Why You Need To Totally Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel

If your home is old enough for a shower room renovation, you may intend to proceed as well as entirely intestine it. I began my shower room remodel last month with a full demolition. If I hadn't, a number of problems would certainly have been inaccessible for repair service ... and even undiscovered. Here's just what I discovered when I opened up the wall surfaces as well as ceiling of my 1981 condo below in the Quad Cities.

Take care of plumbing shocks
Here's an additional thing I found. I'm not a pipes expert, yet I see a problem below. Imagine if that area of common drainpipe line for our back-to-back sinks obtained blocked. Currently think of running a snake in there from one sink. Do you assume it would make the turn? Most likely not. We transformed it out and balance out both.

Repair termite damage
When I opened up the outside wall surface, I found termite damage in 2 places: the king stud, jack stud, and paralyze on the bath tub side of the window and the jack stud on the other side of the window. The bright side is that the damage was done long ago. As long as I've lived below, the proprietors' association has actually stayed on top of termite treatment as well as tracking, however I comprehend there was a period when they really did not. Hence the damage I discovered.

Replace decomposed subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall, I also discovered rotten subflooring near the tub. This was mostly from obtaining as well wet, and also I believed it due to the fact that ceramic tiles had begun popping up because area.

Offset no or little insulation
I understood we had insulation in our wall surfaces. I believed it was R-11 fiberglass batts because our upstairs next-door neighbor's icemaker had a bad leakage a couple of years back, taking out fifty percent of our laundry room ceiling as well as part of the wall surface. The typical wall surface had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the walls did, also. I knew they had insulation because I've examined behind switch and receptacle plates.
I got a little shock when I took the drywall off of that outside restroom wall as well as saw this:

This is in fact a good thing, in a way, since it indicates I'll obtain even more Bathroom Remodeling renovation compared to I assumed I was getting.

Seal up the air leakages
Yes, our 1981 apartment is dripping. I learnt about the big tub holes and various other pipes penetrations since I've seen them from the basement. I really did not recognize that the walls were sheathed with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that supplied lots of air leakage paths. Once again, viewing the bright side, that means I'll have the ability to make even more improvement compared to I 'd thought.

I can not wait to do a blower door test when it's all done. Unfortunately, I will not be able to separate out the renovation due only to my restroom job. The owners' organization just had the whole flooring sealed with spray foam insulation. I'm thinking our overall air leak will be around half of just what it was.

Install an exhaust fan and also fix ductwork
Did I mention our apartment was built in the 80's? The master bath has a home window, so normally, it didn't require an exhaust follower, right? Wrong. I've got over a year of information on temperature level and also family member moisture because washroom without an exhaust fan. Now I'm placing one in and will certainly collect much more data. Stay tuned for the results.

But even if your restroom already has a follower, I would certainly wager it does not relocate enough air. The normal bath fan stirs half its rated air flow. If your bathroom follower isn't accessible from the attic, opening up the ceiling is the only way to obtain at the duct as well as repair it. Exactly what you see because image listed below is common for bathroom follower ducts: sagging flex duct that makes too many turns. (That's not my new fan, incidentally.).

Address other potentially unidentified repair needs.
A number of years ago we needed to do some plumbing benefit the tub in the hall washroom. When the plumbings had the wall opened up, I asked to place valves 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 structure.
So they place in the valves. When I opened up the wall, I saw them as well as took this picture:.

I would certainly utilize that shower a few times for many years as well as always asked yourself why the pressure was so reduced. Now I recognize. The plumbing professionals set up the shutoffs but after that really did not open them completely. Those red handles must be straight in accordance 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. Thankfully, it had not been a snacks ceiling, which could include asbestos.

And also I uncovered the original, ugly wallpaper.

If you're renovating a washroom, there a lot of great reasons to go all the way as well as digestive tract it entirely. That's just what I'm doing. We're almost ready to begin shutting it back in, so remain tuned for even more stories from the shower room.

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