Remodeling An Old Bathroom? 4 Things To Prepare For

Posted on: 27 November 2019

If you are getting ready to remodel an old bathroom that was built over forty years ago, you need to prepare to do more than just give your bathroom a facelift. When you remodel an old bathroom that hasn't been updated in decades, oftentimes the smartest choice is to break the bathroom down to its bare bones and rebuild the bathroom all over again.

1. Replace the Electrical Wiring

If the bathroom was built over forty years ago, the electrical work in the bathroom is more than likely not up to code. You may not even have any electrical outlets in your bathroom.

When you plan your bathroom remodel, you need to plan to have an electrician come in to rewire the entire bathroom. You are going to want to have them update all the wiring for the bathroom and add water-safe electrical outlets to the bathroom. You are also going to want to have them put the wires in place for any lights you want to add to the space as well.

2. Replace or Add an Exhaust Fan

If your bathroom design is really decades old, there is a good chance that you don't have an exhaust fan in your bathroom at all. You may just have a small window that opens in order to deal with all of the moisture that builds up in your bathroom.

An exhaust fan is necessary for a modern bathroom. It will help remove the moisture from your bathroom, which will in turn help keep your bathroom a mold-free location.

3. Replace the Plumbing

Next, you will more than likely need to replace all the plumbing in your bathroom. You should upgrade the plumbing in your home to be of a more durable material which will not freeze up and create any issues for you. Get rid of any old lead pipes. Re-plumbing your bathroom can really add onto the cost of the remodeling project.

4. Prepare for Mold

Hopefully there is not mold lurking in your bathroom, but in old bathrooms without great ventilation, there is always a chance that mold is hiding behind the walls and that all the walls will need to be ripped out and replaced.

When it comes to remodeling a bathroom in an older home, you need to be prepared to replace the wiring and plumbing, add an exhaust fan, and even deal with mold before you get to the fun part of the remodeling project.


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