Why You Should Totally Demo Your Restroom When You Remodel

If your residence is old sufficient for a bathroom improvement, you could intend to go ahead and also totally gut it. I began my shower room remodel last month with a complete demolition. If I had not, a number of issues would certainly have been not available for repair ... and even undiscovered. Right here's just what I discovered when I opened the walls as well as ceiling of my 1981 apartment here in the Quad Cities.

Take care of pipes surprises
Below's another thing I discovered. I'm not a plumbing professional, however I see a trouble here. Envision if that section of common drain line for our back-to-back sinks obtained obstructed. Now envision running a snake in there from one sink. Do you believe it would certainly make the turn? Most likely not. We transformed it out and also balance out the two.

Repair termite damage
When I opened up the outside wall, I discovered termite damage in 2 areas: the king stud, jack stud, as well as maim on the tub side of the home window as well as the jack stud on the other side of the window. The good news is that the damages was done long ago. As long as I have actually lived here, the proprietors' organization has stayed on top of termite treatment and also surveillance, but I understand there was a period when they really did not. Hence the damages I discovered.

Change deteriorated subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall, I also located rotten subflooring near the tub. This was mostly from obtaining as well wet, and also I presumed it since tiles had actually started turning up in that 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 next-door neighbor's icemaker had a bad leak a few years earlier, taking out half of our utility room ceiling and also part of the wall surface. The usual wall surface had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the walls did, also. I understood they had insulation due to the fact that I've inspected behind switch and also receptacle plates.
I obtained a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that exterior shower room wall surface and also saw this:

This is in fact a good thing, in a manner, since it suggests I'll get more enhancement compared to I believed I was getting.

Seal the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 condominium is leaking. I found out about the large tub holes and various other pipes penetrations since I've seen them from the basement. I really did not understand that the walls were sheathed with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that gave great deals of air leakage paths. Once again, searching the bright side, that means I'll have the ability to make even more improvement than I 'd thought.

I can not 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 bathroom job. The owners' organization just had the entire floor secured with spray foam insulation. I'm guessing our total air leak will be around half of exactly what it was.

Mount an exhaust follower and also fix ductwork
Did I mention our condominium was built in the 80's? The master bath has a home window, so normally, it really did not require an exhaust fan, right? Incorrect. I have actually overcome a year of information on temperature as well as loved one humidity in that shower room without an exhaust follower. Currently I'm placing one in and will collect much more data. Remain tuned for the outcomes.

Yet even if your bathroom already has a follower, I 'd wager it does not move enough air. The typical bath fan moves about half its ranked air circulation. If your bathroom follower isn't easily accessible from the attic room, opening up the ceiling is the only means to obtain at the air duct and fix it. What you see because photo below is common for bathroom fan air ducts: drooping flex duct that makes way too many turns. (That's not my new fan, by the way.).

Solve other potentially unidentified repair needs.
A number of years ago we had to do some plumbing work for the bathtub in the hall washroom. When the plumbing professionals had the wall surface opened up, I inquired to put valves know the cold and hot water lines so that if any individual had to work with that plumbing in the future, they would not have to switch off the water to the whole structure.
So they place in the valves. When I opened the wall surface, I saw them and took this picture:.

I 'd utilize that shower a few times over the years and always asked yourself why the stress was so reduced. Now I understand. The plumbings installed the valves yet then didn't open them fully. Those red takes care of ought to be straight according to the pipelines. Nice!

I likewise 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 can include asbestos.

And I uncovered the original, gruesome wallpaper.

If Dunlap you're remodeling a washroom, there a lot of great reasons to go all the way and also gut it totally. That's just what I'm doing. We're almost prepared to begin shutting it back in, so remain tuned for more stories from the restroom.

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