basement bathroom

Old 12-01-02, 12:39 PM
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Question basement bathroom

i'm trying to lay out my plans for putting a bathroom in the basement but i am unsure of the placement of the drainage for the shower and toilet.

The main drain is above floor level. I already have a sump my washer drains into. I'm hoping to drain the shower into the same pump - but do I have to break up the floor to run the pipes?

and do I need a separate pump for the toilet? if so, is it located under the toilet or next to the toilet?
Old 12-01-02, 01:42 PM
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I am assuming that you have not pulled a permit for this nor contacted a plumber. It is adviseable to consult a plumber as to what you are wanting to do.

To avoid any problems and to meet code, consult a plumber or your local building official.

There are toilets available to pump up, the link is attached;

Hope this helps!
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Call a plumber (more)


I'd recommend calling a plumber (or three) - get them to come in and bid the job. While they're at it, you'll get a great 'free' education about what needs to be done to get your bathroom plumbed, and you can better evaluate whether or not you want to DIY or contract it.

Good luck!

Old 12-01-02, 06:59 PM
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Saniflo toilet worked fine for me

I went through a similar decision process, only without the added element of having a sump already.

We ended up choosing the saniflo product, and I installed it myself with a sink, toilet and shower stall. So far, no problem <sez he, knocking on wood>

Seemed to be cost-effective to spend money on the saniflo pump instead of digging a sump - only thing is I wish that there were more choices in rear-exit toilets.


P.S. with the saniflo, the pump is in a tank on the floor behind the toilet and below the regular toilet tank.
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Sump's a problem

Many people run their waste water into a sump pump and send it to the sewer or septic. Typically the sump is to take water away from around the foundation of your home or out of the basement. To properly drain your bathroom you probably want to install a sewage ejector pump to handle the toilet, shower and sink sewage. It is likely that you will have to break the concrete and install the pump - they are usually totally encased pumps.

Of course, you could do it all in your sump, but the toilet waste will cause problems unless you have a sewage ejector pump. Typically, resale is enhance when the basement bathroom is plumbed with an encased sewage ejector. Many bathroom installs in the basement are cobbled but they work.

The others had good advice - consult some plumbers. Let them quote the job and learn from them.


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