Basement Bathroom Installation - Things You Should Know

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Hi, and welcome to another episode of "What's New in Plumbing." I'm Boruch Fishman and today we're going to be talking with Pinchus Urszuy Co-Owner of A-1 Plumbing of Baltimore. And we will be talking about what things you should before  beginning to install a basement bathroom.

Pinchus: If you're looking to remodel your basement and you want to add a bar sink  or if you want to install a second bathroom or a shower, or you want to add a shower or bathtub to an existing bathroom or if you don't have a bathroom in the basement and you want to add one, here are some things you need to consider.

You need to know where your sewer comes into the house. Sometimes it comes in under the slab, which is under the concrete floor, and sometimes, it comes above the slab. So those are two different scenarios. 

 If your sewer comes in under the floor, under the concrete slab, then a plumber can locate it with his locators. And he can help you lay out your basement.  Or better yet, he tell you what you need to know so that if you want to get it laid out, you will already know a certain amount of information so that an architect can draw up a set of drawings.

However,  if you're the type of person that says I'm just going to be my own contractor here, my own GC, then a plumber would decide whether or not he has to tie into the existing underground plumbing by opening up the flooring, and see if there's enough slope for the water to drain out, because everything drains out by gravity.

Everything runs downhill. So when you flush your toilet, just the weight of the water and the fact that it runs downhill carries it into the city sewer.

But if you don't have that kind of slope or availability, then what the plumber has to do for you is to put in a type of sewage ejector. The plumber digs a hole, and puts a pit in and puts a pump in. And what happens now is that the bathroom will empty into this pit, and the pump in the pit will pump all the raw sewage into the sanitary sewer line which is high enough to go out to the city sewer. So those are the two ways of tying into the city system.  

Boruch:  Pinchus has now explained to us the two basic scenarios that exist in the basement, when you want to add basement plumbing and ways in which a plumber can help you clarify, which of the two scenarios applies to you. As he has inoted, either your existing plumbing lies below the basement flooring, which means the toilet will drain with the force of gravity, or the sewer lies above the basement flooring, in which case you will need to use a sewage ejection system. We want to thank Pinchus for taking the time to talk with us, and folks, have a great day.

A-1 Plumbing of Baltimore is a general plumbing company. We provide 24/7 emergency plumbing services. We provide kitchen plumbing, bathroom plumbing, plumbing heating and basement plumbing as well.

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