Building a new home, or looking to update an existing one with a finished basement in Greeley, Windsor, or the surrounding area? We all know it can add a great deal of value to a home. But the plumbing involved in this type of renovation can be tricky. Bathrooms, kitchenettes or mother-in-law apartment kitchens, and wet bars all need to be properly drained. Here are some of the things we consider when we work on basement rooms with plumbing.
First of all, belowground plumbing projects are more complicated than first or second floor projects, so the initial step is planning the space with your building contractor. Then call us in to work out the plumbing issues. Drainage in basement bathrooms, kitchens and wetbars must be adequate and properly plumbed and installed to avoid some real miseries later: flooding, sewage backups and more. We'll talk about that below.
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Often, a family just wants to add a bathroom to the basement. It's best to locate the new bathroom as close to existing plumbing and electrical wiring as possible. Utility hookups will be easier and less expensive if you place the new downstairs bathroom directly below your first floor bath.
But do you want a full bathroom with tub or stand-alone shower? Or would a half-bath with toilet and sink be enough for your needs? If you have basement bedrooms, then you may want a place to wash up. Your budget will determine if an economical corner shower is a better deal for you than a full bathtub.
Will you need the room heated and waterproofed? At the very least, you'll want a high-power ventilation fan to draw out moisture and odors.
Many people place a laundry area next to the basement bathroom. That's a practical plumbing solution, but you’ll need a floor drain installed in case of overflows.
Want a kitchenette so you can fix quick snacks and clean up after without running upstairs? Adding a kitchenette is an excellent way to expand your home’s living and entertaining space. A full mother-in-law kitchen turns the basement into a separate living space, good for long guest stays or even rentals. You'll need the kitchen sink and any refrigerator water lines properly installed and linked to the drains. And did you know plumbers install gas lines, too? So if you want a gas cook stove or gas fireplace in your basement (or anywhere else in your home), we can do that, too.
They're growing in popularity all the time. Whether you have a mancave in your basement, or a full entertainment area where you bring guests and where your family loves to hang out, a wetbar is a perfect addition. From sodas to spirits, the wetbar allows you the freedom of beverage preparation and cleanup, without missing a minute of whatever is happening.
Drainage Is A Big Issue
When adding plumbed fixtures to basement spaces, drainage can be a problem. Now, aboveground plumbing uses gravity to drain sewage and wastewater. But in a basement bathroom or kitchen, there must be enough of a fall in the plumbing to drain the fixtures. If your existing plumbing drain is deep enough to create adequate fall for drainage, construction should be fairly easy. But if it's not, you need to look at alternative solutions.
Another consideration is pipe size. If your existing pipes are too small, your plumber will have to install larger pipes to allow space for the drains.
Your home's sewer line can also affect the project. If the sewer line is deep enough, your basement plumbing may be able to work on gravity, although your plumber will need to determine the flow rate. (A low flow rate is not sufficient to remove waste.) On a city sewer line? Then you’ll require a backwater valve to keep sewage from backing up into your plumbing fixtures. Backwater valve installation generally requires a permit, so it's best to have your plumber determine what you will need before you begin this project.
If it turns out your drainage lines aren’t deep enough to create sufficient fall, your plumber will discuss other options you may want to consider.
Basement Drainpipe Installation
When installing a basement drainpipe to service a toilet, sink, or shower, the concrete floor surrounding the main sewer line will need to be broken up and removed. Then a trench can be dug to accommodate a new pipe, which will be installed at a downward slope to reach the main sewer line.
But sometimes there’s not enough room for a new drainpipe beneath the concrete floor. And sometimes the main sewer line is actually above the floor. One solution is to build up the basement floor to create a false floor through which the new drainpipe can run. There are various types of non-standard toilets that might be a better choice than building a false floor.
What Kind of Toilet Will You Need?
There are pressure-assisted toilets that use air pressure to force waste through the pipes, helping to avoid the clogs that could happen with standard plumbing. Or you might consider an upflushing toilet which has plumbing lines running up through the basement wall to connect to the sewer or septic tank pipes at ground level. This is a fairly simple solution.
Showers, tubs and sinks all pose similar problems for basement installations, and a proper plumbing installation will make your new fixtures reliable.
Ready to learn more or to get started? If you're looking for plumbers near Windsor, CO, call us at 970-381-7379 or contact us today. We are plumbing contractors for Windsor, Greeley, Garden City, Evans, LaSalle, Kelim, Johnstown, Milliken, Lucerne, Eaton, Severance and Timnath.