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A recent article in the Idaho State Journal makes what at first sounded like an extreme statement, and that is bathroom remodel projects should ALWAYS go down to the studs and subfloor.
I know many people who do partial bathroom remodels because they don’t have sufficient funds for a studs to sub-floor tear out and we’ve been hired to perform some.
Having said that, they do make a very valid point.
The issue is moisture damage.
Small amounts of water over long periods of time can cause the most horrendous damage you can image. We’ve seen it over and over again.
So although I fully understand the need to watch your pennies and spend within your budget, it sometimes happens that a partial remodel today leaves a little hidden moisture damage hidden, where it continues it’s nefarious task of rotting wood out from under you.
Unfortunately I know of no way to verify hidden moisture damage other that tear everything out and take a look.
Having said that, we always find some.
At the very least, if you are unable to do a full tear out, please understand the issue of hidden moisture damage and spread Copper Green (an excellent wood preservative product) as liberally as you can prior to starting the rebuild. You may get lucky and fully eradicate any moisture damage, but at the very least you’ll minimize the extent of future damage (which may or may not save you money in the future, depending on where such damage may occur).
If it is within your budget, a full studs to sub-floor tear out will provide you the longest benefit as any existing hidden moisture damage will be torn out.
If not, your next best choice is liberal use of Copper Green (or an equivalent wood preservative) after the tear out phase and before the re-build phase.
The one caveat is Copper Green is toxic, so it must be applied carefully, in an area that is well ventilated and stays well ventilated for 2 or 3 days, and you need a 2 or 3 days pause to give the Copper Green time to both sink in as fully as possible and for the smell to clear out.
Are you starting planning for your bathroom remodel?
If so, please….