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Old 02-18-2018, 07:27 PM   #1
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New Shower, Old House Basement


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I have recently moved into a home built in 1942. In the basement there is a toilet in space surrounded with concrete block. I would like to turn that area into a shower and toilet. Maybe even have the toilet in the shower, but I am a little hesitant to jackhammer the concrete to put the shower drain and trap in. I've thought about raising the whole area above the floor grade to put the drain in, I am not sure if that's the best idea though.

I was wondering if I could drain the shower into the toilet drain, but I can foresee some issues with smells. I'm not sure the best way to attack this new shower and toilet space. Any ideas would be awesome!

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I'll try to add photos of the space here.
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Yep, you will have a stinky room to shower in. The toilet has the "trap" built in to it, that stops the methane gas from coming back out of the sewer pipe it is connected to. Your shower drain will have to have ...a trap. JMO
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Thanks for the reply!

Does that mean that I need to break concrete in order to have both a shower and toilet?

Could I build up a raised floor and put a trap underneath it, and extend the toilet flange up up around 8 inches or so? Like a step in shower?

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Not a plumper here, but I don't see why not, if you have the required headroom . Getting the toilet drain extended upwards properly will take some replies from the real plumbers on here.
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How are you going to extend the toilet flange.
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How are you going to extend the toilet flange.
Ooo, Ooo, I know this one!

Google "toilet flange extender" (or search HD or Lowe's web site for it.)



I just ran into those not long ago, never knew they existed but I'm guessing this is what they're for.
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You really can't avoid busting up the concrete unless you remove the toilet, build up a base, and put the shower and drain trap above it. And if it's anything like my house from the 40's, there isn't much headroom to work with.

Might be worth contacting a plumber to have them do the slab and drain work. This type of work in not uncommon.
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That's where I was going with raising up the flange. I have done many bathrooms in basement jobs and breaking isn't that bad.
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