Why You Ought To Completely Demo Your Bathroom When You Remodel

If your house is old sufficient for a washroom renovation, you may want to go on as well as 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 not available for repair service ... and even undiscovered. Here's what I found when I opened the wall surfaces as well as ceiling of my 1981 condominium here in the Quad Cities.

Take care of plumbing surprises
Here's an additional thing I found. I'm not a pipes specialist, however I see an issue here. Picture if that section of usual drainpipe line for our back-to-back sinks got blocked. Now visualize running a snake in there from one sink. Do you assume it would make the turn? Probably not. We transformed it out as well as offset both.

Repair termite damage
When I opened the exterior wall surface, I discovered termite damage in 2 places: the king stud, jack stud, and also paralyze on the bathtub side of the home window and the jack stud beyond of the window. The bright side is that the damage was done long ago. As long as I have actually lived right here, the proprietors' association has actually kept up with termite therapy and monitoring, yet I comprehend there was a duration when they didn't. Therefore the damage I located.

Replace decomposed subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall, I additionally found rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was mainly from obtaining too damp, and also I thought it due to the fact that tiles had actually begun popping up in that location.

Offset no or little insulation
I knew we had insulation in our wall surfaces. I assumed it was R-11 fiberglass batts due to the fact that our upstairs neighbor's icemaker had a poor leakage a couple of years earlier, getting fifty percent of our utility room ceiling and also part of the wall. The typical wall had R-11 batts. I figured the remainder of the wall surfaces did, too. I knew they had insulation since I have actually examined behind button and also receptacle plates.
I got a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that outside washroom wall surface and saw this:

This is actually a good thing, in such a way, due to the fact that it indicates I'll get more renovation than I thought I was going to get.

Seal the air leakages
Yes, our 1981 apartment is leaky. I understood about the big bath tub openings as well as other pipes infiltrations since I've seen them from the cellar. I really did not know that the walls were encased with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that offered great deals of air leak pathways. Again, viewing on the bright side, that indicates I'll have the ability to make more renovation than I 'd believed.

I cannot wait to do a blower door test when it's all done. Regrettably, I won't have the ability to separate out the improvement due only to my shower room job. The proprietors' association just had the entire floor secured with spray foam insulation. I'm guessing our overall air leakage will certainly be around half of exactly what it was.

Set up an exhaust follower and solution ductwork
Did I mention our condominium was integrated in the 80's? The master bath has a window, so normally, it didn't require an exhaust fan, right? Wrong. I have actually got over a year of data on temperature and also relative moisture in that washroom without an exhaust fan. Now I'm putting one in and also will accumulate extra information. Keep tuned for the results.

But even if your washroom currently has a fan, I would certainly wager it doesn't move sufficient air. The common bath follower stirs half its rated air flow. If your bath website follower isn't easily accessible from the attic room, opening up the ceiling is the only means to obtain at the air duct and also fix it. Exactly what you see in that picture listed below prevails for bath fan ducts: drooping flex duct that makes way too many turns. (That's not my brand-new fan, by the way.).

Solve other potentially unidentified repair needs.
Several years ago we had to do some plumbing help the tub in the hall shower room. When the plumbing technicians had the wall opened up, I inquired to put valves in on the hot and cold water lines to make sure that if any individual needed to work on that pipes in the future, they wouldn't need to switch off the water to the entire building.
So they put in the valves. When I opened up the wall surface, I saw them and also took this photo:.

I would certainly make use of that shower a few times over the years as well as always questioned why the pressure was so reduced. Currently I recognize. The plumbings installed the valves but after that really did not open them completely. Those red manages must be straight in accordance with the pipes. Wonderful!

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. The good news is, it wasn't a snacks ceiling, which might include asbestos.

And I uncovered the original, ugly wallpaper.

If you're redesigning a shower room, there a great deal of great reasons to copulate and gut it completely. That's exactly what I'm doing. We're almost all set to start closing it back in, so stay tuned for even more tales from the restroom.

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