Why You Must Completely Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel

If your house is old sufficient for a shower room renovation, you could want to go on as well as entirely gut it. I started my restroom remodel last month with a total demolition. If I had not, a variety of issues would have been not available for fixing ... or perhaps obscure. Here's what I found when I opened the wall surfaces as well as ceiling of my 1981 condominium right here in the Quad Cities.

Take care of plumbing shocks
Below's an additional thing I found. I'm not a pipes specialist, however I see an issue here. Think of if that section of typical drain line for our back-to-back sinks got obstructed. Now visualize running a snake in there from one sink. Do you believe it would make the turn? Probably not. We altered it out and offset both.

Repair termite damage
When I opened the outside wall, I found termite damage in two areas: the king stud, jack stud, and maim on the tub side of the home window and the jack stud on the other side of the home window. Fortunately is that the damages was done long ago. As long as I've lived below, the owners' association has actually stayed up to date with termite treatment and also monitoring, however I recognize there was a duration when they didn't. For this reason the damages I found.

Replace deteriorated subflooring
Along with the termite-damaged wall surface, I likewise located rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was mostly from getting as well damp, and also I suspected it since ceramic tiles had actually begun appearing in that area.

Make up for no or little insulation
I understood we had insulation in our wall surfaces. I believed it was R-11 fiberglass batts because our upstairs neighbor's icemaker had a poor leak a few years back, securing fifty percent of our laundry room ceiling and part of the wall surface. The typical wall had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the wall surfaces did, also. I understood they had insulation since I've checked behind button and also 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 really an advantage, in a way, due to the fact that it suggests I'll get more renovation than I assumed I was going to get.

Seal the air leakages
Yes, our 1981 condominium is leaky. I knew about the large bathtub openings and various other plumbing infiltrations because I've seen them from the cellar. I didn't recognize that the walls were encased with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that offered great deals of air leakage pathways. Once more, searching the silver lining, that implies I'll have the ability to make even more renovation compared to 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 renovation due just to my restroom work. The owners' organization simply had the entire flooring secured with spray foam insulation. I'm presuming our total air leakage will be around half of exactly what it was.

Set up an exhaust fan as well as repair ductwork
Did I discuss our condominium was constructed in the 80's? The master bathroom has a home window, so naturally, it didn't need an exhaust follower, right? Incorrect. I've got over a year of information on temperature as well as family member humidity in that bathroom without an exhaust follower. Currently I'm putting one in and will collect extra data. Keep tuned for the outcomes.

However even if your restroom already has a follower, I would certainly wager it does not relocate enough air. The typical bathroom fan moves about half its ranked air flow. Dunlap Construciton If your bathroom fan isn't really accessible from the attic, opening the ceiling is the only method to get at the air duct and repair it. Just what you see in that image below prevails for bath fan air ducts: sagging flex air duct that makes too many turns. (That's not my brand-new fan, by the way.).

Address other potentially unknown repair needs.
Numerous years ago we had to do some plumbing benefit the tub in the hall bathroom. When the plumbing technicians had the wall opened up, I asked to place shutoffs know the cold and hot water lines to ensure that if any person had to deal with that pipes in the future, they would not have to switch off the water to the entire structure.
So they place in the shutoffs. When I opened the wall surface, I saw them and took this picture:.

I would certainly utilize that shower a few times over the years and also always wondered why the stress was so low. Currently I comprehend. The plumbings installed the valves yet then didn't open them completely. Those red deals with must be straight according to the pipelines. Good!

I also discovered that our ceiling had 2 layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condo, however the initial ceiling was stippled. Thankfully, it had not been a snacks ceiling, which could have asbestos.

As well as I uncovered the original, horrible wallpaper.

If you're redesigning a restroom, there a great deal of good reasons to go all the way as well as intestine it entirely. That's what I'm doing. We're nearly prepared to start shutting it back in, so remain tuned for even more tales from the bathroom.

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