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amazinlittledevil 01-03-2007 08:11 PM

Basement Floor Drain
I am remodeling a basement and want to add a bathroom. I have a floor drain located in the floor exactly where I would like to put the toilet for this bathroom. With a little modification to the floor (to raise the slightly sloping cement) I am wondering if I can place the toilet over this floor drain. I do realize that I will have to modify the drain sligtly as well and add a flange to bolt the toilet too. I'm not worried about figuring out how to make it work, so my question is: Do I need a floor drain in the basement?

Mike Swearingen 01-03-2007 11:39 PM

If your basement has the potential for flooding from leaking walls, burst water lines, a ruptured water heater, a burst washer hose, etc., etc., a basement floor drain is a good idea.
It would be better to cut the concrete and install a toilet and other drain lines downstream from the floor drain trap, in my opinion. (I'm not a pro plumber.)
Check with your Building Inspection Department for local codes, permit and inspection requirements before beginning.
Good Luck!

majakdragon 01-04-2007 06:52 AM

Part of your "little modification" will be chopping up the concrete and removing the trap on the floor drain. Double trapping of any fixture is against every code I have read. Toilets have a trap built into them.

amazinlittledevil 01-04-2007 10:42 AM

"Part of your "little modification" will be chopping up the concrete and removing the trap on the floor drain. Double trapping of any fixture is against every code I have read."

Good point, This is all the reason I need not to do it?

POOLMANinCT 01-04-2007 11:04 AM

do you really want to find out if you need a basement drain?

keep it its a luxury

majakdragon 01-04-2007 11:08 AM

YUP. Many people don't worry about the codes. The reason the codes are in place is for safety and the proper operation of the plumbing systems. Think about your idea to use the floor drain. Solids would not be removed to the main drain as they would hang-up in the floor drain trap. Eventually, they would clog the piping. I am guessing that the floor drain is cast iron pipe. This does not have a smooth interior such as the toilet bowl does. This would restrict the flow enabling solids to stay there. Hope this helps.

amazinlittledevil 01-04-2007 11:52 AM

Thanks for all the help, Im probably going to scrap the idea now. Although now I need to figure out what to do with the floor drain to make it look attractive in the room. I want to carpet the floor but im not sure what to do around the drain.

majakdragon 01-04-2007 12:45 PM

Check with a Plumbing Supply store. You may be able to purchase a brass or stainless steel cover. A lot depends on what the opening has available to hold it in place. Some have screws that hold them down and others have "ears" that hold them in place.

amazinlittledevil 01-04-2007 01:17 PM

It does have screws so it should be pretty easy to find something that looks attractive. Thanks

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