Might seem a dumb question but what trade would one hire to install a
floor drain in a basement? Plumber is the obvious guess, but it would
involve concrete work too, no? Especially getting the slope right?
What about a "wet basement guy"?
We have upper and lower basements. Lower has a floor drain, upper
does not, but upper does have rough in for bathroom. Seems to me
that any basement should have a floor drain.
The principal of the TV show Holmes on Homes uses specialist
subcontractors for plumbing (and electrical work, gyproc, painting,
etc.): but the principal claims to be himself expert in concrete
for indoor use e.g. basements (while he contracts out outdoor
drain and concrete work.)
A note of caution: I grew up in an urban area with city sewers. Our house
had a drain in the basement floor. My dad had a headstone nearby. I
remember a helluva storm where all the power went out and the streets were
flooding. Dad put a big stack of newspapers over the drain and set the
headstone on top. We ended up getting a litle water near the drain but we
had neighbors who had water all the way up to the basement ceiling.
I remember dad saying later that he had been very concerned that the
pressure on the pipe between the drain and the sewer could burst because of
the increased pressure. BTW, the house was probably built in 1925-1930.
All this verbage just to give you something to consider.
The way I heard it is the house would float away.
To the topic, some plumbers won't do concrete, and some electricians
won't patch plaster/drywall. But they'll get somebody to do it.
I met the plumber I ended up working for when I hired him to clear a
He parked a towed compressor in the alley and dragged a 100 pound
jackhammer and hose into the basement.
When he lifted the jackhammer and set the tip on the floor it
penetrated before he hit the trigger.
That's where I first heard of "dry mix" concrete.
He did an okay job of patching when he was finished.
That was probably before they started using a saw to cut a clean line.
I'd guess the plumbers who advertise they do sewer work can all handle
concrete and cut clean lines in a basement.
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