Basement Plumbing: What You Should Know

Installing a bathroom in your basement doesn't have to be a hassle with these tips for basement plumbing.

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Adding a bathroom or additional basement plumbing to your finished basement can not only enhance the living space, but it might also increase the value of your home. But the basement is a below ground space, meaning that installing a toilet or sink can require a little more handiwork than that is required for basic plumbing.

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Clean and Conceal

Oftentimes the basement is home to several rooms in one. So, when you'd rather not showcase the washer and dryer during family movie night, just hide it away with a custom set of double doors.

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Double Up

Featuring plenty of cabinets for storage, open counter space for folding and two sets of washers and dryers, this laundry room is ready for some serious soil.

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Customize It

Don't let lack of a designated laundry room keep you from having all the things you need. Consider adding inexpensive cabinets and shelves in the basement to get the custom look you desire.

Make It Yours

Set the laundry area apart from the rest of the basement, while also making laundry day a little more enjoyable with a fun wallpaper design.

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All the Amenities

Vibrant color and a TV and DVD player make laundry day more of a privilege than a chore.

Soft Touch

Light-colored cabinets, a warm rug underfoot and a beautiful bouquet of silk flowers can make even the darkest of basements seem homey.

Curtain Call

A metallic divider separates this sleek laundry room from the rest of the space, while also adding to the room's modern appeal.

Elevated Storage

A platform underneath the washer and dryer offers extra storage space, while a ledge above can be used for decorative pieces or more practical cleaning supplies.

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Work Station

Take advantage of all your basement's space by combining your laundry room with a home office. It's never been easier to get a little work done while waiting for your whites to dry.

Hide and Chic

A funky fabric table liner may be just the thing to conceal a mess of dirty clothes while also giving your laundry space a fun punch of color.

When it comes to installing plumbing in a basement bathroom, there are a few options that may work for your space. If you are lucky enough to have a home that was built above the sewer lines, then you can attach the plumbing in the same manner you would if the bathroom was located above ground.

On the other hand, if a home's sewage pipes run above the level on which the basement is built, then there are two other systems from which a homeowner might choose in order to install basement plumbing. The first is an up-flushing system which relies on various tubes to push used water into the main sewage line. The other options is 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.

Keep in mind that digging into the foundation of a home always increases the chances of a leak. If installing basement plumbing requires going beneath the concrete, then you may want to consider the opinion of a professional.

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