Question by  rlgoard (84)

What are the building codes regarding bathroom vents?

I am installing a bathroom in my basement and want to make sure it is within code.


Answer by  mb (5482)

The building codes are pretty forgiving. Any off the shelf bathroom vent with forced air will suit you fine. Just make sure that you get one with enough suction for the space (squarefootage) of the bathroom.


Answer by  TMATM (499)

Two things you will need to meet codes are GFCI type electrical outlets and a vent fan unit that vents air/steam outside. You will need to check local codes for any additional requirements for your stae, but these two are fairly standard across the US.


Answer by  srainne (2597)

For your local building codes, you'd have to check with your city/county/regional government. A representative can tell you exactly what the necessary vent codes are. I can tell you; most of the time, bathroom vents must go directly outside.


Answer by  Shelby (147)

You should always check with your local building commission in the area in which you live. It can vary from state to state.


Answer by  worker885719 (154)

Building codes vary by region, without knowing where you live, it is hard to tell what the requirements are for where you live. You may not need a bathroom vent at all, find a resource with knowledge of your local building codes for precise information.

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