Our house is 25 years old and we bought it 20 years ago.
The house came with a completely finished (drywall ceilings and walls,
carpeted floors) basement, except for the utility room.
The basement was put in by a prior owner and it was a contra deal and
basis what I see , done without permits. The problem is with the toilet
in the basement as it is sits on a 6 or 8 inch riser.
With the kids gone we are thinking of selling and everyone tells us we
need to get rid of the riser under the toilet.
The pipe from the toilet runs into the adjacent closet and we lifted the
false floor to see what we were up against and what we found is in the
attached picture (hope it comes through).
The vertical pipe comes from the bathroom on the second floor.
I have lots of questions...
1) will the plumbing code even allow a toilet and lav to be connected to
the pipe from the second floor?
2) Is there enough room in the closet to put the necessary fittings in
to lower the toilet?
3) any idea what might have caused them not to put the pipe under the
I won't be doing this work as it is out of my league. I will be bring
in a plumber to do it and get the requisite permits. All I am really
trying to do at this point is determine if it is possible to fix it
without having to destroy the basement.