For many homeowners a basement is the perfect way to add square footage to an existing home. Often a homeowner will decide they want a bathroom in that new renovation. The options for a bathroom above grade are limitless, however below grade bathroom installations must factor in special considerations. This guide will talk about how to save yourself some headache, and serious money when planning your basement renovation.
Things You'll Need
- pen and paper
- measuring tape
- plumbing fixtures
- pipe glue
- Saniflo Toilet
A common renovation scenario: You want to install a bathroom in the basement but it requires a sewage ejection system. To install a sewage ejection system into an existing basement takes valuable time and money, not to mention that it is an extremely messy job. Digging through existing concrete has its own hazards, you may not be fully aware what is under there and often you can run into serious problems.
Consider another option. Installing a Saniflo toilet is quick as far as plumbing goes. There are costs associated with a Saniflo toilet because it works similar to a sewage ejector without the noise and the cost of tearing up your basement floor.
Sanfilo toilets use above-floor, or a macerating technology. There's no reason to dig as sewage is not routed through underground lines it is instead moved to a pump. The pump liquefies paper and waste and then moves it to your sewage lines. The pump is completely sealed for life and requires no special maintenance.
With a sewage ejection system you are limited in your options. Your area must be big enough to hold your waste tank and you must have a way to access it. A Saniflo toilet can be installed anywhere. A tank can even be put into a wall to hide it if the homeowner wishes.
A Saniflo can be installed 15 feet below grade and up to 150 feet away from your sewage pipe or septic tank. This gives a homeowner more flexibility with design. The Saniflo tank can handle the toilet as well as all the bathroom fixtures. Everything can be piped in the walls and into the pump for removal into your septic or sewage pipes.
A Saniflo toilet is an economical approach to any basement remodel. The toilet can be expensive but when factoring in the costs of jack hammering and excavating the floor in the basement as well as hampered design option the money this system costs can be saved in all other areas.
Consider installing a Grey-Water system as well so that further savings can be made.
Tips & Warnings
- Talk to your local plumber to see if a Saniflo toilet is a good option for you.
- A Saniflo toilet comes with complete install instructions read them carefully.
- An above floor plumbing system can be installed in half a day without digging saving the home owner time and money.
- Any time you cut through the concrete foundation you can create an area for leakage.
- A sewage ejector system has to have regular maintenance and a leak of any kind can cost you thousands of dollars to repair.
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