Adding a Basement Toilet
A basement toilet is a necessary addition to any bathroom, but the plumbing can be a bit difficult. Check out these solutions for installing a bathroom toilet in your basement bathroom.
By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
If you think plumbing can be difficult above ground, then you can only imagine the challenges that arise when installing a basement toilet. But don't give up just yet: With the right plumbing solutions for your space, you can easily install a basement toilet.
One option for basement plumbing is belowground water and waste pipes. If a home has a sewer-line that runs deep enough for gravity to take care of waste disposal, then you may be in luck. Call your local public works department and ask about the approximate sewer-line depth. If this is the case, then your plumbing will be able to run on gravity only, just as it does above ground.
If the sewer-line is not deep enough, then you may need to consider another plumbing method, such as a sewage-ejector system. These systems work like a septic tank in the sense that they are enclosed in a container that sits beneath a toilet.
If you would prefer an aboveground solution, then you may want to consider an upflushing toilet system. While they can be pricey, you will save money on installation and maintenance is easier because you do not have to dig below the concrete for repairs.
See also: Planning a Basement Remodel
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