Question RE Covering Over Floor Drain in Basement

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Posted by: from Toronto
5/1/2021 at 7:43:00 PM

I would like to lay new flooring (vinyl) down in my basement and I'm wondering if it's okay to floor over the existing drain and clean out.

Currently I have a clean out at base of waste drain from bathroom on first floor against wall. I also have floor drain in furnace room. I have a backflow preventer under porch in cold room with clean out. I also have a clean out and a drain on the floor in the main living space in the basement but I'd like to floor over this area with new vinyl flooring.

Can I do this or do I need to cut out holes in new flooring so drains are easily accessible? Are there any codes in Ontario or Toronto regarding this?

Thanks in advance!

question re covering over floor drain in basement
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Ian in Edmonton
Date/Time5/1/2021 at 10:43:23 PM

In Alberta it's a Code requirement to have a floor drain in a basement. I would think that Ontario would be no different and that you would be safe to cover over the one in the living area.

The Code does not specify that cleanouts cannot be covered with flooring. You may want to consider a flooring that doesn't require adhesive (i.e. luxury linoleum) so that these items can easily be accessed if needed.

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Armand from AQC Renovations in Falconbridge
Date/Time5/2/2021 at 8:28:41 AM

It's never a good idea to cover over a floor drain or clean out these should always be acceptable in case of emergency

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Date/Time5/2/2021 at 8:57:51 PM

I never cover over floor drains in case of an emergency down the road. There's usually a solution but need more information. Pictures speak volumes.

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Date/Time5/4/2021 at 10:24:29 PM

Like Ian said it is code across Canada to have one especially in a mechanical or laundry area. Sometimes I will get creative and make a removable panel out of flooring to cover it if too ugly buy it must be easily accessible

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