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.

CI-Basement-Ideas-bathroom_s4x3

CI-Basement-Ideas-bathroom_s4x3

Photo by: unknown

unknown

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
Related To:

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.

Basement Remodels: Before and After

See All Photos

Shop This Look

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.

Repairing Basement Walls, Floors, and Ceilings

See All Videos
Keep Reading

Next Up

Choose the Right Toilet for Your Bathroom

Size, height and function all play a role in selecting a toilet for your bathroom. These tips will help you find the right commode for your family.

Water-Saving Toilets That Won’t Flush Away Your Money

Save money and go easy on the environment, check out the last innovations in low-flow, dual-flush, pressure-assist and gravity-assist toilets.

Install a Drop Ceiling

Learn how to install a soundproof ceiling, a must for any basement.

Adding a Basement Shower

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

How to Replace a Toilet

Home repair expert Henry Harrison shows how to remove and replace a toilet. On his elbow grease scale of one to four, he gives this job a two.

Adding a Basement Kitchen

Create a welcome space for guests staying the night or an additional area for everyday needs by designing a basement kitchen.

Maximum Home Value Bathroom Projects: Toilet

Sure, it's a toilet, but there are still ways to make it design savvy! Read on for ideas.

Before You Hire a Basement Pro

Choosing a contractor is one of the most difficult decisions. Here's what you should ask.

Add Style to Your Finished Basement

Get tips for choosing the right finishing touches for your basement remodel.

Thrones Fit for a King

If you want the very finest in toilet design and technology, these high-end models can give your bathroom the royal touch.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.