Why You Need To Totally Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel

If your home is old enough for a washroom improvement, you could want to go on as well as totally intestine it. I began my washroom remodel last month with a total demolition. If I hadn't, a number of issues would have been inaccessible for repair ... or perhaps obscure. Right here's just what I located when I opened the walls and ceiling of my 1981 condo here in the Quad Cities.

Fix pipes surprises
Here's another point I discovered. I'm not a plumbing specialist, but I see a trouble right here. Imagine if that area of typical drain line for our back-to-back sinks obtained blocked. Currently picture running a snake in there from one sink. Do you assume it would certainly make the turn? Possibly not. We changed it out and counter both.

Repair termite damages
When I opened up the exterior wall, I located termite damage in two areas: the king stud, jack stud, and also maim on the bathtub side of the window and also the jack stud beyond of the home 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 stayed on par with termite treatment and tracking, however I comprehend there was a period when they didn't. Therefore the damage I found.

Change decomposed subflooring
Along with the termite-damaged wall, I likewise located rotten subflooring near the tub. This was mostly from obtaining also damp, as well as I suspected it because floor tiles had begun appearing in that area.

Make up for no or little insulation
I recognized we had insulation in our walls. I assumed it was R-11 fiberglass batts because our upstairs next-door neighbor's icemaker had a bad leak a few years back, securing half of our utility room ceiling and also part of the wall. The common wall had R-11 batts. I figured the remainder of the wall surfaces did, too. I understood they had insulation since I have actually checked behind switch as well as receptacle plates.
I obtained a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that outside bathroom wall and also saw this:

This is really a good thing, in a way, due to the fact that it implies I'll obtain even more enhancement compared to I assumed I was getting.

Seal up the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 apartment is leaking. I learnt about the big tub openings and also various other plumbing infiltrations due to the fact that I've seen them from the basement. I didn't know that the walls were sheathed with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that gave lots of air leakage pathways. Once more, viewing on the silver lining, that indicates I'll be able to make more enhancement than I would certainly believed.

I cannot wait to do a blower door test when it's all done. However, I will not be able to separate out the renovation due just to my restroom work. The owners' association just had the entire flooring secured with spray foam insulation. I'm thinking our complete air leakage will be around half of what it was.

Set up an exhaust follower and also fix ductwork
Did I discuss our apartment was constructed in the 80's? The master bathroom has a home window, so normally, it really did not require an exhaust fan, right? Wrong. I've got over a year of data on temperature level and also relative humidity in that restroom without an exhaust fan. Now I'm putting one in and will collect much more data. Stay tuned for the results.

But even if your shower room already has a fan, I would certainly bet it does not move enough air. The typical bathroom follower moves about half its rated air circulation. If your bath fan isn't really available from the attic room, opening the ceiling is the only method to obtain at the air duct and repair it. Exactly what you see in that image below prevails for bath follower ducts: drooping flex duct that makes too many turns. (That's not my brand-new fan, by the way.).

Solve other potentially unknown repair needs.
Several years ago we had to do some pipes work for the tub in the hall restroom. When the plumbers had the wall opened, I inquired to put valves know the hot and cold water lines so that if anybody needed to work with that pipes in the future, they would not have to turn off the water to the whole building.
So they put in the shutoffs. When I opened up the wall surface, I saw them as well as took this photo:.

I 'd make use of that shower a couple of times for many years and also always asked yourself why the stress was so low. Currently I understand. The plumbing technicians installed the valves but after that really did not open them totally. Those red manages ought to be straight click here according to the pipes. Great!

I additionally located that our ceiling had 2 layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condominium, however the original ceiling was stippled. Luckily, it had not been a popcorn ceiling, which could have asbestos.

And I found the original, ugly wallpaper.

If you're redesigning a shower room, there a great deal of excellent reasons to copulate and also gut it totally. That's exactly what I'm doing. We're nearly ready to begin shutting it back in, so stay tuned for more stories from the bathroom.

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