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Options for a Basement Bathroom Toilet

Posted by admin in Long Island Basements on May 10th, 2010

If you’re thinking about remodeling your basement and adding a bathroom, you’re making a smart decision.  Homeowners can often recoup as much as eighty-five percent of the cost of their bathroom addition if they decide to sell later.  After all, an additional bathroom adds real value to a house, making it much more convenient for everyone living there.  Many older homes were built with only a single bathroom, which is difficult for modern families to deal with.  Add guests in, and you could be facing a frustrating situation.  The right basement bathroom with the right basement bathroom toilet could be the solution to all your problems.

A basement bathroom remodel is a unique situation, unlike adding another bathroom above ground.  The room’s location in the basement means that you’ll have moisture and lighting concerns, a real need for ventilation, and some special plumbing requirements.  A toilet located below the level of your sewage lines won’t flush properly, after all, and sinks and showers or tubs in the basement won’t drain.  This is why your basement bathroom toilet and other fixtures need to be set up properly.

You can install a sewage ejector as part of your basement bathroom renovation.  This is the most common and conventional method.  To do so, however, you’ll need to excavate a portion of the basement floor in order to install the ejector.  Waste water of all kinds can be handled this way, and it’s a relatively well tested system for making sure your basement bathroom toilet works properly.  You may need to talk to a professional about installing this kind of system, unless you have a lot of experience with plumbing, or you’ve dealt with one before.

Another option that’s more costly for the fixture, but sometimes cheaper in the long run, is a macerating toilet.  This kind of bathroom installation can also handle sink and tube waste water as well, as long as you choose a unit of the correct size.  However, unlike an ejector, it requires no digging.  Some additional space is needed for a pump box and macerating unit, located either behind the toilet or in the wall.  This method is relatively easy and requires no maintenance, but it is a little more costly to set up at first than a sewage ejector.

No matter what kind of basement bathroom toilet setup you decide to use, you’ll need to know a fair amount about your plumbing and what you want out of your renovation.  Pay attention to your budget and your pre-existing piping and wiring setups in order to create the right basement bathroom plans for your needs.  Your stark, unfinished basement has the potential to become a really useful space for you, and the addition of a basement bathroom is an important part of that process.  With the right plan, you’ll have no problem putting together a basement bathroom that’s right for you and for your family.  It’s a great way to add value and livability to your home!