Why You Need To Totally Demo Your Restroom When You Remodel



If your home is old enough for a restroom renovation, you might want to go on and also entirely intestine it. I started my shower room remodel last month with a complete demolition. If I hadn't, a number of issues would certainly have been not available for fixing ... or even undiscovered. Right here's just what I discovered when I opened the walls as well as ceiling of my 1981 condominium here in the Quad Cities.

Fix plumbing surprises
Here's another point I located. I'm not a pipes specialist, however I see an issue right here. Visualize if that area of usual drainpipe line for our back-to-back sinks got blocked. Currently visualize running a snake in there from one sink. Do you assume it would make the turn? Most likely not. We altered it out and also balance out the two.

Repair termite damages
When I opened up the exterior wall, I found termite damages in two areas: the king stud, jack stud, and maim on the bathtub side of the home window and also the jack stud on the other side of the home window. Fortunately is that the damages was done long ago. As long as I've lived right here, the proprietors' organization has actually stayed on top of termite treatment and also monitoring, yet I understand there was a duration when they really did not. Thus the damages I found.

Replace decayed subflooring
Along with the termite-damaged wall, I likewise discovered rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was mostly from obtaining also damp, and I thought it since floor tiles had actually begun turning up because location.

Make up for no or little insulation
I knew we had insulation in our walls. I assumed it was R-11 fiberglass batts due to the fact that our upstairs next-door neighbor's icemaker had a negative leakage a few years back, securing half of our laundry room ceiling and part of the wall. The usual wall surface had R-11 batts. I figured the remainder of the wall surfaces did, also. I understood they had insulation because I have actually examined behind button and receptacle plates.
I got a little shock when I took the drywall off of that outside shower room wall and also saw this:

This is really an advantage, in a way, due to the fact that it indicates I'll obtain more improvement compared to I thought I was getting.

Seal the air leakages
Yes, our 1981 condominium is dripping. I understood about the big bath tub openings and also various other plumbing infiltrations because I have actually seen them from the basement. I really did not know that the walls were encased with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that offered great deals of air leakage paths. Again, viewing on the silver lining, that implies I'll have the ability to make even more renovation than I 'd assumed.

I can't wait to do a blower door test when it's all done. Sadly, I won't be able to separate out the enhancement due just to my washroom job. The proprietors' organization simply had the entire flooring sealed with spray foam insulation. I'm guessing our total air leakage will certainly be around half of just what it was.

Set up an exhaust follower and also solution ductwork
Did I discuss our condo was built in the 80's? The master bath has a home window, so normally, it didn't need an exhaust fan, right? Wrong. I have actually got over a year of data on temperature and relative moisture in that bathroom without an exhaust follower. Currently I'm putting one in and also will gather much more information. Remain tuned for the outcomes.

However even if your shower room already has a follower, I 'd wager it doesn't relocate enough air. The typical bath follower stirs half its ranked air flow. If your bathroom follower isn't accessible from the attic, opening the ceiling is the only way to get at the duct and also repair it. Just what you see in that picture listed below prevails for bath fan air ducts: drooping flex air duct that makes too many turns. (That's not my new follower, incidentally.).

Solve other potentially unknown repair needs.
Numerous years ago we had to do some pipes benefit the bathtub in the hall bathroom. When the plumbing professionals had the wall opened, I asked to put valves know the hot and cold water lines so that if anybody had to work on that pipes in the future, they would not 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 picture:.



I would certainly make use of that shower a few times over the years and always questioned why the stress was so reduced. Now I comprehend. The plumbing professionals installed the valves however then didn't open them completely. Those red manages need to be straight in line with the pipes. Great!

I likewise located that our ceiling had 2 layers of drywall. Dunlap We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condominium, but the original ceiling was stippled. Thankfully, it wasn't a popcorn ceiling, which might include asbestos.

And also I discovered the initial, gruesome wallpaper.

If you're renovating a shower room, there a great deal of great reasons to go all the way and also digestive tract it completely. That's just what I'm doing. We're nearly prepared to start shutting it back in, so stay tuned for even more stories from the bathroom.

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