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03:33PM | 01/04/03
Member Since: 01/03/03
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We currently have a finished basement, but I have an area where the washer/dryer are that can be converted to a 3/4 bath. The basement is underground, and there is a window in the place where we would put the bath. We do not have a rough-in, so will have to jackhammer in the floor. My question is...Currently in this spot is the washer and the sink for the washer. When I do the laundry, sometimes the drain in the ground overflows. Will this become a problem when we add the bathroom? Also, any ideas on plumber cose here, we are going to try and do all the other work ourselves?


05:53AM | 01/07/03
Member Since: 05/13/02
9 lifetime posts
What I would do right off the bat, is to seal the drainage grate in your basement. As you have stated it backs up. I would hate to see your sanitary back up into your basement. As for a 3/4 bath, I would put in a sanitary pump for a toilet and shower. Bust the poured floor and pipe it all back to the pump barrel, it then pumps it up into you sanitary line. No chance of a back charge from your washer or the street. A contractor will cost between 500 - 1000 bucks. Its relatively easy

robert Fieder

02:04AM | 01/11/03
Member Since: 12/28/02
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Yes you can use the sanitary sewer under the concrete floor, this is best to leave for a experienced plumber.If you have water coming up from your floor drain now it is more likely caused by insufficient venting to the drain. A plumber will be able to identify this right away.Do not use an ejector sanitary pump.These are only used when the exit of the sanitary line is higher than the bathroom.You will have to more likely get a permit and have an inspection from your city or town office.One thing to keep the cost down is to do all the physical work yourself and let the plumber to all the undergrownd pipe.have the plumber mark the floor to be broken up and do this work yourself. An average 2-3 piece bathroom to supply and rough in under grownd is $600.00 to $800.00 depending how far he has to go for venting and to main sanitary line.If I can be any further assistance please e-mail me. DO NOT SEAL THE DRAINGE GRATE THIS IS PROBALY THE ONLY FLOOR DRAIN IN YOUR BASEMENT AND IF YOUR BASEMENT EVER FLOODED IT COULD FILL UP LIKE A POOL

[This message has been edited by robert Fieder (edited January 11, 2003).]

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