Basement Bathroom Plumbing: Mistakes to Avoid
Basement bathroom plumbing requires a mixture of skill, care and experience. It is one of the most difficult household tasks, so it is advisable to work together with a professional to get the job done. An above floor bathroom plumbing system can be installed much more easily, usually within a day, so sort out your priorities and evaluate if a basement bathroom is actually necessary after all.
Plan Properly Beforehand
Every time you cut through concrete, you could be creating an area for leakage. Cutting through pre-existing piping below the concrete floors of your basement would be a catastrophe, so plan properly before you start drilling through any of the concrete floors or walls. Having an idea of the existing piping would also do lots of good in preparing your new plumbing system.
Some might find it useful to plan the locations of a bath or toilet using chalk on the concrete floors. This gives an idea of the space arrangement allocated to every unit.
Do Not Install a ‘Traditional Toilet’
Install a toilet that macerates waste before it pumps it out. This type of toilet works similarly to a sewage ejector without the noise and the cost of an ejector. Where price is concerned, these toilets cost more than the normal toilets do, but saves a lot of work on plumbing. An example of such a toilet is the Saniflo toilet. This toilet liquefies waste and then transports it to a sewage line. The waste is liquefied because it is much easier to pump off slur than solid material.
Without even knowing, using a sewage ejection system will cause limitations to your planning. One of the most problematic limitations is size. You will have to find place for a relatively large waste tank. Furthermore, this waste tank must be put in an accessible location, so walling it off is definitely not an option.
Seek Other Options To a Sewage Ejector
Even though it is efficient, a sewage ejector system needs regular maintenance, and the smallest of leakages could wreak havoc and can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Nowadays, lift stations are available in place of pumps. These are highly resistant and are less likely to leak than the traditional pumps.
Make Sure the Plumbing is Functional Before Sealing
To avoid mishaps, make sure that the plumbing is fully functional before sealing the floors once again with concrete. You certainly would not wish to re-open your basement floor again after realizing that the newly installed bathroom is not functioning as it should be.
Invest in an Alarm Detector
At first glance, buying a detector for the sewage pump might appear to be a waste of money. However, when considering the harm and damage it might prevent, it could actually be a good investment. These detectors give off an alarm when the water level inside the sewage ejector pump rises to an alarmingly unusual high level.
Despite being a tough job, adding a bathroom to your basement can be an excellent idea. It will give you more space on upper floors for alternative rooming.