If you are fortunate to have a finished basement and a basement bathroom, then a lot of the work is already done. But if you are hoping to install a bathroom in your basement, or if you need to work on plumbing a basement bathroom, then there is a lot of preparation you need to do.
Adding a bathroom to your basement will add a lot of value to your home, as well as adding a lot of convenience. Whether it is a full bathroom or just a half bathroom, the added facilities make hosting friends and family easier, and can even give your overnight guests a bit more privacy. Many homeowners choose to take on this task themselves, and you can be one of those DIYers with the right tools and the right knowledge.
A common basement bathroom project involves installing a DWV system, or a drain, waste and vent system. Although this is considered one of the more difficult aspects of the job, the cost you would spend on materials can be at least $1,000 less than you would spend on labor to have the professionals do it.
This process begins with finding the main drain, or the vertical pipe that runs into the basement floor. As you plan the system, you need to measure a sufficient slope so water flows smoothly through the pipes. You will need some muscle for the next part, which is trenching the floor so you can access the right section of the drain.
When you tie into the drain, you can then build the drain system that you had planned out. This means plumbing for the toilet drain, the shower drain, and the sink drain. With the proper pipes in place, you next need to patch the floor with concrete and level it out. Then, after installing the vents, you can begin installing the appliances, and add any other finishes to the bathroom.
Installing a bathroom to your basement is a project that you can do yourself, but if you are not comfortable or confident enough to tackle the installation yourself, ask the professionals for help. For more information on installing a new basement bathroom, or for help on planning a new bathroom in your basement, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.