Q: After years of saving and planning I’m going to build a pool room in my basement, complete with a small bar and a bathroom. Since it will be mostly my friends and I using this room, I want to install a urinal in the bathroom. My wife said if it will keep us in the basement she is OK with it. What is a good choice for a residential urinal?
A: I have installed urinals in a few houses over the years and while they work fine, a standard commercial urinal can be a bit much for residential use.
However, new smaller waterless urinals are now available and work well for residential use. Plus, like the name says, a waterless urinal can save a lot of water over using a toilet just to flush liquids.
Another benefit of a waterless urinal is easier installation since no water line is required. Waterless urinals are easy to maintain, and with odor-controlling accessories the good times can keep on flowing in your new basement bathroom.
Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org.