Why You Should Completely Demo Your Restroom When You Remodel

If your house is old enough for a bathroom remodelling, you might intend to go on and entirely intestine it. I began my washroom 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. Right here's what I found when I opened up the walls and ceiling of my 1981 apartment below in the Quad Cities.

Take care of plumbing surprises
Below's an additional thing I found. I'm not a pipes professional, but I see a trouble right here. Imagine if that area of typical drain line for our back-to-back sinks obtained clogged. Currently 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 as well as counter both.

Repair termite damages
When I opened up the outside wall surface, I discovered termite damages in two areas: the king stud, jack stud, as well as maim on the tub side of the home window and the jack stud beyond of the window. Fortunately is that the damages was done long ago. As long as I've lived below, the owners' association has actually stayed on top of termite therapy and surveillance, yet I comprehend there was a duration when they really did not. Hence the damage I discovered.

Change rotted subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall surface, I additionally located rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was mainly from getting as well damp, and also I suspected it because ceramic tiles had actually begun appearing because location.

Offset no or little insulation
I understood we had insulation in our wall surfaces. 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 couple of years earlier, getting half of our laundry room ceiling and part of the wall surface. The usual wall surface had R-11 batts. I figured the remainder of the wall surfaces did, as well. I understood they had insulation because I've checked behind button and also receptacle plates.
I got a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that exterior washroom wall surface as well as saw this:

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

Seal up the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 condo is dripping. I knew about the large bath tub holes and other pipes infiltrations since I have actually seen them from the cellar. I really did not recognize that the walls were encased with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that supplied lots of air leakage pathways. Once again, looking on the bright side, that suggests I'll have the ability to make more renovation than I would certainly thought.

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

Mount an exhaust fan and solution ductwork
Did I mention our apartment was constructed in the 80's? The master bath has a window, so normally, it really did not need an exhaust fan, right? Incorrect. I've got over a year of information on temperature level as well as relative moisture because restroom without an exhaust follower. Currently I'm putting one in and also will collect extra information. Stay tuned for the outcomes.

However even if your bathroom currently has a fan, I 'd bet it doesn't relocate sufficient air. The normal bathroom follower moves about half its ranked air flow. If your bathroom follower isn't accessible from the attic, opening the ceiling is the only means to obtain at the air duct and repair it. Exactly what you see because photo below prevails for bathroom Dunlap Construciton fan air ducts: drooping flex air duct that makes a lot of turns. (That's not my brand-new follower, by the way.).

Address other potentially unidentified repair needs.
A number of years ago we had to do some pipes benefit the tub in the hall shower room. When the plumbing technicians had the wall surface opened up, I asked them to put valves in on the cold and hot water lines to make sure that if anyone had to deal with that plumbing in the future, they wouldn't have to turn off the water to the whole structure.
So they put in the shutoffs. When I opened up the wall, I saw them and also took this photo:.

I would certainly utilize that shower a couple of times throughout the years as well as constantly questioned why the pressure was so low. Currently I understand. The plumbing technicians set up the valves however then really did not open them completely. Those red deals with must be straight according to the pipelines. Good!

I additionally found that our ceiling had two layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our apartment, but the original ceiling was stippled. The good news is, it wasn't a popcorn ceiling, which can contain asbestos.

As well as I uncovered the initial, hideous wallpaper.

If you're remodeling a washroom, there a lot of excellent reasons to go all the way as well as digestive tract it entirely. That's just what I'm doing. We're almost ready to start shutting it back in, so remain tuned for even more tales from the washroom.

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