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Basement Bathroom Plumbing

You can add a great deal of value to your home by adding a basement bathroom installation. However, Toronto bathroom plumbing in a below-grade environment takes more than common knowledge about sewer lines and drainpipes. These are a few different potential problem areas that you might encounter if you try to install your own bathroom

Consider the location

With a basement bathroom installation, gravity traditionally is not on your side. In most cases, an ejector is necessary to transport waste away from the bathroom. Sometimes it will be possible to plumb the bathroom without an ejector, especially if the sewage lines are below the floor. You need to make sure that you consider the local building codes as well, all the more reasons to call in the professionals who understand how to ensure that your bathroom is going to be functional and up to code.

The excavation process

If you know that the underground sewage line is not an option for your bathroom project, you will need to dig a pit for the ejector. This means that you need to excavate the basement floor. Because these floors are not very thick, you only need an electric saw or jackhammer to cut through them. However, the concrete dust is often a problem for people.

Consider the pipe

Different Toronto municipalities have different preferences for material. However, the preferred option for most has to be Polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This means that you have very little issues with bacteria, damage, or other problems.


Another issue that many do-it-yourself enthusiasts have is that they want to backfill the area they have excavated. They try to use the same dirt that they originally pulled out to fill the gaps – even though this sounds logical, it is the wrong move.

It is a good idea to use gravel instead of the actual excavated ground. It does not put pressure on the floor but still allows groundwater with enough room to seep through. The addition of a sump pump in your basement can help prevent cracks from developing in the concrete patching and can protect the home from flooding.

The conclusion

As you can see, basement bathroom plumbing has a number of unique challenges that make the job a bit more difficult than a traditional bathroom installation. If you feel that you are uncomfortable with the additional complications, let the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services take care of your bathroom plumbing needs instead.

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