Why You Should Totally Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel

If your residence is old sufficient for a bathroom improvement, you may wish to proceed and also completely digestive tract it. I began 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 even undiscovered. Right here's exactly what I discovered when I opened the walls and ceiling of my 1981 condominium right here in the Quad Cities.

Take care of pipes shocks
Below's an additional point I located. I'm not a pipes specialist, yet I see a trouble below. Picture if that section of common drain line for our back-to-back sinks got clogged. Currently imagine running a snake in there from one sink. Do you think it would certainly make the turn? Possibly not. We transformed it out and also balance out the two.

Repair termite damage
When I opened up the outside wall surface, I located termite damage in two places: the king stud, jack stud, and maim on the bath tub side of the home window as well as the jack stud on the other side of the home window. The bright side is that the damages was done long ago. As long as I've lived here, the proprietors' organization has stayed on top of termite treatment and surveillance, however I understand there was a duration when they really did not. Thus the damages I found.

Change decomposed subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall surface, I likewise found rotten subflooring near the bath tub. This was mainly from obtaining as well wet, as well as I thought it due to the fact that ceramic tiles had begun popping up because area.

Make up for no or little insulation
I recognized we had insulation in our walls. I assumed it was R-11 fiberglass batts since our upstairs next-door neighbor's icemaker had a poor leakage a few years earlier, getting fifty percent of our laundry room ceiling as well as part of the wall. The typical wall surface had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the wall surfaces did, too. I understood they had insulation due to the fact that I've inspected behind button as well as receptacle plates.
I obtained a little shock when I took the drywall off of that exterior shower room wall surface and saw this:

This is in fact a good thing, in a manner, due to the fact that it means I'll get more renovation than I thought I was going to get.

Seal up the air leakages
Yes, our 1981 condo is leaking. I understood about the big bath tub openings and other plumbing penetrations since I have actually seen them from the cellar. I really did not know that the walls were sheathed with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that supplied great deals of air leak paths. Once more, viewing on the silver lining, that means I'll be able to make more improvement than I 'd thought.

I can't wait to do a blower door examination when it's all done. Unfortunately, I won't be able to separate out the improvement due only to my bathroom job. The proprietors' organization simply had the entire floor sealed with spray foam insulation. I'm guessing our total air leak will certainly be around half of just what it was.

Set up an exhaust fan as well as fix ductwork
Did I mention our condo was constructed in the 80's? The master bathroom has a window, so naturally, it didn't require an exhaust fan, right? Wrong. I have actually overcome a year of data on temperature and also loved one humidity in that washroom without an exhaust follower. Now I'm placing one in as well as will certainly accumulate here extra information. Stay tuned for the outcomes.

However even if your restroom currently has a follower, I 'd bet it doesn't relocate enough air. The common bathroom fan stirs half its ranked air flow. If your bathroom fan isn't really available from the attic room, opening up the ceiling is the only means to get at the air duct as well as repair it. Exactly what you see because picture listed below is common for bathroom fan air ducts: sagging flex duct that makes way too many turns. (That's not my new follower, by the way.).

Address other potentially unknown repair needs.
Numerous years ago we had to do some plumbing benefit the tub in the hall shower room. When the plumbing technicians had the wall surface opened up, I asked them to place valves in on the cold and hot water lines so that if anybody had to work on that plumbing in the future, they would not have to turn off the water to the whole structure.
So they place in the valves. When I opened the wall surface, I saw them and took this photo:.

I would certainly utilize that shower a few times for many years as well as always asked yourself why the pressure was so low. Currently I comprehend. The plumbing professionals mounted the shutoffs but then didn't open them totally. Those red manages must be straight according to the pipes. Good!

I likewise discovered that our ceiling had 2 layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condo, but the initial ceiling was stippled. The good news is, it wasn't a snacks ceiling, which might have asbestos.

As well as I uncovered the initial, gruesome wallpaper.

If you're remodeling a restroom, there a great deal of excellent reasons to go all the way and also gut it totally. That's just what I'm doing. We're practically all set to begin shutting it back in, so stay tuned for more tales from the bathroom.

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