6 Bathroom Remodel Structural Considerations

By Robert Robillard on Bathrooms, Remodeling

Old "doubled-up" floor system

Bathroom Remodel Structural Issues

With bathroom remodels people often focus on color, layout, heated floors and moving things around.

These are all important things, but if you’re not thinking about the stuff behind the walls and under the floors to make the overall design work well. If you’re not concerned about “Hidden Conditions,” You’re about to have your train derailed! Bathrooms are botched more than any other room in the house. In this article we will discuss 6 bathroom remodel structural considerations.

Hidden Structural Conditions

It is very common when doing a bath remodel to find out of level walls, deficient utilities, and floor joists that have been cut, drilled, notched or even removed to accommodate plumbing pipes and drains.

Think: uneven tile, fire hazard and bouncy floors and cracked tiles!

If you are doing a major upgrade to your bathroom consider doing a “full gut.” Removing all the plaster from the walls and ceilings, and removing the sub-floor allow years of accumulating problems to be rectified.

Preparing For a Bathroom Remodeling

Old Outdated Electrical and Corroded Plumbing

Doing a bathroom renovation is a great time to deal with old outdated systems. Things like corroded cast iron or galvanized drains and water supply lines.

Even copper water supply lines can be hidden problems if there are corroding joints

No Plumbing Vent

Modern plumbing codes have changed the ways plumbers run vent lines for your sink, tub, shower or toilet. Insufficient venting can cause drains to gurgle or traps to be sucked dry, which contributes to drains stopping up.

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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. He also writes the "Ask the Carpenter" advice column in the Boston Globe, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob <a href="https://profiles.google.com/concordcarpenter"

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