3 Essentials for Any Basement Bathroom

Posted on: 25 October 2016

If you are thinking about turning your basement into a game room, an extra bedroom, or another room that you and your family can use, you might be thinking about adding a bathroom as well. However, you should know that there are a few additional considerations you should think about when installing a bathroom in this area of the home. These are a few "extras" that you might want to install when adding a bathroom to your basement.

1. Sewer Ejector Pump

When using plumbing in your basement, either for your new bathroom or for your washing machine, you have to be able to pump the wastewater up and out of the basement and into your plumbing system. In order to do this, you may need a sewer ejector pump. Even though a sewer ejector pump is generally not needed for other bathrooms in the home, it is something that you will want to talk to a plumber about if you are thinking about installing a bathroom below your home, in the basement.

2. Ventilation Fan

As you probably already know, basements can be moist and humid already. Once you add in a bathroom -- particularly if you are planning on installing a bathtub or shower rather than just installing a half bath -- in the basement, you need to think about the additional moisture that can be created. To help combat all of this moisture and to prevent mold, mildew, and other issues, you will want to install a good, heavy-duty ventilation fan in the bathroom. This can help whisk away the moisture from the bathtub or shower, along with the additional moisture that might already be found in the basement.

3. Upflushing Toilet

One of the best toilet options for a basement bathroom is an upflushing toilet. Basically, an upflushing toilet is self-contained, so you do not have to worry about excavating through concrete in your basement in order to install it. When your plumber installs your upflushing toilet, he or she can install it so that the pipe runs up through your basement's ceiling; then, the pipe will be connected to the sewer line.

As you can see, there are a few special considerations that should be taken when installing a bathroom in your basement. By remembering these important guidelines and working with an experienced plumber, you can help ensure that your basement bathroom installation project goes as smoothly as possible.