Why You Should Completely Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel

If your house is old sufficient for a shower room remodelling, you could intend to proceed and also completely intestine it. I began my bathroom remodel last month with a complete demolition. If I had not, a variety of issues would have been unavailable for repair ... or even obscure. Right here's what I located when I opened up the walls and also ceiling of my 1981 condominium here in the Quad Cities.

Fix pipes surprises
Below's another thing I discovered. I'm not a pipes professional, however I see a trouble right here. Envision if that section of usual drainpipe line for our back-to-back sinks got blocked. Currently 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 both.

Repair termite damages
When I opened up the outside wall, I discovered termite damage in two areas: the king stud, jack stud, and cripple on the tub side of the window and the jack stud on the other side of the window. The bright side is that the damages was done long ago. As long as I've lived below, the owners' association has actually stayed up to date with termite therapy as well as surveillance, but I recognize there was a duration when they really did not. Thus the damage I located.

Replace deteriorated subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall, I additionally found rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was primarily from obtaining too damp, as well as I presumed it since tiles had begun appearing because area.

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

This is in fact a good thing, in a manner, due to the fact that it means I'll get more improvement than I thought I was going to get.

Seal the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 condo is leaky. I understood about the large bath tub openings as well as other plumbing penetrations because I have actually seen them from the cellar. I didn't know that the wall surfaces were covered with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that supplied lots of air leakage pathways. Once again, viewing on the silver lining, that indicates I'll have the ability to make even more renovation compared to I 'd assumed.

I can't wait to do a blower door examination when it's all done. Regrettably, I won't be able to separate out the enhancement due only to my restroom job. The proprietors' association simply had the whole floor sealed with spray foam insulation. I'm thinking our complete air leakage will certainly be around half of what it was.

Set up an exhaust fan and also solution ductwork
Did I mention our condo was integrated in the 80's? The master bathroom has a home window, so normally, it didn't require an exhaust follower, right? Incorrect. I have actually got over a year of data on temperature as well as loved one humidity because bathroom without an exhaust fan. Now I'm putting one in and will collect a lot more information. Remain tuned for the outcomes.

However even if your shower room currently has a follower, I 'd bet it does not move enough air. The common bath follower stirs half its rated air flow. If your bathroom fan isn't really available from the attic room, opening the ceiling is the only method to get at the air duct and fix it. Just what you see in that photo below prevails for bath fan air ducts: sagging flex air duct that makes a lot of turns. (That's not my new follower, by the way.).

Resolve other potentially unidentified repair needs.
A number of years ago we had to do some pipes work for the bathtub in the hall restroom. When the plumbing professionals had the wall opened, I asked them to place shutoffs in on the hot and cold water lines to make sure that if any individual needed to service that pipes in the future, they wouldn't have to switch off the water to the entire building.
So they put in the shutoffs. When I opened up the wall, I saw them and also took this image:.

I 'd utilize that shower a couple of times throughout the years and constantly questioned why the stress was so low. Currently I comprehend. The plumbings mounted the valves however then really did not open them fully. Those red handles must be straight in line with the pipes. Wonderful!

I also discovered that our ceiling had 2 layers of drywall. We have a Dunlap smooth ceiling throughout our condo, however the initial ceiling was stippled. Thankfully, it had not been a popcorn ceiling, which could consist of asbestos.

And also I discovered the original, ugly wallpaper.

If you're redesigning a bathroom, there a lot of great needs to copulate as well as intestine it entirely. That's just what I'm doing. We're almost ready to start shutting it back in, so remain tuned for more tales from the shower room.

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