Why You Ought To Entirely Demo Your Restroom When You Remodel

If your home is old enough for a washroom remodelling, you might intend to go ahead and totally intestine it. I started my restroom remodel last month with a total demolition. If I had not, a variety of troubles would have been unavailable for repair work ... and even obscure. Below's just what I located when I opened the walls and also ceiling of my 1981 condo below in the Quad Cities.

Fix pipes shocks
Below's another point I located. I'm not a pipes specialist, yet I see a trouble below. Picture if that section of typical drainpipe line for our back-to-back sinks obtained blocked. Now picture running a snake in there from one sink. Do you believe it would make the turn? Probably not. We transformed it out and also counter both.

Repair termite damage
When I opened up the outside wall surface, I discovered termite damage in two areas: the king stud, jack stud, and also paralyze on the tub side of the window and also the jack stud beyond of the window. The good news is that the damages was done long ago. As long as I have actually lived right here, the owners' organization has stayed on top of termite treatment and surveillance, however I understand there was a duration when they didn't. Hence the damages I discovered.

Change decomposed subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall surface, I likewise found rotten subflooring near the tub. This was mostly from obtaining too damp, as well as I believed it since tiles had actually started appearing in that area.

Make up for no or little insulation
I recognized we had insulation in our walls. I assumed it was R-11 fiberglass batts because our upstairs next-door neighbor's icemaker had a bad leak a couple of years ago, obtaining half of our utility room ceiling and also part of the wall. The usual wall had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the wall surfaces did, too. I understood they had insulation due to the fact that I've inspected behind button and receptacle plates.
I got a little shock when I took the drywall off of that outside restroom wall and also saw this:

This is actually a good thing, in a manner, due to the fact that it means I'll get even more renovation compared to I thought I was going to get.

Seal the air leakages
Yes, our 1981 apartment is dripping. I knew about the huge tub openings and also various other pipes infiltrations because I've seen them from the basement. I didn't understand that the walls were covered with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that supplied great deals of air leak paths. Once again, viewing on the silver lining, that suggests I'll have the ability to make even more renovation compared to I would certainly assumed.

I can not wait to do a blower door examination when it's all done. However, I will not have the ability to separate out the enhancement due only to my restroom work. The owners' association simply had the entire flooring sealed with spray foam insulation. I'm guessing our total air leak will certainly be around half of exactly what it was.

Set up an exhaust fan and also solution ductwork
Did I discuss our condominium was built in the 80's? The master bathroom has a home window, so naturally, it didn't require an exhaust fan, right? Wrong. I have actually overcome a year of data on temperature level and also family member humidity because shower room without an exhaust fan. Currently I'm placing one in and will certainly gather much more information. Remain tuned for the results.

Yet even if your shower room already has a follower, I 'd bet it doesn't relocate enough air. The typical bathroom fan stirs half its rated air circulation. If your bath follower isn't obtainable from the attic, opening the ceiling is the only method to obtain at the duct and also fix it. Just what you see in that image below prevails for bath follower ducts: sagging flex air duct that makes too many turns. (That's not my new fan, by the way.).

Fix other potentially unidentified repair needs.
A number of years ago we needed to do some plumbing work for the tub in the hall washroom. When the plumbing professionals had the wall opened, I asked them to put valves know the hot Dunlap Construciton and cold water lines so that if any person had to work with that plumbing in the future, they wouldn't need to turn off the water to the entire structure.
So they place in the shutoffs. When I opened the wall, I saw them as well as took this photo:.

I would certainly make use of that shower a few times throughout the years and constantly wondered why the pressure was so reduced. Now I comprehend. The plumbers installed the valves however after that really did not open them fully. Those red manages must be straight in line with the pipelines. Nice!

I also located that our ceiling had 2 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 consist of asbestos.

And also I uncovered the initial, gruesome wallpaper.

If you're redesigning a bathroom, there a great deal of great reasons to go all the way as well as digestive tract it totally. That's exactly what I'm doing. We're nearly prepared to start shutting it back in, so remain tuned for more tales from the shower room.

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