Why You Should Completely Demo Your Restroom When You Remodel



If your home is old sufficient for a shower room improvement, you could intend to proceed and also completely digestive tract it. I started my shower room remodel last month with a complete demolition. If I had not, a variety of issues would have been unavailable for fixing ... and even undiscovered. Below's exactly what I discovered when I opened the wall surfaces and ceiling of my 1981 apartment right here in the Quad Cities.

Fix pipes surprises
Right here's one more point I discovered. I'm not a pipes professional, yet I see an issue below. Picture if that area of common drainpipe line for our back-to-back sinks got obstructed. Now envision running a snake in there from one sink. Do you think it would certainly make the turn? Possibly not. We changed it out and also offset the two.

Repair termite damages
When I opened the outside wall, I discovered termite damages in two areas: the king stud, jack stud, and paralyze on the tub side of the home window and the jack stud on the other side of the window. The bright side is that the damages was done long ago. As long as I've lived here, the proprietors' organization has actually kept up with termite treatment as well as monitoring, but I understand there was a period when they didn't. Therefore the damages I located.

Change deteriorated subflooring
Along with the termite-damaged wall surface, I additionally located rotten subflooring near the bath tub. This was mostly from getting too damp, and also I suspected it because tiles had begun turning up because location.

Make up for no or little insulation
I knew we had insulation in our walls. I thought it was R-11 fiberglass batts because our upstairs next-door neighbor's icemaker had a negative leakage a few years ago, getting half of our utility room ceiling as well as part of the wall. The common wall surface had R-11 batts. I figured the remainder of the walls did, also. I recognized they had insulation since I've checked behind button and also 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 implies I'll get even more improvement compared to I thought I was getting.

Seal the air leakages
Yes, our 1981 condo is leaking. I learnt about the large tub openings as well as various other plumbing infiltrations due to the fact that I've seen them from the cellar. I really did not understand that the wall surfaces were sheathed with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that provided lots of air leak paths. Again, viewing the silver lining, that implies I'll have the ability to make more enhancement compared to I would certainly thought.

I can not wait to do a blower door examination when it's all done. Regrettably, I won't be able to separate out the improvement due only to my washroom job. The proprietors' organization simply had the entire flooring secured with spray foam insulation. I'm thinking our overall air leakage will certainly be around half of what it was.

Mount an exhaust fan and also fix ductwork
Did I discuss our condominium was built 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 and also relative moisture in that bathroom without an exhaust follower. Now I'm placing one in as well as here will gather more information. Stay tuned for the outcomes.

Yet even if your bathroom already has a fan, I would certainly wager it does not move sufficient air. The typical bathroom fan moves about half its ranked air circulation. If your bathroom fan isn't really accessible from the attic room, opening up the ceiling is the only way to obtain at the duct and repair it. Exactly what you see in that image below is common for bath follower air ducts: sagging flex air duct that makes too many turns. (That's not my brand-new follower, incidentally.).

Address other potentially unidentified repair needs.
A number of years ago we had to do some plumbing work for the bathtub in the hall shower room. When the plumbing technicians had the wall surface opened up, I asked to place shutoffs know the hot and cold water lines so that if any individual needed to work on that plumbing in the future, they wouldn't have to shut off the water to the whole structure.
So they place in the shutoffs. When I opened up the wall surface, I saw them and also took this image:.



I would certainly use that shower a couple of times for many years and also always wondered why the stress was so reduced. Now I recognize. The plumbing technicians installed the shutoffs yet then didn't open them totally. Those red manages ought to be straight in line with the pipes. Wonderful!

I likewise discovered that our ceiling had two layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our apartment, yet the initial ceiling was stippled. Luckily, it had not been a snacks ceiling, which can consist of asbestos.

And I found the original, horrible wallpaper.

If you're redesigning a shower room, there a great deal of great needs to go all the way as well as gut it entirely. That's just what I'm doing. We're almost ready to start closing it back in, so remain tuned for more tales from the shower room.

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