If your house is old sufficient for a bathroom renovation, you may want to go ahead and completely gut it. I started my bathroom remodel last month with a complete demolition. If I had not, a number of problems would certainly have been inaccessible for fixing ... or perhaps obscure. Right here's exactly what I discovered when I opened up the walls and also ceiling of my 1981 apartment right here in the Quad Cities.
Take care of plumbing surprises
Below's an additional point I discovered. I'm not a plumbing expert, yet I see an issue right here. Envision if that area of common drain line for our back-to-back sinks obtained blocked. Now imagine running a snake in there from one sink. Do you assume it would make the turn? Probably not. We transformed it out and also balance out the two.
Repair termite damages
When I opened up the exterior wall, I located termite damage in two locations: the king stud, jack stud, and maim on the tub side of the window as well as the jack stud on the other side of the home window. Fortunately is that the damages was done long ago. As long as I've lived below, the owners' organization has actually stayed on par with termite treatment and also tracking, but I recognize there was a duration when they didn't. Therefore the damage I located.
Replace decomposed subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall surface, I also discovered rotten subflooring near the bath tub. This was mostly from obtaining also wet, as well as I suspected it since floor tiles had started turning up because location.
Make up for no or little insulation
I knew we had insulation in our wall surfaces. I assumed it was R-11 fiberglass batts because our upstairs next-door neighbor's icemaker had a negative leakage a few years back, securing fifty percent of our utility room ceiling and part of the wall. The typical wall surface had R-11 batts. I figured the remainder of the walls did, too. I understood they had insulation since I have actually examined behind button and also receptacle plates.
I obtained a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that exterior bathroom wall surface as well as saw this:
This is in fact a good idea, in a way, because it implies I'll obtain even more enhancement than I believed I was going to get.
Seal up the air leakages
Yes, our 1981 apartment is dripping. I learnt about the big tub openings and also other pipes infiltrations because I've seen them from the basement. I didn't know that the wall surfaces were sheathed with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that provided great deals of air leak paths. Once more, viewing on the silver lining, that indicates I'll be able to make more improvement compared to I would certainly believed.
I cannot wait to do a blower door test when it's all done. Sadly, I will not have the ability to separate out the renovation due only to my restroom job. The owners' association just had the entire flooring secured with spray foam insulation. I'm guessing our total air leakage will be around half of exactly what it was.
Set up an exhaust follower as well as repair ductwork
Did I mention our apartment was integrated in the 80's? The master bath has a home window, so naturally, it really did not require an get more info exhaust follower, right? Wrong. I've got over a year of data on temperature and loved one moisture because bathroom without an exhaust fan. Now I'm putting one in and will gather more information. Stay tuned for the outcomes.
Yet even if your washroom already has a follower, I 'd wager it does not move enough air. The typical bathroom follower moves about half its ranked air circulation. If your bath fan isn't really accessible from the attic, opening the ceiling is the only means to obtain at the duct and repair it. Exactly what you see in that picture below prevails for bath follower air ducts: sagging flex air duct that makes a lot of turns. (That's not my brand-new fan, incidentally.).
Resolve other potentially unidentified repair needs.
Numerous years ago we needed to do some plumbing work for the bathtub in the hall bathroom. When the plumbing technicians had the wall opened, I asked to put shutoffs know the cold and hot water lines so that if anybody had to deal with that plumbing in the future, they would not need to turn off the water to the entire building.
So they place in the valves. When I opened the wall surface, I saw them and also took this photo:.
I 'd use that shower a couple of times for many years and also constantly wondered why the stress was so low. Currently I comprehend. The plumbings installed the shutoffs but after that didn't open them totally. Those red handles should be straight in accordance with the pipelines. Good!
I additionally located that our ceiling had two layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our apartment, but the initial ceiling was stippled. Thankfully, it had not been a popcorn ceiling, which can include asbestos.
And I uncovered the original, hideous wallpaper.
If you're redesigning a shower room, there a lot of excellent reasons to copulate and gut it totally. That's just what I'm doing. We're almost ready to begin shutting it back in, so remain tuned for more stories from the restroom.