Why You Should Completely Demo Your Restroom When You Remodel

If your house is old sufficient for a shower room improvement, you could want to go ahead and completely gut it. I began my bathroom remodel last month with a complete demolition. If I hadn't, a variety of troubles would certainly have been inaccessible for fixing ... or perhaps obscure. Right here's what I found when I opened the wall surfaces as well as ceiling of my 1981 condominium here in the Quad Cities.

Fix plumbing shocks
Right here's one more thing I located. I'm not a pipes professional, however I see a problem here. Picture if that section of usual drain line for our back-to-back sinks got obstructed. Now picture running a snake in there from one sink. Do you assume it would certainly make the turn? Possibly not. We altered it out as well as counter both.

Repair termite damages
When I opened up the outside wall surface, I located termite damages in 2 areas: the king stud, jack stud, and cripple on the bath tub side of the home window as well as the jack stud on the other side of the home window. Fortunately is that the damage was done long ago. As long as I have actually lived here, the proprietors' association has actually stayed up to date with termite treatment as well as monitoring, however I understand there was a duration when they really did not. For this reason the damages I discovered.

Change decayed subflooring
Along with the termite-damaged wall, I likewise located rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was primarily from obtaining as well damp, and I presumed it due to the fact that tiles had actually begun popping up because location.

Make up for no or little insulation
I understood we had insulation in our wall surfaces. I assumed it was R-11 fiberglass batts because our upstairs neighbor's icemaker had a negative leakage a few years back, obtaining half of our laundry room ceiling as well as part of the wall surface. The common wall had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the walls did, also. I recognized they had insulation because I've inspected behind switch as well as receptacle plates.
I obtained a little shock when I took the drywall off of that outside bathroom wall and saw this:

This is really an advantage, in a manner, due to the fact that it suggests I'll obtain even more improvement than I thought I was going to get.

Seal the air leakages
Yes, our 1981 condo is dripping. I understood about the huge tub holes as well as other plumbing penetrations because I have actually seen them from the cellar. I really did not recognize that the wall surfaces were covered with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that offered lots of air leakage paths. Once more, viewing on the silver lining, that indicates I'll be able to make more improvement compared to I would certainly believed.

I can't wait to do a blower door test when it's all done. However, I will not be able to separate out the improvement due just to my washroom work. The owners' organization simply had the whole flooring secured with spray foam insulation. I'm thinking our total air leak will be around half of what it was.

Mount an exhaust fan and solution ductwork
Did I discuss our condo was constructed in the 80's? The master bath has a window, so normally, it didn't require an exhaust fan, right? Incorrect. I've overcome a year of data on temperature level as well as relative moisture in that washroom without an exhaust fan. Currently I'm putting one in and also will collect a lot more data. Remain tuned for the results.

However even if your bathroom currently has a follower, I 'd bet it doesn't relocate sufficient air. The normal bathroom fan stirs half its rated air flow. If your bathroom fan isn't really accessible from the attic, opening the ceiling is the only way to obtain at the air duct and repair it. What you see in that picture listed below is common for bathroom follower ducts: sagging flex air duct that makes way too many turns. (That's not my new follower, incidentally.).

Solve other potentially unknown repair needs.
Numerous years ago we needed to do some plumbing help the bathtub in the hall bathroom. When the plumbers had the wall opened up, I inquired to place valves in on the hot and cold water lines to ensure that if anyone had to deal with that pipes in the future, they would not need to switch off the water to the whole building.
So they put in the valves. When I opened up the wall, I saw them as well as took this picture:.

I would certainly make use of that shower a couple of times throughout the years and constantly questioned why the pressure was so low. Currently I understand. The plumbers Bathroom Remodeling installed the shutoffs however then really did not open them completely. Those red deals with should be straight in line with the pipelines. Good!

I also located that our ceiling had two layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condo, yet the original ceiling was stippled. Fortunately, it had not been a popcorn ceiling, which could consist of asbestos.

As well as I discovered the initial, ugly wallpaper.

If you're redesigning a shower room, there a lot of excellent reasons to copulate as well as gut it totally. That's what I'm doing. We're virtually prepared to begin closing it back in, so remain tuned for more stories from the washroom.

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