Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes
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Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes

Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.


Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes

Want To Add A Basement Bathroom? A Few Ways To Overcome The Drainage Issues

Carla Taylor

When you have the need for an extra bathroom in your home, sometimes the only extra space you have is in the basement. While this can be a wonderful use of an unused area of the house, there may be special problems due to drainage issues. In order to not have all the water leaving your home backing up into the basement toilet or tub, here are a few ways to design a basement bathroom.


The best place to put a basement bathroom is directly under an existing bathroom, even if the bathroom is on the second floor. If this is not possible, the next best location would be under the kitchen sink. This will save time and money when you do not have to create new plumbing coming into the room and going out to the main drain.

Type of Toilet

Even if the main drain is lower than the basement, to facilitate gravity, you should still consider a special toilet. You can pick between:

  • Pressure-assisted toilet - this toilet uses air pressure to force any wastes from it through the plumbing system.
  • Upward flushing toilet – this toilet connects pipes directly to the pipes above it. The wastes are macerated to prevent clogging and then flow through to the main drain like all the other drains in the house.

Sewage-ejector Systems

A Sewage ejector system is basically a system with a small septic tank. The tank is placed either under the tank in the ground, or outside the basement wall in the ground. The toilet empties directly into the tank. This can be used for a sink or shower in the bathroom as well. You can have the tank designed to be composting or a regular septic tank. If it is a composting tank, you can use everything from it on your garden. If it is a regular tank, it will need to be pumped out periodically.

When putting in a basement bathroom, you can put everything in place and then build the room around it. This way you will not have to try to fit things or work in tight spots. Although it is possible to do the majority of the work yourself to have a basement bathroom, you may need to have a certified plumber connect the pipes to the main drain. You can check with the local building authority to find out if any permits or inspections will be needed. Go through your basement to decide on the best place for the bathroom, pick out the type of toilet you want, so you will never have to worry about your toilet backing up. To find out more, speak with a business like Knights Plumbing & Drain.