Plumbing Companies Dallas on Building a Basement Bathroom

First in a series of articles all about plumbing — Building A Basement Bathroom

If you are short on bathrooms in your house and you have some basement space, building a basement bathroom is a good idea.  Adding a basement bathroom will not only provide you with convenience and comfort; it will also serve to raise your property value in the event that you would like to sell.  According to plumbing companies Dallas, building a bathroom in the basement does not need to be complicated.  You simply have to choose your location wisely.  If you place it directly underneath another bathroom, you will save yourself a lot of money and trouble.  A basement bathroom can be an exciting DIY project.  Plumbing companies Dallas shows you how.

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    Measure your available space.  Building your basement bathroom directly under a ground floor bathroom will allow you to use the existing sewer lines.  In addition, it will prevent future problems concerning pipe elevation and rise.  You will be saving money by not having to buy as many plumbing materials.

  2. Work on a layout sketch so that you can plan accordingly.  Once you are done, transfer the layout to the actual basement flooring using chalk lines to indicate walls, entry points, etc.
  3. Start building your walls with metal studs and moisture-proof drywall.  Moisture-proof drywall is a bit more expensive but you will need it because basements and bathrooms are generally damp.
  4. Purchase the plumbing fixtures you have outlined in the plan.  This is the fun part, as you get to choose how you want your bathroom to look.  At this point, it would be a good idea to consult a professional plumber to see which fixtures would work with your plumbing and which would not, especially if you intend to install special fixtures such as wall-mount faucets, etc.
  5. If your basement is below the level of your sewer pipes, you will also need to install a sewage ejector system or an upflush toilet since waste water will be fighting gravity in its way out of the basement.  Again, your plumber will be able to provide you with advice on this.
  6. Handy DIYers can install the fixtures and run all the piping, but in most areas, building codes require that a licensed plumber make all the final connections.
  7. Lay down the tiles, paint your walls, and add all the touches to make your bathroom space your own.

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