What are some tips for basement toilet installation?


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Tips for installing a basement toilet focus on choosing the appropriate type of toilet for the situation. Below grade toilets require the use of an upflushing toilet or a standard toilet with a holding tank and pump. With daylight basements, the sewer main may be below floor level, allowing use of a standard toilet. Composting toilets are also a viable option, but limited in the amount of waste they can process.

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The holding tank option requires cutting a hole in the floor for installing the drains and tank. The cost of the pump and tank is about $400 as of 2015, but the cement cuts for retrofitting the system increases the costs significantly. The holding tank uses floats to control the pump, and most systems use macerating pumps to liquefy solids as they lift the waste.

The cost of the upflush toilet is more than a standard toilet and holding tank system; however, installation is easier. Like pump systems, these self-contained toilets for below-grade use require access to electricity to operate the pump.

Composting toilets evaporate the moisture from waste using electric heat and fans. They require a vent to the outside for eliminating odors and water vapor. Composting toilets are environmentally friendly, but require emptying on a regular basis.

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