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Old 04-13-2007, 09:22 PM   #1
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We are having a spec home built and we just found out (the house is almost completed), that the rough plumbing in the basement (we paid extra for) will require a sewage pump. Apparently, it was unknown until after we had approved the plans and they had started building that the sewage pipe from the street would come in above the floor level. No one we know has any experience with sewage pumps, will this be a major issue? This will be a third full bathroom when we complete it. We were planning on finishing the basement ourselves in a couple of years, but should we have the builder install the pump and put in a cheap toilet to make sure it works?

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Yes it is a major issue when you add a sewage ejector, best read all you can if you plan on doing it yourself, read the codes, they will tell you all you need to know,

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Sorry, I forgot to add that there is already a hole in the floor for it and the piping that connects the rough plumbing to where the sewage pump is supposed to go.
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If it's already roughed in, your life is much simpler. Make sure the builder has roughed in a vent for the pump that goes out through the roof.

From that point, you just have to design your bath around the rough in. Go over to this thread and look at some of the pictures. It's what I did with my basement bathroom after the builder had done the rough in.
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Thank you for your responses. beer geek, what is the importance of having the pump hooked up to a vent? Is it just for the smell or is there another reason as well?
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Unfortunately, it's another thing to have to consider when the power goes out. Can't use that toilet unless you have a backup generator.
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Thank you for your responses. beer geek, what is the importance of having the pump hooked up to a vent? Is it just for the smell or is there another reason as well?

First and foremost: It's code.

When you pump the liquid out of the basin, the liquid is replaced by air. That air has to come from someplace. If you didn't have the vent, it would draw from the drain pipe. That would take the water out of the P-trap thus exposing the room to "sewer" gases.
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Thank you, we will definitely check for that before we close on the house.

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