Why You Must Totally Demo Your Restroom When You Remodel



If your home is old enough for a washroom renovation, you might want to go on and also entirely gut it. I started my restroom remodel last month with a total demolition. If I had not, a variety of troubles would certainly have been inaccessible for repair work ... and even obscure. Right here's what I discovered when I opened up the wall surfaces and ceiling of my 1981 condo here in the Quad Cities.

Fix plumbing surprises
Here's an additional point I discovered. I'm not a plumbing professional, however I see a problem here. Think of if that section of typical drain line for our back-to-back sinks got clogged. Currently visualize running a snake in there from one sink. Do you believe it would certainly make the turn? Most likely not. We changed it out and counter both.

Repair termite damage
When I opened up the outside wall surface, I found termite damages in 2 locations: the king stud, jack stud, and also cripple on the bath tub side of the window as well as the jack stud beyond of the window. The bright side is that the damage was done long ago. As long as I've lived below, the proprietors' association has stayed up to date with termite therapy as well as monitoring, however I comprehend there was a duration when they didn't. For this reason the damages I found.

Replace deteriorated subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall surface, I additionally found rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was primarily from getting too wet, and I suspected it because tiles had begun turning up because location.

Make up for no or little insulation
I understood we had insulation in our wall surfaces. I thought it was R-11 fiberglass batts since our upstairs neighbor's icemaker had a bad leakage a few years ago, securing fifty percent of our utility room ceiling as well as part of the wall. The typical wall had R-11 batts. I figured the remainder of the walls did, too. I recognized they had insulation since I have actually inspected behind button and receptacle plates.
I obtained a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that outside shower room wall as well as saw this:

This is actually a good idea, in a way, due to the fact that it indicates I'll obtain more enhancement compared to I thought I was getting.

Seal up the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 apartment is dripping. I found out about the huge bathtub openings and other pipes infiltrations because I've seen them from the basement. I didn't understand that the walls were covered with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that offered lots of air leakage pathways. Once again, viewing the silver lining, that suggests I'll have the ability to make even more renovation compared to I would certainly believed.

I cannot wait to do a blower door examination when it's all done. Unfortunately, I will not have the ability to separate out the renovation due just to my shower room job. The proprietors' association simply had the whole flooring secured with spray foam insulation. I'm thinking our overall air leak will certainly be around half of what it was.

Mount an exhaust follower and also repair ductwork
Did I mention our apartment was constructed in the 80's? The master bathroom has a window, so naturally, it really did not require an exhaust follower, right? Wrong. I have actually got over a year of information on temperature as well as relative humidity in that bathroom without an exhaust follower. Now I'm putting one in as well as will gather a lot more data. Stay tuned for the outcomes.

Yet even if your bathroom currently has a fan, I 'd wager it doesn't move sufficient air. The regular bath follower moves about half its rated air flow. If your bathroom follower isn't really available from the attic room, opening the ceiling is the only way to get at the air duct as well as repair it. What you see because photo listed below prevails for bath fan ducts: drooping flex duct that makes too many turns. (That's not my new follower, by the way.).

Resolve other potentially unidentified repair Dunlap Construciton needs.
Numerous years ago we needed to do some plumbing work for the bathtub in the hall shower room. When the plumbers had the wall surface opened up, I asked to place shutoffs in on the hot and cold water lines to ensure that if anyone needed to work on that pipes in the future, they wouldn't need to turn off the water to the entire building.
So they put in the shutoffs. When I opened the wall, I saw them and also took this photo:.



I 'd utilize that shower a few times throughout the years and constantly questioned why the stress was so reduced. Currently I understand. The plumbings set up the valves yet after that really did not open them totally. Those red manages must be straight in accordance with the pipes. Nice!

I likewise found that our ceiling had 2 layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condominium, but the initial ceiling was stippled. The good news is, it wasn't a snacks ceiling, which might consist of asbestos.

As well as I uncovered the original, gruesome wallpaper.

If you're renovating a washroom, there a lot of excellent reasons to go all the way as well as intestine it completely. That's just what I'm doing. We're practically all set to start shutting it back in, so stay tuned for more tales from the restroom.

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