Trying to avoid a soffit surprise

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Last updated on January 1, 1970


We are planning to remodel our bathroom and kitchen. We want to remove the soffits in both rooms. What is under the drywall, and how difficult is it for us to do?

— Terri


Removing the soffits is not too difficult. Behind the soffits, we have found plumbing pipes, heat ducts and wires. Not always, but sometimes. Some of these can be pretty challenging to relocate. If you have reason to believe that you could find some of these things, you could cut a hole in the face of the soffit, large enough to stick your head in with a flashlight and take a good look. If you find any pipes, wires or ducts, call a professional to have them relocated.