Why You Should Totally Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel



If your house is old sufficient for a restroom restoration, you could want to go on as well as entirely gut it. I started my bathroom remodel last month with a total demolition. If I had not, a variety of troubles would certainly have been unavailable for repair work ... and even undiscovered. Right here's just what I located when I opened up the walls and also ceiling of my 1981 condo right here in the Quad Cities.

Take care of pipes shocks
Right here's an additional thing I discovered. I'm not a pipes professional, yet I see a trouble below. Imagine if that section of common drainpipe line for our back-to-back sinks obtained obstructed. Currently visualize running a snake in there from one sink. Do you assume it would certainly make the turn? Most likely not. We altered it out as well as offset the two.

Repair termite damages
When I opened the outside wall, I found termite damage in 2 areas: the king stud, jack stud, as well as paralyze on the bathtub side of the home window and also the jack stud beyond of the window. The good news is that the damage was done long ago. As long as I have actually lived right here, the owners' association has actually kept up with termite therapy as well as tracking, but I understand there was a period when they didn't. For this reason the damages I located.

Change rotted subflooring
Along with the termite-damaged wall, I also located rotten subflooring near the tub. This was primarily from obtaining too damp, and I believed it because ceramic tiles had started appearing in that location.

Offset no or little insulation
I recognized we had insulation in our walls. I believed it was R-11 fiberglass batts since our upstairs next-door neighbor's icemaker had a bad leakage a few years back, getting fifty percent of our laundry room ceiling and also part of the wall. The common wall had R-11 batts. I figured the remainder of the walls did, also. I recognized they had insulation because I've inspected behind button and also receptacle plates.
I obtained a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that outside shower room wall and also saw this:

This is actually an advantage, in such a way, due to the fact that it implies I'll obtain even more improvement than I believed I was getting.

Seal up the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 condo is leaking. I found out about the big bathtub holes as well as various other pipes infiltrations due to the fact that I've seen them from the basement. I didn't know that the walls were covered with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that supplied great deals of air leak paths. Once again, viewing the bright side, that indicates I'll be able to make more renovation compared to I would certainly thought.

I can't wait to do a blower door examination when it's all done. Regrettably, I won't have the ability to separate out the renovation due just to my washroom job. The proprietors' association just had the entire flooring secured with spray foam insulation. I'm thinking our overall air leak will certainly be around half of exactly what it was.

Mount an exhaust fan and also fix ductwork
Did I mention our condominium was integrated in the 80's? The master bath has a window, so naturally, it didn't require an exhaust follower, right? Incorrect. I've overcome a year of information on temperature and also family member moisture in that shower room without an Dunlap exhaust fan. Now I'm putting one in and also will certainly gather more data. Keep tuned for the outcomes.

However even if your restroom currently has a follower, I would certainly wager it doesn't relocate enough air. The typical bathroom fan moves about half its ranked air flow. If your bathroom fan isn't really easily accessible from the attic, opening the ceiling is the only way to obtain at the duct as well as repair it. Exactly what you see because picture listed below is common for bath fan air ducts: sagging flex duct that makes way too many turns. (That's not my new follower, by the way.).

Fix other potentially unknown repair needs.
A number of years ago we had to do some plumbing benefit the bathtub in the hall washroom. When the plumbing professionals had the wall surface opened up, I asked them to put valves know the hot and cold water lines to ensure that if any person had to service that pipes in the future, they wouldn't have to switch off the water to the entire building.
So they put in the shutoffs. When I opened the wall, I saw them and took this picture:.



I 'd make use of that shower a couple of times for many years and also constantly questioned why the pressure was so low. Now I understand. The plumbers mounted the shutoffs however then didn't open them totally. Those red deals with must be straight in line with the pipes. Nice!

I additionally located that our ceiling had 2 layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condo, but the initial ceiling was stippled. Luckily, it wasn't a popcorn ceiling, which can consist of asbestos.

As well as I found the initial, hideous wallpaper.

If you're redesigning a washroom, there a great deal of good needs to go all the way and intestine it completely. That's what I'm doing. We're practically prepared to begin shutting it back in, so stay tuned for even more stories from the bathroom.

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