The continuing saga of me and my broken plastic pipe and shower valve
So I am removing the sheetrock in pieces small enough that I can put them
back with minimal patchwork when I'm done - hopefully. As I open up the
wall behind the shower stall, I find that it is stuffed full of insulation.
Is this normal, typical, or even expected? Is there any reason to put
insulation in an interior wall simply because there is a shower stall on
the other side?
It also helps keep the shower wall from feeling ice-cold when you lean
your bare butt against it. The first 30 seconds of hot shower water
warms up the surface pretty well, and having insulation behind it keeps
that heat from dissipating as fast. It makes a real big difference when
you insulate around soaking tubs, as well.
When we remodeled my downstairs bath, we stuffed the interior walls,
mainly because we could. I can't say it has made any noticeable
difference though, the tiles are still very cold to the touch in the
winter months. Still it was worth a try. It probably does make it
easier for the ceiling mounted electric heater to warm it up for a
shower, but it is hard to say.
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