Finishing a basement offers a whole new realm for your family to explore. However, adding plumbing to basement areas require special considerations. Here are a few tips to make sure your well-intentioned additions don't turn into a disaster.
In order to keep your finished basement dry, consider installing a sump pump system. Sump pumps work to solve issues where the water table is above the foundation of your home. They send water away safely away from your home. They're typically installed in the lowest location in your basement in a special sump pit that works to collect water.
Having two pumps is better than one and will protect against most failures. If you want to be especially safe, have battery backups installed for both pumps. This will keep you covered if the power goes out.
Simplify Your Plumbing
When installing plumbing in your basement, ensure that as many plumbing fixtures as possible share a wall. This accomplishes several things. First, it lowers the overall cost of the project by limiting the amount of plumbing required. It also makes maintenance easier in the event of an issue because all of the potential issues are in the same place.
Another consideration if you want to keep pipes accessible is installing a hanging ceiling. The tiles of a hung ceiling are easily removable in the event you need to perform maintenance on the pipes there. This should only be done if headspace isn't an issue, as the ceiling will need several inches of clearance.
No matter where you install your new plumbing, when installing new pipes, you should also insulate them. This will prevent the condensation from cold water pipes from damaging your walls, and it will also prevent hot water pipes from losing heat.
Keep Waste Water Where You Want It
Install a backflow prevention valve if you plan on having sinks or tubs below grade. This valve will keep water from flowing in reverse. It works by sensing when water is flowing in the wrong direction and closing off the line, which can prevent a lot of problems in the long run.
If you intend to have a toilet installed, you should also have a full sewer ejection system installed. These systems work to ensure waste is expelled when gravity can't aid the process naturally. Basically it lifts the waste up, so that it can be expelled into the sewer. These systems also come with alarms to let you know if the waste level gets too high, or if there's a problem with the system.
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