Safe DIY Bathroom Demolition (An Essential Checklist)

by May 30, 2017DIY

A common saying goes, to make an omelette you have to break a few eggs. The same principle applies in bathroom renovations. To get the cool granite tiled shower, you have to tear down the old fiberglass unit.

It’s always safer and easier to request a professional to do your bathroom demolition. However, if you choose to do it yourself, safety must be a priority.

Here’s a checklist that’ll help you keep your DIY bathroom demolition project safe.

Bathroom Demolition is a Serious Project – Allocate Time Accordingly

With your completed bathroom renovation in your sights, it is easy to discount the work required in the bathroom demolition. This is a deceptive approach to the demo project. It causes you to be laid back, careless and in some cases negligent. Such an approach to bathroom demolition can make the exercise costly, frustrating and more importantly dangerous.

It can stall your entire bathroom renovation dream or nip it right in the bud.

Consider this; some specialized contractors do nothing but demolitions. So, put off the designer, procurement, remodeling hat and put on the demo hat for now.

Cover Up and Seal Anything That’s Not for Demolishing

Dust and plaster have a way of finding their way to the most hidden spots. Don’t just close the bathroom door and then start off with the bathroom demolition.

Take time to cover up drainage’s and seal any other part that’s not on the demo menu. Use materials such as plastic sheet and tape and ensure the no demolition areas are well sealed off.

Exposed brickwork, electrical cable and extraction venting after demolition.Find out What Lies Behind the Wall

If the house was built by someone else, it’s likely that you’ve never looked at the blueprints. Before you start the bathroom demolition, have a look at them and understand what lies behind the walls before you commence on the bathroom demolition.

Be on the lookout for live electrical wires, water and gas pipes too. After you have checked out the blueprints, use specialised tools for testing to get a better picture of what’s behind that wall. While it may be tempting to just punch a couple of exploratory holes and look make sure you do the next step first, just to be safe.

Turn Off The Utilities

Shut down the water, power and gas supplies. It sounds like a rather obvious move but, have you done it?

Double check and confirm the power, water, and gas supplies are off. Nobody intends to get electrocuted or create a burst water pipe. It is always better to take the precautionary route than to find yourself in a spot of bother.

Use The Right Tools

You’ll need to carefully select the tools to use for your bathroom demolition project. Have in place a good size sled, crowbar, and a pry bar. A functioning claw hammer also comes in handy although it doesn’t need to be shining new.

Avoid tools that have loose handles or broken. They may cause grievous injuries.

Wear The Right Safety Attire

Don’t take chances on getting injured. Wear a construction helmet, goggles, a respirator or at least a dust mask, gloves, and sturdy boots.

At bathroom demolition sites you could step on a sharp object or lean your hands against one on the wall. Also, there may be falling objects, dust, asbestos and flying debris.  Take caution by ensuring you have the right safety attire.

Take Care of the Waste

It isn’t a safe project until all the waste generated is safely disposed of. The best bet is to leave this to the pros. Especially if you suspect your home contains asbestos. Mishandling this material can be fatally toxic, but the worst part is you won’t know you have infected yourself or your family until years down the track. Asbestos kills! Don’t take the risk.

Make arrangements for a professional waste management company to collect the discarded material and do a thorough clean-up of the bathroom after the demo. Also, ensure the waste from the bathroom demolition is put in bags and marked as appropriately, such as hazardous. Then hand it over to the waste management pros.

Consult The Professionals

By following the steps above you can make your DIY bathroom demolition project a safer experience. But above all we highly recommend that you speak with a bathroom renovation expert before undertaking any renovation work, including demolition.

The last thing you want to do is destroy parts of your home that you don’t need to. Make sure your bathroom design plans are set in stone before picking up a hammer. We suggest picking up the phone and calling professional bathroom renovators such as NuDesign Bathroom Renovations.

Talk To The Professionals Before You Undertake Bathroom Demolition

Our professional Sydney designers and renovators will help your transform your bathroom with safe planning every step of the way.