Adding on to your home or converting existing space so that it works better for your needs is not uncommon, and adding a bathroom to help support the added space can be beneficial. There are some things you need to consider when adding a bathroom to your home, so hiring a plumber or plumbing services company to do the work is the best way to ensure it is done right.
Septic or Sewer Line Capacity
Anytime you consider adding a bathroom to your home, you need to consider the sewer or septic support that the bathroom needs. Hiring a plumber to look at the existing system and help you determine if you can add more sewerage capacity to the current system is an excellent place to start.
If your home has a septic system, it may not be large enough to support an additional bathroom. Small septic tanks will fill up more rapidly with additional waste going into them. Still, if you are adding a bath without adding more people to the home, you may not be generating additional waste, so if it is done right, the system may still be able to handle the addition.
After an inspection of the system, the plumber can tell you if your current septic system is up to the task or if you are going to need to consider a new septic system to support the additional waste. Discuss the options with the plumbing services company before work starts.
If the home is on a city sewer line, the additional bathroom is not going to be an issue, although once the plumber installs everything, you may see a rise in the cost of sewer each month. This is going to depend on how the additional bathroom is used and if there is more wastewater going down the drain.
Permits and Requirements
The plumbing services you hire may need permits to do the work in your home, and if the house is on a septic system, it may be necessary to prove that the system has the capacity for the additional bathroom before they can start any work. The plumbing services company you are working with will explain the process to you and help with any permits that may be required.
If you have a contractor working on the addition, and they hired the plumbing services as a subcontractor, the contractor will deal with any permits needed for the job. Check with your contractor to determine what you need to do, if anything, to move the process along.
For more information, contact a local plumbing service.