12:23PM | 12/06/02
Member Since: 12/05/02
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I recently saw an Amish home for sale and the house was built on a concrete slab. There is no plumbing installed in the house whatsoever. How hard would it be to install plumbing into/under the slab? Would it be possible to remove the slab and put in an actual basement? Plumbing would have to discharge to septic field/system.


07:12AM | 12/07/02
Member Since: 12/06/02
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Installing a water service to the simply requires coring out a hole near the outside wall where you can bring the pipe from the trench into the wall. Most retrofits of this nature are done by installing the pipe runs dropping down from above. This is much simpler than trenching out the floor. The installation of the drain piping is more complicated as all drain pipes need the continuous downhill slope. It would involve blasting out the floor and laying in new pipe. The complexity of this system depends on the layout of the proposed plumbing system, however as a rule the more compact the design the less work it will be. For instance put all bathrooms and the kitchen on an ajoining wall so only that section of the floor needs to be removed.
Putting in a basement? Oooof! If your that into it sounds like you will be jacking up the whole house while a new foundation is poured and structural timber is built up to give you the height you need. If you do this adding the underground plumbing system would become an sidenote to the bigger project.


08:46AM | 12/17/02
Member Since: 11/17/02
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You may find its easier, to add an addition to the home with a kitchen and bathroom, than to try and break up floors or raise the home. The cost would be similar and no real distruction to the home would occur, other than at the point where the home and the addition connect. You could even add and addition to the master bedroom, which would include walk in closet and master bath. Slab on grade homes are easy to add on to.
Good Luck
Plumbing Prof
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