Add Shower to 1/2 Bath / Laundry Room

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by tromo, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. tromo

    tromo New Member

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    I would like to expand my half-bath/laundry room to include a shower stall. I have sepate drain lines for the toilet, sink, and washer. Would it be possible to tie in the shower drain into one of the existing drains? Or do I need to run a new drain and vent? My initial thought is to use the existing washer drain and tie the washer in upstream.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. geniescience

    geniescience Homeowner

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    ditto
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    humid summers hot, humid winters cold
    Code varies

    its all about what the Code will let you do in your jurisdiction. I can think of two things that Code will cover.
    - 1. Drainage Fixture Units (DFU) is the big thing, and that relates to the size of your drain.
    - 2. Whether the washer drain has to be isolated from bathoom drains. In my building, I am allowed to connect only two specific things {a wash basin and a HW tank} to the washer drain but not the fixtures of a bathroom {tub, shower, sink, toilet}.

    Let us all know a little bit more and hope that you get good advice after that. I'm not a plumber.

    david
     
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  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    A couple of points to keep in mind. Shower and washer drains are required to be 2". I would hesitate to connect them together.
     
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