3 essential components of a basement plumbing system

November 18, 2013

Do you have to do, or redo, some basement plumbing? Are you overwhelmed just at the thought of it? Don’t give up: call your plumber!

3 essential components of a basement plumbing system

Installing the plumbing infrastructure in a basement can be quite a challenge, even a Herculean task. But with a bit of patience, some good advice, and the help of your plumber, you can finally complete that basement finishing project you’ve been dreaming about for years.

The three components of a basement plumbing system

Plumbing systems are usually composed of three separate parts: the water supply, waste water, and ventilation. A diagram of your basement plumbing system is vital in order to complete the work and avoid any major disasters. Your plumber can help you with this.

A few tricks for a successful job

  • Plan the layout of your basement according to the positioning of the water pipes.
  • Draw up a list of the appliances that you want to use in the basement, as well as those you may acquire in the future. Appliances and bathroom facilities that are usually found in a basement include a water heater, washer and dryer, a modular shower, toilet, and sink. Even though it’s less common, you could also install a bathtub in the basement.
  • It’s always preferable to make a diagram with the help of your plumber, positioning your appliances in the available space in such a way as to have the necessary slope for water drainage.
  • Place your water heater as close as possible to appliances using hot water, as the longer the pipes are, the more heat loss there will be. Similarly, avoid placing pipes in outside walls, as heat loss can be considerable, especially during the winter. Moreover, did you know that the temperature of a water heater should never go below 600C (1400F)? If the temperature drops lower than that, there is a risk of bacteria growth in the tank.
  • Ask your plumber to install faucets with pressure-balancing valves. These devices offer pressure and temperature control, thus avoiding the risk of scalding.
  • If you’re installing a modular shower, your plumber will ensure that all your basement plumbing meets required standards. If you opt for a laundry room in the basement, it is important to position the washing machine’s water supply taps about 1.25 meters (four feet) from the floor. This will allow you to turn them on and off easily to prolong their life and to prevent any leaks or water damage caused by wear and tear.

A job done according to the rule book

Basement plumbing jobs have to be done according to building codes, especially because your home’s drains are hooked up to your municipality’s water and sewage systems. That is why your plumber is a necessary ally in your renovation project. With the risk of water damage, mildew, and sewage backups, you definitely don’t want to find yourself in deep water!

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