Why You Should Totally Demo Your Restroom When You Remodel

If your house is old enough for a restroom renovation, you might want to proceed as well as totally gut it. I began my washroom remodel last month with a full demolition. If I hadn't, a variety of issues would have been not available for repair ... and even undiscovered. Below's what I located when I opened up the wall surfaces and also ceiling of my 1981 condo right here in the Quad Cities.

Deal with pipes surprises
Here's an additional thing I discovered. I'm not a plumbing professional, yet I see a problem below. Envision if that section of typical drain line for our back-to-back sinks obtained obstructed. Currently picture running a snake in there from one sink. Do you believe it would certainly make the turn? Most likely not. We changed it out as well as offset both.

Repair termite damage
When I opened the outside wall, I located termite damages in 2 places: the king stud, jack stud, and paralyze on the bathtub side of the window and also the jack stud beyond 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 therapy as well as monitoring, however I comprehend there was a period when they really did not. For this reason the damage I located.

Replace decayed subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall, I additionally discovered rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was primarily from getting too wet, and also I believed it because floor tiles had actually started turning up in that area.

Offset no or little insulation
I knew we had insulation in our walls. I thought it was R-11 fiberglass batts due to the fact that our upstairs neighbor's icemaker had a poor leak a couple of years earlier, taking out half of our laundry room ceiling as well as part of the wall surface. The common wall had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the wall surfaces did, also. I knew they had insulation since I've checked behind switch and receptacle plates.
I got a little shock when I took the drywall off of that exterior shower room wall and also saw this:

This is actually a good idea, in such a way, due to the fact that it implies I'll get more enhancement than I thought I here was getting.

Seal up the air leakages
Yes, our 1981 condominium is leaking. I understood about the big bath tub holes and also various other plumbing infiltrations since I have actually seen them from the basement. I really did not understand that the wall surfaces were covered with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) that gave great deals of air leakage paths. Again, looking on the silver lining, that implies I'll be able to make more improvement than I would certainly assumed.

I cannot wait to do a blower door test 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' organization simply had the whole floor sealed with spray foam insulation. I'm presuming our complete air leak will certainly be around half of what it was.

Mount an exhaust fan as well as solution ductwork
Did I mention our condominium was integrated in the 80's? The master bath has a window, so naturally, it really did not require an exhaust follower, right? Wrong. I've got over a year of information on temperature level and relative moisture in that shower room without an exhaust follower. Now I'm placing one in and also will accumulate a lot more data. Keep tuned for the results.

Yet even if your washroom already has a fan, I 'd bet it does not relocate enough air. The common bathroom follower stirs half its rated air circulation. If your bath follower isn't really obtainable from the attic, opening the ceiling is the only way to obtain at the air duct and also fix it. Exactly what you see in that image listed below prevails for bathroom follower air ducts: sagging flex air duct that makes a lot of turns. (That's not my brand-new fan, incidentally.).

Fix other potentially unidentified repair needs.
Numerous years ago we had to do some pipes work for the tub in the hall restroom. When the plumbings had the wall surface opened, I asked to put shutoffs know the cold and hot water lines to ensure that if any individual needed to service that pipes in the future, they wouldn't have to turn off the water to the whole building.
So they place in the valves. When I opened up the wall surface, I saw them as well as took this picture:.

I would certainly use that shower a few times for many years and also always wondered why the pressure was so reduced. Now I understand. The plumbing technicians mounted the shutoffs however then really did not open them completely. Those red manages need to be straight in accordance with the pipelines. Wonderful!

I likewise found that our ceiling had two layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condo, yet the initial ceiling was stippled. The good news is, it had not been a snacks ceiling, which might include asbestos.

And I uncovered the initial, horrible wallpaper.

If you're renovating a restroom, there a lot of excellent reasons to copulate as well as gut it totally. That's what I'm doing. We're nearly ready to begin closing it back in, so remain tuned for more tales from the restroom.

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