If your planning a Full Bath project in your finished basement that includes a either a walk-in shower or a tub/shower unit, there are several stages of plumbing these units into position you will have to undertake.
None of these stages are hard, and can be easily mastered by just following a clear concise set of instructions. Plumbing a shower or tub in the basement is a little more involved than a first or second floor project, mainly because you are working underneath the surface of the concrete basement floor-line.
Most basement bathrooms have a sewage ejector system that’s needed to pump sewage water up and out of the basement to the street or private septic system. Because of this, the drain line and the units “waste trap” are located under the basement floor creating a more challenging drain line project. This involves renting a “floor buster” or jack hammer to “jack-open” your waste line trench in the basement floor, this is a noisy, dirty, physical job that will take a few hours to complete so be prepared!
Outside of the drain line phase of the project, the rest of the basement shower or tub/shower project is identical to any other level of the home you would be installing these units. This video discusses the setting of one of these units and will briefly explain the different steps to completing the installation.
We will explain setting the drain lines, the 2″ shower trap, setting the fiberglass 4 piece shower unit in position and then securing it to the framing. We will also discuss cutting the hole in the shower wall for the shower valve placement. This video will give you some good insight into this type of project and should help you determine if this type project is for you!
Good luck with your project!