Bathroon reno, tiles, mold issue
Dear fellow diy-ers,
I am renovating my master bathroom next week and would like some tips on particular things.*
I currently have a very nice bathtub liner. I would like to keep the bathtub as is, without replacing it. What I am very excited to do though is remove the ugly, out dated plastic liner panels that are on the walls around the bathtub. I would like to tile those walls instead.
My question, and concern is what will I find behind those plastic panels once I take them down? I currently have a very slight mold problem that is in a 'dot' pattern on the ceiling above the bathtub. My guess is, either there is some water damage behind the wall panels, or perhaps very poor ventilation (my bathroom vent is very old and is one of the things that I plan to replace during this reno).*
The mold can easily be wiped off, but it just comes right back in a few weeks. There currently is no heavy mold spots where it affected the surface of the ceiling.
I also have a slight mold spot on the front side edge of the bathtub (where the bathtub meets the wall.*
Questions that I have:
How do I best remove the mold off the ceiling and on the side of the bathtub where it meets the drywall? Any sealants/protectors that you can recommend?
Are the plastic wall panels usually glued down on top of drywall?
When I take down the panels, if there is water damage, should I replace all of the drywall around the bathtub?
For the tiling, do I even need the drywall? Or can I rip it down to studs and just slap cement backerboard on it for the tiles?*
When I do this, do you recommend taking out the bathtub completely? Especially if there is water damage?
What is your advice to ensure very good moisture proof and waterproof renovation, when it comes to tiling around the bathtub?
I apologize for so many question. Any help will be very much appreciated! Thankyou inadvance.