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More on installing a bathroom in your basement

Posted 07-02-2009 at 07:56 AM by faucetman886

I wrote yesterday about the ADA and have in the past blogged about the how to build an ADA compliant bathroom in your home from scratch or how to convert the bathroom you have to ADA standards.
http://nationalbuildersupply.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-plan-handicapped-ada-compliant.html
This subject along with my blog about adding a bathroom to your basement continue to receive a lot of “google” hits meaning there are a lot of you out there thinking about putting that bathroom in the basement that you’ve been promising your family for a while. I see this as one of two trends in the U.S. today, the first being the economy and the need to upgrade your home to get more value from it and the second being the proliferation of “mancaves” further defined as a place in the basement for ole dad and his buds to watch the games on a big screen TV and knock back a few without the interruption of kids and the wife. Both are worthwhile projects. Consistently additions of bathrooms and renovation of existing bathrooms and kitchens list very high on the return of investment scale. Converting useless empty space in a basement to a family room, guest quarters or other uses including the addition of a bathroom equals big money return on sale of the home. The problem with adding a bathroom to a basement is almost always a matter of “lift” or ejection of the sewage from a location below grade to the drain line in your home or in simple terms your basement is below the level of your septic tank or sewer line. Additionally there is usually a concrete foundation floor that doesn’t allow for the laying of the plumbing lines for the toilet. In my previous blogs I showed examples of two types of units that can facilitate the solving of this problem. One a self contained sewage ejector system that can be neatly buried in one hole which will allow you to establish a drain and ejector for the toilet, sink and shower in one simple hole in the foundation or basement floor. The other is a simple device that mounts on the floor and simply allows you to mount the toilet on this device and either step up to the toilet or build a false floor to the level of the device. There are many such devices on the market but good examples are found at W.W.Grainger at the following website http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/wwg/productIndex.shtml?from=Search&newSrch=yes&operato r=keywordSearch&search_type=keyword&action=Go%21&Q ueryString=basement+toilet&submit.x=27&submit.y=6
For further info on this type of project take a look back at my previous blog on the subject at
http://nationalbuildersupply.blogspot.com/2009/05/can-i-install-toilet-in-my-basement.html
I usually publish blogs 3 days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays but because of the July 4th Holiday I’m posting today so that I can wish you all a safe holiday and maybe jog you into a great weekend project to start planning.
Thanks to all who read and follow my blogs and PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT OR TO LET ME KNOW OF FUTURE SUBJECTS YOU WOULD LIKE COVERED.
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