I'm finishing off the basement in my new house and putting in a small
bathroom with shower stall.
Will I have to vent the room? If so, how? I suspect that since the
room is so small, the humidity will be a problem when the shower is in
use. especially by a teenager. I could vent it into a large storage
area behind the bath, but don't know if that would do or even be code.
I suppose I could put in a fan and run a flex drier hose through the
outside wall, but that would be a LOT of work.
This if further complicated by how to heat the room. The basement will
probably remain at a constant 55-60 degrees. I'll be putting in a gas
fireplace in the main area, but that will only be used only
Now the kicker: if I put in a small baseboard electric heater in the
bath, won't the vent just pull the heated air out and waste the
energy? Remember, this is a very small room, 7' X 7'.
And, if I put in a vent, will I have to put a grill in the door for
Basement, shower, teenager... VERY bad combination!
You're pretty much asking for mold problems unless you actively
manage the humidity. I would try pretty hard to install an
outside vent. If that's a major no-no, you might want to
consider installing a dehumidifier in the basement (not the
A generous gap under the door is probably sufficient.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
I have a finished basement, as do many people ... and I have forced air
heating/cooling so for me the basement is treated exactly the same as
the other floors ... with properly situated air ducts. So, a question
... do you have forced air? If so, take adantage of it for your
heating/cooling rather than a electric heater here, a window cracked
open there. About the bathroom and venting ... put in a power exhaust
for sure ... but put it on a timed switch ... worked well for my
teenagers. And if you haven't considered it, think very seriously about
basement fire exits.
mandatory ventilation from a toilet room goes outdoors only. a ceiling
heat/light/vent fan may be the solution for you. don't forget minimum
doing it right is a lot of homework, you might want a permit on this so
it can be done right with guidance for your particular
area/climate/type of construction/height of sewer line/insulation
remodeling correctly may cost a bit more time but you won't have to
tear it our because it's wrong/unsafe/moldy in the future.
other technical basics at:
I don't have forced air heat. I have hot water. So I guess I'll go
with a vent with fan that auto turns on when the light is turned on.
I'lll have to bash a hole through a block wall to get to the outside.
No windows available. I think I'll just forget about heat for now. A
running shower should heat up the room comfortably enough. And as for
the toilet seat being too cold ... people will have to just grin and
bear it... or maybe they sell heated toilet seats ; - )
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