Every guy has thought about it, but likely never asked his wife if it could be a possibility. I am talking about having a urinal installed in your home whether it is in your man cave, garage or master bathroom. Would it surprise you to know that this is a growing trend in male dominated households? Now your dream could become a reality. We are discussing the ins and outs of having a urinal in your home.
Overcoming the stereotype
I know that installing a urinal in your home might be a tough sell to your wife because she is probably thinking of the questionable gas station ones; however they are starting to become a trend in high-end homes across the US because of the elegant and luxurious versions that are now available. Say goodbye to the standard white urinal you are accustomed to; now they are sleeker and come in an array of unusual shapes and designs such as teardrops and even orchids. If you need more help convincing your wife, according to www.BuildingGreen.com, if you have two males in your home, each using the urinal roughly three times a day, times 340 days a year at home, and you install a waterless urinal it will replace about 2,040 toilet flushes per year, saving you about 3,250 gallons of water. Now, what wife will say no to more green in your pockets?
So what’s it going to cost you?
Traditional urinals are probably going to run you roughly $300-600 and for the more upscale versions the systems can run $900-$1300. If you are building a new home, the cost of installing one will be quite minimal, but if you are planning on installing it in an existing bathroom, it could be more costly because your plumbing may need to be altered. If you install a no-water urinal, you would not have to worry about this just a drain system.
Installing a urinal in your home
Attempting to install a urinal in your home without doing your homework could be disastrous. The single most common urinal installation mistake is installation on an unstable wall. You will need to use a stud finder to ensure proper mounting and so that the weight of the urinal is able to be supported. The next most common mistake is a failure to not set up the piping properly. The big problem with this is, you could cause issues with water flowing to the urinal or from waste water flowing out correctly. Measure all piping to the proper width and length to avoid these problems. Don’t forget the p-trap! It is the portion of piping that extends below the base of the urinal. Its main purpose is to ensure that if there is any problem with your flow of waste out of the urinal line and into the sewage line, the urinal will not overflow and cause a huge mess. Be sure that your pipes are tightened properly, but not too tight, to avoid leaking water.
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