Home renovations usually require adding or modifying a basement bathroom. In some cases, the homeowner will already have basement rough in plumbing, which reduces renovation costs and construction time.
But, how do you proceed with a basement rough in plumbing? What does this even mean? Read on and find out.
Rough in plumbing means that the pipes for water supply and drainage have been installed completely, but the fixtures connecting to them have not been attached yet.
So, even if you have a basement rough-in plumbing you still have to install your bathroom sink, toilet, tiles, and other bathroom fixtures.
Sounds complicated? You already had half the work done! Now, we’ll teach you how to finish that basement rough in plumbing.
The best way to finish a basement rough in plumbing is to call for professional plumbing services. Professional plumbers are knowledgeable in setting up the entire plumbing system, and they will ensure that you have proper bathroom and drainage installations that comply with building codes.
We don’t recommend doing DIY rough in plumbing as the extent of the job is not for beginners or even intermediate home renovators. In saying that, these are the steps a professional plumber would take to complete a rough in plumbing job in a bathroom remodel:
Before you install any fixture, you want to make sure that the basement rough in plumbing is working properly. Otherwise, you could end up tearing down your entire project right after you’ve finished it.
To test a basement rough in plumbing for leaks, you’ll need a pressure gauge and a tube that connects to an air compressor. These tools should help you perform a pressure test, which will help you find plumbing leaks and avoid costly repairs in the future.
Here’s how to do a pressure test:
If the pressure drops then it means you have a leak! To find it, go through the pipes until you find a hissing sound. Put a soap solution on the area and look for the spot where it bubbles.
Replace the pipe and/or seal the joint and do an air pressure test once the seal has set to see if there are no more leaks.
Next, you can proceed with installing the bathroom fixtures. But before you do, you need to install the drywall and floor tiles first.
Setting the drywall and tiles before installing the fixtures creates a cleaner finish. It’s also easier to attach fixtures on top of the drywall and tiles, instead of walling or tiling around already installed fixtures.
Before you fix the drywall and tiles, make sure you measure and cut where the fixtures would go. After the tiles have set, you can then proceed with installing the appliances or fixtures.
Once you’re done with the drywall and tiles, you can proceed with installing the sink.
To install the sink and faucet, you need to:
Here are the steps in installing a new toilet:
Now it wouldn’t be a bathroom without a shower, would it? So here are the steps in installing your shower:
Now that you’ve already installed the essential fixtures, it’s time to add the final touches.
Add in the vanity, shower doors, mirror, decor, cabinets and everything else to make your bathroom as cozy as the rest of the house.
If you haven’t installed the lights yet, now is the time to do it.
Once you have added all the accessories and appliances, your bathroom is ready to be used.
Here at 1st Rooter, we’re pretty confident we’ve laid out the perfect guide for finishing a basement rough in plumbing, but we’re also confident we can do the job faster and safer than most DIYers.
So if you want to ensure your walls are going to stay dry, or that your faucets and pipes are not going to burst and cause water damage, leave a work request or call 1st Rooter for 24/7 professional plumbing services and we’ll make sure you get the best results out of your renovation budget.