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A good reason why is ground floor toilet is on a step ?

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by chaletstyle, 29 Jun 2017.

  1. chaletstyle

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    Hi

    Edwardian terraced houses with loo on ground floor in a "lean to" at back of house; the toilets are all on one step up from the usual floor level of the ground floor.

    I would prefer to get rid of the step; but might there be a good reason why they have been constructed that way, or was it just the fashion at the time ?

    Any red flags spring to your mind about doing this?

    Is there any regs that the loo should be a certain distance of height above the trap before the sewer ?
     
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    no way off telling
    but may be to allow a fall to the soil stack without major digging or alterations
    or many other reasons no way off telling but internal and external picture including soil pipe may help
     
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    please post a photo of the trap or bend on the WC, and of the connection to the soil pipe.
     
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    There could be something under it like a tippler, intercepted/buchan trap or drop shaft.
     
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    Thanks for the replies

    Can't get a photo right now of it, but from memory the WC outlet does not go into a soil pipe in the bathroom; the twyfords pan porcelain outlet at the back goes directly into the floor. There is no venting soil stack close to the loo, but there is a soil stack near the upstairs loo which is further away from the sewer . That soil pipe goes vertically underground before it turns towards the sewer, so i don't really see why a loo could not be fitted at ground level within the house, all be it with a bit of rejigging the soil pipe run

    In the yard outside, the patio is raised where the lean-to is, ( somewhere there is a manhole in this area under the gravel,) then there are steps up to the garden and a retaining wall a couple of feet away from the back of the lean-to.)
     
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    then the pan might have been raised to make it fit the height of the socket.

    the photos will help, when available
     
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