Adding a Basement Shower

Add a shower to your finished basement, and you've got the perfect guest space.

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Contemporary Bath with Glass Tile Walls

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Photo by: Geoffrey Hodgdon

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

A finished basement space can be the ideal area for entertaining guests, spending time with family or creating an at-home work space. But a basement can also work doubly hard with the addition of a shower.

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Installing a basement shower often comes with the same strings attached as the installation of any basement plumbing, meaning that it often requires the uprooting of concrete. However, if a home was built with the main drain above the basement level, then the installation of a shower will require different steps.

In the event that a homeowner planned to add a bathroom in the future, then a contractor will have installed plumbing stubs. In this case, all that is required is choosing a shower and placing it over the plumbing stubs.

On the other hand, a shower can also be installed in conjunction with an up-flush system which would allow for the concrete to remain in place. An up-flush system works to pump sewage from a holding tank and into the main sewer line.

If a homeowner does plan to break concrete in order to install a basement shower, then it may be necessary to consult an experienced contractor. Digging into concrete requires knowledge about how to provide venting for a drain and avoiding other water systems which could cause future leaks.

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