Why You Need To Entirely Demo Your Restroom When You Remodel

If your house is old enough for a restroom renovation, you may intend to proceed and also entirely gut it. I began my shower room remodel last month with a full demolition. If I had not, a variety of issues would certainly have been not available for fixing ... or perhaps obscure. Below's just what I found when I opened the wall surfaces as well as ceiling of my 1981 apartment right here in the Quad Cities.

Deal with pipes surprises
Here's one more point I located. I'm not a pipes specialist, yet I see a trouble here. Think of if that section of common drain line for our back-to-back sinks obtained clogged. Now visualize running a snake in there from one sink. Do you assume it would make the turn? Possibly not. We changed it out and also counter both.

Repair termite damage
When I opened up the outside wall surface, I discovered termite damages in 2 areas: the king stud, jack stud, and also cripple on the bath tub side of the home window and also the jack stud on the other side of the window. The good news is that the damage was done long ago. As long as I've lived below, the proprietors' association has actually stayed on par with termite treatment as well as monitoring, but I understand there was a period when they didn't. For this reason the damage I located.

Change deteriorated subflooring
Along with the termite-damaged wall, I likewise discovered rotten subflooring near the bath tub. This was mostly from getting also wet, and I thought it because ceramic tiles had actually begun turning up in that area.

Make up for no or little insulation
I knew we had insulation in our wall surfaces. I assumed it was R-11 fiberglass batts since our upstairs next-door neighbor's icemaker had a negative leakage a few years ago, obtaining fifty percent of our laundry room ceiling and part of the wall. The usual wall surface had R-11 batts. I figured the remainder of the walls did, also. I knew they had insulation because I've inspected behind button as well as receptacle plates.
I got a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that exterior shower room wall as well as saw this:

This is in fact a good idea, in such a way, due to the fact that it means I'll obtain even more renovation compared to I thought I was getting.

Seal up the air leakages
Yes, our 1981 condominium is leaking. I found out about the huge bathtub openings and other pipes infiltrations since I've seen them from the basement. I really did not know that the wall surfaces were covered with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that gave great deals of air leakage paths. Once more, searching the silver lining, that suggests I'll have the ability to make even more renovation than I 'd thought.

I cannot wait to do a blower door test when it's all done. Unfortunately, I will not have the ability to separate out the enhancement due just to my washroom job. The owners' association simply had the whole 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 fan and also fix ductwork
Did I state our condo was constructed in the 80's? The master bathroom has a home window, so normally, it didn't require an exhaust follower, right? Incorrect. I've overcome a year of data on temperature level and relative humidity because bathroom without an exhaust fan. Now I'm placing one in as well as will accumulate a lot more data. Remain tuned for the results.

Yet even if your restroom already has a fan, I would certainly wager it does not relocate enough air. The typical bathroom follower moves about half its rated air circulation. If your bathroom fan isn't really obtainable from the attic, opening up the ceiling is the only method to obtain at the duct as well as fix it. What you see in that image below is common for bathroom follower air ducts: sagging flex air duct that makes a lot of turns. (That's not my new follower, by the way.).

Fix other potentially unknown repair needs.
A number of years ago we had to do some plumbing benefit the tub in the hall shower room. When the plumbings had the wall surface opened up, I asked them to put shutoffs know the hot and cold water lines to make sure that if anybody needed to deal with that plumbing in the future, they would not need to shut off the water to the whole building.
So they place in the valves. When I opened up the wall surface, I saw them as well as took this picture:.

I would certainly utilize that shower a few times over the years and always wondered why the stress was so reduced. Now I recognize. The plumbing technicians set up the valves yet then really did not open them fully. Those red manages must be straight according to the pipes. Nice!

I also located that our ceiling had 2 layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condominium, however the original ceiling was stippled. Fortunately, it had not been a popcorn ceiling, which can consist of asbestos.

And also I found the initial, ugly wallpaper.

If you're redesigning a washroom, there a lot of excellent reasons to go all the way Dunlap and also gut it entirely. That's what I'm doing. We're virtually prepared to begin closing it back in, so stay tuned for even more stories from the shower room.

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