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NEWOWNER

08:04AM | 08/10/01
Member Since: 08/09/01
2 lifetime posts
Bvbasement
Where do I start?
Do I need a special permit?
Do I hire a contractor and how to find a good one?

PattyB

04:02PM | 08/13/01
Newowner: If your basement is below ground level you will need to hire a plumber. You will need equipment installed to pump the waste and water up into your sewer or septic line. I think you need an emaciator system with pump. Do you have a rough in for bath in place already on the floor? Still would advise calling a reputable plumber in your area and get his estimate and info as to what you will need. That should come at no cost. Great place to start.

Jay J

04:23PM | 08/13/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
HI NEWOWNER,

PattyB is right. (I'll be saying the same think in 'other words' ...)

If your toilet (and whatever) is BELOW the current Vent Pipe in the yard, then if you were to get a sewer backup, your basement will be the FIRST place the 'stuff' ends up. Remember, sewage takes the path of LEAST resistance. This is why the Vent Pipe is the LOWEST point in the existing system. If you 'buck' that rule, you'll need to counter it w/either an upflush system or a one-way ball stop.

Yes, I'd hire a plumber to at least to the work to Code. From there, if you're game, you can do the finish work (and save some $$$.) Oh, and don't forget to update your Homeowner's Insurance for Sewage coverage ...

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

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