Why You Should Entirely Demo Your Restroom When You Remodel



If your house is old enough for a bathroom restoration, you might intend to go ahead and completely gut it. I started my bathroom remodel last month with a complete demolition. If I had not, a variety of troubles would certainly have been inaccessible for fixing ... or perhaps undiscovered. Right here's just what I found when I opened the wall surfaces and ceiling of my 1981 condominium here in the Quad Cities.

Deal with pipes surprises
Here's one more thing I located. I'm not a pipes specialist, however I see a trouble right here. Envision if that section of usual drain line for our back-to-back sinks got blocked. Now envision running a snake in there from one sink. Do you think it would certainly make the turn? Most likely not. We changed it out as well as offset the two.

Repair termite damage
When I opened the exterior wall, I found termite damages in two locations: the king stud, jack stud, and also cripple on the tub side of the home window as well as the jack stud beyond of the home window. The bright side is that the damage was done long ago. As long as I've lived here, the owners' organization has actually kept up with termite treatment as well as tracking, however I recognize there was a period when they really did not. Hence the damages I located.

Replace decomposed subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall, I additionally located rotten subflooring near the tub. This was mostly from getting too damp, and I presumed it because floor tiles had begun appearing in that location.

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 surface. The common wall surface had R-11 batts. I figured the remainder of the walls did, as well. I recognized they had insulation because I've checked behind button and receptacle plates.
I got a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that exterior washroom wall surface and saw this:

This is really a good idea, in such a way, because it implies I'll get more enhancement than I believed I was going to get.

Seal the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 condo is leaky. I understood about the large tub holes and other pipes infiltrations since I've seen them from the cellar. I really did not know that the wall surfaces were sheathed with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that provided lots of air leakage pathways. Again, looking on the bright side, that means I'll have the ability to make more renovation compared to I 'd believed.

I can't wait to do a blower door examination when it's all done. Regrettably, I will not be able to separate out the renovation due only to my washroom work. The owners' organization just had the whole flooring sealed with spray foam insulation. I'm thinking our complete air leakage will be around half of just what it was.

Install an exhaust fan and also fix ductwork
Did I discuss our apartment was built in the 80's? The master bath has a home window, so naturally, it didn't require an exhaust follower, right? Wrong. I have actually overcome a year of data on temperature level and also family member moisture in that bathroom without an exhaust fan. Now I'm putting one in as well as will gather extra information. Stay tuned for the results.

But even if your bathroom already has a follower, I would certainly wager it doesn't relocate sufficient air. The regular bath follower moves about half its rated air circulation. If your bathroom fan isn't easily accessible from the attic, opening up the ceiling is the only means to get at the duct and also fix it. What you see because photo listed below is common for bath follower ducts: drooping flex duct that makes way too many turns. (That's not my new follower, by the way.).

Address other potentially unknown repair needs.
Several years ago we had to do some pipes help the bathtub in the hall washroom. When the plumbings had the wall surface opened up, I asked to place shutoffs in on the cold and hot water lines so that if any person had to service that pipes in the future, they wouldn't have to shut off the water to the entire Dunlap Construciton structure.
So they put in the shutoffs. When I opened the wall, I saw them and took this picture:.



I would certainly utilize that shower a couple of times throughout the years and constantly questioned why the pressure was so reduced. Now I understand. The plumbing technicians mounted the valves yet then really did not open them totally. Those red manages ought to be straight in line with the pipes. Wonderful!

I also discovered that our ceiling had 2 layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condo, however the initial ceiling was stippled. Fortunately, it had not been a snacks ceiling, which can include asbestos.

As well as I uncovered the initial, hideous wallpaper.

If you're remodeling a shower room, there a great deal of excellent reasons to go all the way and gut it entirely. That's just what I'm doing. We're virtually prepared to begin closing it back in, so remain tuned for more tales from the bathroom.

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