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What do you do when the sewer is above the plumbing line and you need to install a toilet?

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2005-10-07 12:53:10
2005-10-07 12:53:10

Your home improvement warehouse store or bathroom contractor should have "flush-up" toilet kits (sewage ejector pump, Qwik Jon is one I have installed. These are very handy where no sewer is available for standard toilet installation. The kit consists mainly of a tank and pump that will carry waste to the existing sewer lines and misc. parts and installation instructions. You provide the toilet and PVC from tank to sewer. They run about $800-$1000 depending on your needs (toilet only, or toilet, lav, & shower configuration). These require a GFCI outlet nearby so you may need an electrician, the rest is very easy. Good luck. In addition to the installation instructions I would recommend installing a "clean-out" in your PVC, especially if you are pumping a considerable distance, in case a clog develops.

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