Why You Need To Completely Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel

If your home is old enough for a washroom remodelling, you might intend to proceed and totally gut it. I started my washroom remodel last month with a complete demolition. If I hadn't, a number of troubles would certainly have been not available for repair service ... or even undiscovered. Below's just what I found when I opened the walls as well as ceiling of my 1981 condominium below in the Quad Cities.

Repair plumbing shocks
Right here's one more thing I located. I'm not a pipes specialist, but I see a problem below. Envision if that area of typical drain line for our back-to-back sinks obtained blocked. Now picture running a snake in there from one sink. Do you believe it would make the turn? Probably not. We transformed it out and also balance out the two.

Repair termite damages
When I opened up the exterior wall surface, I located termite damage in two areas: the king stud, jack stud, and cripple on the tub side of the window as well as the jack stud on the other side of the window. The bright side is that the damages was done long ago. As long as I have actually lived below, the proprietors' association has actually stayed on top of termite therapy and tracking, but I understand there was a period when they didn't. Hence the damages I located.

Change rotted subflooring
Along with the termite-damaged wall surface, I likewise found rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was mostly from getting too wet, and also I suspected it because ceramic tiles had begun appearing because area.

Make up for no or little insulation
I knew we had insulation in our wall surfaces. I thought it was R-11 fiberglass batts since our upstairs neighbor's icemaker had a poor leakage a couple of years back, securing half of our laundry room ceiling and also part of the wall surface. The usual wall had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the walls did, too. I recognized they had insulation because I have actually examined behind button as well as receptacle plates.
I obtained a little shock when I took the drywall off of that exterior shower room wall as well as saw this:

This is actually an advantage, in such a way, since it means I'll obtain even more enhancement compared to I thought I was getting.

Seal up the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 condominium is dripping. I understood about the big bath tub holes as well as various other pipes penetrations since I have actually seen them from the cellar. I didn't know that the walls were covered with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that gave lots of air leak paths. Once again, viewing the bright side, that implies I'll have the ability to make even more renovation compared to I would Dunlap certainly believed.

I cannot wait to do a blower door test when it's all done. Regrettably, I won't be able to separate out the improvement due just to my bathroom job. The proprietors' association just had the entire flooring sealed with spray foam insulation. I'm guessing our total air leak will be around half of what it was.

Set up an exhaust fan 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 require an exhaust follower, right? Wrong. I've overcome a year of data on temperature level and loved one humidity because restroom without an exhaust follower. Now I'm placing one in and will certainly collect a lot more data. Remain tuned for the outcomes.

But even if your washroom already has a fan, I would certainly wager it doesn't relocate sufficient air. The common bathroom follower stirs half its rated air flow. If your bathroom follower isn't available from the attic, opening up the ceiling is the only way to get at the duct and also repair it. Just what you see in that photo below prevails for bathroom fan air ducts: sagging flex air duct that makes too many turns. (That's not my new fan, incidentally.).

Address other potentially unidentified repair needs.
Numerous years ago we needed to do some pipes benefit the bathtub in the hall washroom. When the plumbing professionals had the wall opened up, I asked to place shutoffs in on the hot and cold water lines so that if anyone needed to work with that pipes in the future, they wouldn't have to switch off the water to the whole structure.
So they place in the valves. When I opened up the wall, I saw them as well as took this image:.

I would certainly utilize that shower a few times for many years and also always questioned why the pressure was so low. Now I comprehend. The plumbing professionals mounted the shutoffs but then didn't open them completely. Those red manages must be straight in accordance with the pipelines. Great!

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

And also I found the original, hideous wallpaper.

If you're redesigning a washroom, there a great deal of good reasons to go all the way and also intestine it totally. That's what I'm doing. We're virtually prepared to start shutting it back in, so stay tuned for more tales from the shower room.

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