The tear out is probably the most intrusive part of the entire process. It is loud, quite a bit of traffic and dusty. We try to keep things simple as possible to protect you and your home. Let’s get started and walk through the process.
- All floors and the rest of the home have to be protected
- Install carpet guard, 6mil polyethylene and drop cloths on the path to the work area
- Install 6mil dust barriers on all openings to non work areas and seal with painters tape
- Cover HVAC ducts or turn off HVAC system to prevent dust transfer
- Next question is, was my home built before 1978 and if so, is my contractor a Lead Certified Renovation Firm
- If your home was built in 1978 or earlier, you need a Certified Lead Renovator to take care of your project so lead safe practices are used
- Once everything is covered and protected the tear out can begin.
- If possible, remove as large of pieces as can be managed safely. This reduces sawing (dust) and beating (busting of cast iron tubs…).
- At this point it may be a good idea to strip at least the exterior walls to the stud so insulation can be checked and installed if needed.
- All the while the tear out is going on, the bath exhaust can be running, a window opened to help remove any dust and if a pre 1978 (lead test and lead safe remodeling).
- After everything is tore out, clean the work area well.
Now lets prep the new bath:
- Before any of the prep work begins we have a new design in place and know where the new fixture locations are going to be and how that is going to happen
- Ideal lighting locations are selected
- Necessary plumbing fixtures and faucets have been ordered, have arrived and have been checked before anything is torn out
- Remove sub floor to relocate plumbing fixtures if that is part of the plan
- After all plumbing and electrical is installed it is a good idea to take pictures so you will know where each is for future changes or repairs
- Patch the sub floor and we always insert screws through the sub floor into the joist to help prevent squeaks
- Install electrical for bath vent fans, special lighting and switching