Why You Must Totally Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel

If your house is old sufficient for a restroom restoration, you could intend to go ahead and totally digestive tract it. I began my washroom remodel last month with a full demolition. If I had not, a variety of problems would have been unavailable for repair work ... and even undiscovered. 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 surprises
Below's one more thing I located. I'm not a pipes specialist, however I see an issue below. Think of if that area of typical drain line for our back-to-back sinks obtained blocked. Now think of running a snake in there from one sink. Do you think it would certainly make the turn? Most likely not. We changed it out and also balance out the two.

Repair termite damages
When I opened up the exterior wall surface, I discovered termite damages in two places: the king stud, jack stud, as well as cripple on the bathtub side of the home window and 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 proprietors' association has actually kept up with termite therapy and tracking, but I comprehend there was a duration when they didn't. Therefore the damage I discovered.

Change rotted subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall surface, I also discovered rotten subflooring near the bath tub. This was mostly from getting as well damp, and also I thought it since tiles had started appearing because location.

Make up for no or little insulation
I knew we had insulation in our walls. I believed it was R-11 fiberglass batts since our upstairs next-door neighbor's icemaker had a negative leak a few years ago, getting half of our laundry room ceiling as well as part of the wall surface. The usual wall had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the walls did, also. I recognized they had insulation due to the fact that I have actually inspected behind switch and also receptacle plates.
I got a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that exterior restroom wall surface as well as saw this:

This is in fact a good idea, in a way, due to the fact that it means I'll get even more improvement than I thought I was getting.

Seal the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 apartment is leaking. I knew about the huge tub openings and also other pipes infiltrations since I've seen them from the cellar. I really did not understand that the wall surfaces were covered with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that gave great deals of air leakage pathways. Again, looking on the silver lining, that implies I'll have the ability to make even more renovation than I would certainly assumed.

I can't wait to do a blower door examination when it's all done. Sadly, I will not have the ability to separate out the improvement due only to my bathroom job. The proprietors' organization just had the entire floor sealed with spray foam insulation. I'm guessing our complete air leakage will certainly be around half of exactly what it was.

Install an exhaust fan as well as repair ductwork
Did I mention our apartment was constructed in the 80's? The master bath has a window, so naturally, it didn't require an exhaust fan, right? Incorrect. I've overcome a year of information on temperature level and also family member moisture in that washroom without an exhaust follower. Now I'm putting one in and also will accumulate much more information. Keep tuned for the results.

Yet even if your restroom currently has a follower, I would certainly bet it does not move sufficient air. The regular bathroom follower moves about half its rated air flow. If your bathroom follower isn't obtainable from the attic room, opening up the ceiling is the only method to get at the duct and fix it. Just what you see in that picture listed below is common for bathroom follower ducts: sagging flex air duct that makes too many turns. (That's not my new fan, by the way.).

Fix other potentially unknown repair needs.
Numerous years ago we had to do some pipes help the bathtub in the hall restroom. When the plumbings had the wall opened up, I asked them to put valves know the cold and hot water lines so that if any individual needed to service that pipes in the future, they would not need to shut off the water to the entire structure.
So they place in the shutoffs. When I opened the wall surface, I saw them as well as took this photo:.

I 'd utilize that shower a few times throughout the years and always wondered why the pressure was so low. Now I comprehend. The plumbings installed the valves but after that really did not open them totally. Those red manages ought to be straight according to the pipes. Good!

I also located that our ceiling had two layers of drywall. We have here a smooth ceiling throughout our condo, but the initial ceiling was stippled. The good news is, it had not been a snacks ceiling, which might contain asbestos.

As well as I discovered the initial, gruesome wallpaper.

If you're remodeling a shower room, there a great deal of excellent needs to go all the way and also digestive tract it totally. That's what I'm doing. We're virtually prepared to start shutting it back in, so stay tuned for even more tales from the shower room.

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