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Old Outdated Electrical and Corroded Plumbing

Doing a bathroom renovation is a great time to deal with old outdated systems.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

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzzr As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising-the-bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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