New Basement Plumbing with Water and Drain Connections
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Adding a bathroom when doing basement plumbing does not only boost your property value but also makes your life a little easier. A basement bathroom lets you enjoy that space without having to trudge upstairs when nature calls if you have turned your finished basement into a spare bedroom, exercise room or game room. Building a bathroom in the basement is not something to rush into as much as this improvement project may look like a smart move. Several issues come up when handling belowground plumbing projects which have proven to be even more complicated that the upper floor constructions. Before starting basement plumbing it is considered to first tackle the issues that might come with its construction first. The added complexity of basement plumbing means adding a bathroom to the basement areas which is a job left for plumbing professionals even if you have constructed a bathroom in your home before. It is easier to work with your contractor to create exactly the bathroom design you want while still getting familiar with the requirements of the project. This can also help you in creating a budget if you can have in mind what is needed in the basement bathroom.

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Design Considerations

Contacting the local building authority should be your first step. There are likely zoning ordinances and deep restrictions that you will need to consider with any building project especially in basement plumbing. Aim to locate the new bathroom as close to electrical wiring and existing plumbing as possible ideally. It often works if you situate your basement directly below the one on the floor. This therefore makes utility hookups less expensive and easier. The next consideration is the type of bathroom needed. Do you want a half-bath with just a toilet and a sink or you would be more contented with a full bathroom with a complete bathtub or stand-up shower. You may skip the tub or shower unless it is truly necessary since basements tend to be chilly and damp.

Consider an economical corner shower rather than a bathtub if you want place to clean. You could take considerations in waterproofing and heating too. To draw out moisture which is absolutely essential, you may need a high-power ventilation fan. When adding a bathroom to the basement areas you may also consider including a laundry although this comes with its complexities too. To manage overflows and access to an exterior wall for the dryer vent you will need a floor drain.

Drainage Considerations

When adding a bathroom to basement spaces drainage is the most critical consideration. There is a reliance on gravity to drain away sewage and wastewater in standard aboveground bathroom plumbing. To move the waste water down the pipes gravity provides a push known as a slope or fall. There must be enough of fall to drain the sink, toilet, tub and shower in a basement bathroom. Your contractor must consider these two issues below when inspecting your basement for new bathroom installation: plumbing depth and pipe size. Bathroom construction will relatively be easy if your existing plumbing drain is deep enough to create enough falls for drainage. You will need to consider some alternative options to standard gravity-fed toilets if you do not what is mentioned above. Secondly, the pipe size is important since if they are too small your plumber will need to put in larger pipes thus allowing space for basement drains. You have got some extra work ahead of you if your drainage lines are not deep enough to create a fall. You might need to excavate and remove parts of your basement floor in order for this tow work. As much as it seems difficult it is still doable with the correct specially designed equipment.

Basement Toilet Options

You have a number of choices of commodes for your new bathroom depending on your existing plumbing.

Pressure-assisted Toilet

The fall still is not as strong in the basement as it is on upper floor although your drainage lines may technically be deep for gravity-fed plumbing. Choose a pressure-assisted toilet that uses air pressure to force water through the pipes instead of risking clogs with standard plumbing.

Up flushing Toilet

You do not have to remove any concrete or excavate to install one since an up flushing toilet is a self-contained unit that sits on the floor. Through the wall to the basement ceiling and connecting to the sewer or septic tank line, the plumbing lines run upward. For adding a bathroom to basement areas this is one of the simplest options. Including a macerating function that grinds waste down to prevent clogging is added by some of these models. Before odor and overflow issues used to be the main problems since the older macerating models relied on water pressure for this grinding. These problems have been eliminated since the new models work on electricity.

Sewage-ejector Systems

Designed to pump sewage upward to the sewer or septic tank line sewage-ejector tank and pipe systems can work effectively. The hold water temporarily so it is at times correct to call them small septic tanks. These versions are available for both belowground and freestanding versions. Your sink and shower can also drain into this tank.

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