POST: Hi, and welcome to another episode of "What's New in Plumbing." I'm Boruch Fishman and today we're going to be talking with Pinchus Urszuy Co-Owner of A-1 Plumbing of Baltimore, a %LINK1% company. And we will be talking about what things you should know before beginning to install a %LINK2%. Pinchus: If you're planning to remodel your basement and want to add some new plumbing fixtures, there are some points you have to consider and some decisions you have to make before beginning the construction. You need to know where your sewer comes into the house. Sometimes it comes in under the slab, which is under the concrete floor, and sometimes, it comes above the slab. So those are two different scenarios. If your sewer comes in under the floor, under the concrete slab, then a plumber can locate it with his locators. And he can help you lay out your basement. Or better yet, he tell you what you need to know so that if you want to get it laid out, you will already know a certain amount of information so that an architect can draw up a set of drawings, before beginning the %LINK3% If the sewer is located underground, and you're the type of person that likes to get right down to work, without a lot of pre-construction planning, then you can ask your plumber to check the plumbing by opening the floor. The professional plumber will be able to tell you if there is enough slope in the drainage pipes to empty your toilet and other fixtures by gravity. Everything runs downhill. So when you flush your toilet, just the weight of the water and the fact that it runs downhill carries it into the city sewer. Let's say the plumber discovers that there won't be enough slope between the plumbing fixtures and the outgoing sewer line to drain everything by gravity. In that case, he will have to install for you a sewage ejector. The plumber digs a hole, and puts a pit in and puts a pump in. And what happens now is that the bathroom will empty into this pit, and the pump in the pit will pump all the raw sewage into the sanitary sewer line which is high enough to go out to the city sewer. So those are the two ways of tying into the city system. Boruch: Based on what Pinchus is telling us, the initial determination, before you install basement plumbing, is to discover whether your house sewer line lies above or below the level of your basement floor. And if it is below the floor level, is it deep enough to provide drainage via the force of gravity. If the force of gravity is insufficient, than you will have to install a sewage ejection system.We want to thank Pinchus for taking the time to talk with us, and folks, have a great day.
A-1 Plumbing of Baltimore is a Baltimore plumbing company
which specializes in basement plumbing