Why You Need To Completely Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel



If your home is old sufficient for a shower room renovation, you might intend to go ahead as well as entirely intestine it. I started my restroom remodel last month with a complete demolition. If I hadn't, a number of issues would have been not available for repair work ... or perhaps obscure. Below's what I discovered when I opened up the walls and ceiling of my 1981 condo below in the Quad Cities.

Fix pipes shocks
Right here's one more thing I located. I'm not a pipes professional, however I see a problem below. Think of if that area of typical drain line for our back-to-back sinks got clogged. Now picture running a snake in there from one sink. Do you believe it would certainly make the turn? Possibly not. We changed it out and also offset both.

Repair termite damage
When I opened up the exterior wall surface, I found termite damage in two places: the king stud, jack stud, and cripple on the bathtub side of the home window and the jack stud beyond of the window. Fortunately is that the damage was done long ago. As long as I have actually lived here, the owners' association has stayed on par with termite therapy and also tracking, but I comprehend there was a period when they really did not. For this reason the damages I found.

Replace rotted subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall, I likewise located rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was mostly from obtaining also damp, as well as I presumed it due to the fact that floor tiles had started turning up in that location.

Offset no or little insulation
I understood we had insulation in our wall surfaces. I thought it was R-11 fiberglass batts due to the fact that our upstairs next-door neighbor's icemaker had a poor leakage a couple of years back, obtaining fifty percent of our utility room ceiling as well as part of the wall. The usual wall surface had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the wall surfaces did, as well. I understood they had insulation since I have actually checked behind switch and also receptacle plates.
I obtained a little shock when I took the drywall off of that outside washroom wall surface as well as saw this:

This is actually a good idea, in a manner, due to the fact that it suggests I'll get even more improvement than I believed I was getting.

Seal up the air leakages
Yes, our 1981 apartment is dripping. I understood about the large bath tub openings as well as other plumbing penetrations because I have actually seen them from the cellar. I really did not understand that the walls were sheathed with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that gave lots of air leakage paths. Once again, viewing the bright side, that means I'll have the ability to make even more enhancement compared to I would certainly thought.

I can not wait to do a blower door test when it's all done. Unfortunately, I will not be able to separate out the renovation due only to my bathroom job. The proprietors' association simply had the whole floor sealed with spray foam insulation. I'm guessing 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 mention our condominium was constructed in the 80's? The master bath has a window, so normally, it really did not need an exhaust fan, right? Incorrect. I have actually got over a year of information on temperature as well as family member moisture in that bathroom without an exhaust follower. Currently I'm putting one in and also will gather a lot more information. Keep tuned for the outcomes.

Yet even if your washroom currently has a fan, I 'd wager it doesn't move sufficient air. The common bath follower stirs half its rated air flow. If your bath fan isn't really available from the attic, opening the ceiling is the only method to get at the air duct and also fix it. What you see because picture below prevails for bath follower ducts: drooping flex duct that makes too many turns. (That's not my brand-new fan, incidentally.).

Solve other potentially unidentified repair needs.
A number of years ago we had to do some pipes benefit the bathtub in the hall washroom. When the plumbings had the wall opened, I asked to put valves know the cold and hot water lines to ensure that if anyone had to work with that plumbing in the future, they would not need to turn off the water to the whole structure.
So they place in the shutoffs. When I opened the wall, I saw them as well as took this picture:.



I would certainly utilize that shower a couple of times throughout the years and also always asked yourself why the pressure was so reduced. Currently I comprehend. The plumbers mounted the Dunlap Construciton shutoffs yet then really did not open them fully. Those red handles need to be straight in accordance with the pipes. Nice!

I also located that our ceiling had 2 layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condominium, but the initial ceiling was stippled. Thankfully, it wasn't a snacks ceiling, which could have asbestos.

And also I found the initial, horrible wallpaper.

If you're remodeling a bathroom, 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 almost all set to start shutting it back in, so stay tuned for even more stories from the shower room.

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