Installing a Basement Shower

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  • 72-96 hours
  • Advanced
  • 400-700
What You'll Need
Access panel
Dimensional lumber
Fiberglass shower enclosure
Framing tools
Plumbing drain
Plumbing tools
Water feeds

Installing a basement shower is one of the best ways to get a return on the investment for your basement remodeling process. A basement shower will raise its value significantly, while functioning as a handy amenity. Due to the subgrade environment that you are working with, you must take precautions against causing any future water damage while you are installing your basement shower.

Step 1 - Locate Drain

Locate the drain that was originally installed when the concrete for your basement was poured during its construction. It is going to be a pipe which protrudes from the floor.

Your drainage will run into this pipe. You can locate the shower anywhere in your basement that you like, but most people tend to find it significantly easier to place the shower in close proximity to this particular drain.

Step 2 - Design Basement Shower

Design your basement shower, making sure that it is easily accessible not only for you, but everyone in your household.

Step 3 - Begin Basement Shower Construction

Break a section of the floor where you are planning to install the plumbing for the shower. Remove any mesh or rebar that was put into place to reinforce the concrete in order to provide space beneath the drain for the shower so that a trap can be installed.

Step 4 - Vent Shower Drain

Vent the shower drain into the outside vent stack. If it is inaccessible, then you should purchase an auto-vent utilizing a rubber flapper for the trap in order to promote smoother drainage. If you do not have proper plumbing for your shower, then your drain will overflow, which results in costly water damage.

Step 5 - Frame Support Structure

Frame your shower's support structure. Refer to the manufacturer’s specifications to find out what you need to know regarding frame construction. Install the necessary plumbing within an interior wall and put an access panel inside an adjoining room so that it is easily accessible.

Step 6 - Insert Panels

Insert and secure the enclosure panels, double checking that your shower plumbing is installed correctly by running some water into the drain and observing it for leaks. Make sure that all of the leaks are addressed before you proceed in order to prevent water damage.