Why You Ought To Completely Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel



If your house is old enough for a washroom improvement, you could intend to proceed as well as entirely intestine it. I started my shower room remodel last month with a full demolition. If I hadn't, a number of troubles would certainly have been not available for repair service ... or even obscure. Right here's exactly what I located when I opened up the walls and ceiling of my 1981 condominium below in the Quad Cities.

Fix pipes surprises
Right here's another point I located. I'm not a plumbing expert, however I see an issue here. Visualize if that area of typical drainpipe line for our back-to-back sinks got blocked. Currently visualize running a snake in there from one sink. Do you assume it would certainly make the turn? Probably not. We changed it out and also counter both.

Repair termite damage
When I opened up the exterior wall surface, I found termite damage in two areas: the king stud, jack stud, and also maim on the bathtub side of the home window and also the jack stud beyond of the home window. The bright side is that the damage was done long ago. As long as I have actually lived right here, the owners' association has stayed up to date with termite therapy and monitoring, however I comprehend there was a period when they didn't. Hence the damages I located.

Replace rotted subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall surface, I additionally found rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was primarily from getting too damp, and I thought it since floor tiles had started turning up because area.

Offset no or little insulation
I recognized we had insulation in our walls. I thought it was R-11 fiberglass batts since our upstairs neighbor's icemaker had a poor leakage a couple of years ago, obtaining fifty percent of our laundry room ceiling and part of the wall. The common wall had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the wall surfaces did, also. I recognized they had insulation since I've inspected behind button as well as receptacle plates.
I got a little shock when I took the drywall off of that exterior shower room wall and also saw this:

This is in fact a good idea, in such a way, due to the fact that it suggests I'll get even more improvement compared to I assumed I was getting.

Seal the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 condo is dripping. I understood about the large bathtub holes and also other pipes infiltrations due to the fact that I have actually seen them from the cellar. I didn't know that the wall surfaces were sheathed with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that supplied lots of air leak pathways. Once again, searching the silver lining, that implies I'll be able to make more improvement than I would certainly thought.

I cannot wait to do a blower door examination when it's all done. Sadly, I won't have the ability to separate out the improvement due just to my washroom job. The owners' organization simply had the whole flooring secured with spray foam insulation. I'm guessing our total air leak will be around half of just what it was.

Set up an exhaust fan and also repair ductwork
Did I mention our apartment was integrated in the 80's? The master bath has a home window, so naturally, it really did not need an exhaust follower, right? Wrong. I've overcome a year of data on temperature level and loved one humidity because restroom without an exhaust fan. Now I'm placing one in as well as will certainly gather a lot more information. Stay tuned for the results.

But even if your bathroom currently has a follower, I 'd wager it does not move sufficient air. The normal bathroom follower moves about half its rated air flow. If your bathroom follower isn't really easily accessible from the attic room, opening up the ceiling is the only way to get at the duct and also repair it. Just what you see because image listed below is common for bathroom fan air ducts: drooping flex duct that makes a lot of turns. (That's not my new follower, by the way.).

Fix other potentially unidentified repair needs.
Several years ago we had to do some plumbing benefit the bathtub in the hall restroom. When the plumbings had the wall surface opened, I inquired to put valves in on the cold and hot water lines to make sure that if anyone had to deal with that pipes in the future, they would not need to switch off the water to the entire building.
So they put in the valves. When I opened up the wall, I saw them as well as took this picture:.



I 'd use that shower a few times for many years and also always wondered why the pressure was so reduced. Now I understand. The plumbers mounted the shutoffs yet after that didn't open them fully. Those red takes care of must be straight according to the pipelines. Wonderful!

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

As well as I discovered the original, gruesome wallpaper.

If you're renovating a bathroom, there a lot of good reasons to go all the way as well as gut it entirely. That's what I'm doing. We're virtually all set to begin shutting it back in, so remain tuned for more stories from the bathroom.

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