as the jack stud beyond of the home window. The good news is that the damages was done long ago. As long as I have actually lived here, the owners' organization has actually stayed up to date with termite therapy as well as tracking, however I comprehend there was a period when they didn't. Therefore the damages I discovered.

Replace decayed subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall surface, I additionally discovered rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was mostly from obtaining as well wet, and also I believed it due to the fact that ceramic tiles had actually started popping up because area.

Offset no or little insulation
I understood we had insulation in our walls. I thought it was R-11 fiberglass batts due to the fact that our upstairs neighbor's icemaker had a negative leak a couple of years back, getting fifty percent of our laundry room ceiling and also part of the wall. The typical wall surface had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the wall surfaces did, also. I knew they had insulation due to the fact that I've inspected behind button and also receptacle plates.
I got a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that exterior bathroom wall surface and also saw this:

This is really a good idea, in such a way, due to the fact that it means I'll obtain more enhancement compared to I thought I was going to get.

Seal the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 condo is leaky. I knew about the large bathtub openings and also other plumbing penetrations because I have actually seen them from the cellar. I didn't recognize that the wall surfaces were encased with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that offered lots of air leak pathways. Once more, viewing the silver lining, that implies I'll have the ability to make more renovation than I would certainly believed.

I can not 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 just to my washroom work. The proprietors' association just had the whole flooring secured with spray foam insulation. I'm thinking our overall air leakage will certainly be around half of what it was.

Set up an exhaust follower and solution ductwork
Did I mention our condo was constructed in the 80's? The master bath has a home window, so naturally, it didn't need an exhaust follower, right? Wrong. I have actually overcome a year of data on temperature level and loved one humidity in that washroom without an exhaust fan. Now I'm putting one in as well as will gather much more data. Keep tuned for the results.

But even if your restroom already has a follower, I 'd bet it does not move enough air. The typical bath follower stirs half its ranked air flow. If your bathroom fan isn't really available from the attic room, opening the ceiling is the only way to obtain at the air duct as well as fix it. Just what you see because photo below is common for bath fan air ducts: sagging flex air duct that makes way too many turns. (That's not my brand-new follower, incidentally.).

Resolve other potentially unknown repair needs.
Numerous years ago we had to do some plumbing work for the bathtub in the hall shower room. When the plumbers had the wall opened, I inquired to place valves in on the cold and hot water lines to make sure that if any individual had to deal with that pipes in the future, they would not have to shut off the water to the entire building.
So they place in Dunlap the shutoffs. When I opened the wall surface, I saw them and also took this photo:.



I would certainly utilize that shower a few times throughout the years and also constantly asked yourself why the pressure was so low. Now I understand. The plumbings set up the shutoffs however after that really did not open them completely. Those red manages must be straight in accordance with the pipelines. Great!

I likewise found that our ceiling had 2 layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our apartment, however the original ceiling was stippled. Thankfully, it had not been a snacks ceiling, which could contain asbestos.

And also I found the original, gruesome wallpaper.

If you're redesigning a washroom, there a great deal of good needs to go all the way and also digestive tract it completely. That's exactly what I'm doing. We're practically all set to start shutting it back in, so stay tuned for even more tales from the shower room.

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