Garage Floor Drain Installation
Building garage floor drain installation is not easy and requires significant strength and effort. Read the text below and consider if you are ready for such an adventure. You have to also inform yourself if such type of construction is allowed in your state: motor oil or anti-freeze can penetrate through the drain and cause pollution of the environment. In addition, inquire if you need an additional architectural plan for the planned improvement, which is relatively easy to do. The hard part follows in the next steps.
Step 1 - Choose a Drain Type
There are two ways to go about the garage drain system. One possibility is to raise the level of the garage over the existing floor. This is easier to do, but you will need to make a special ramp to enter the garage. Alternatively, you can dig the existing floor with a power drill. The floor is usually made of concrete so it will be tough work. Yet, this is the best way to do it because you will connect the drains directly to the existing plumbing or septic tanks, if any.
Step 2 - Prepare Tools and Materials
You will need PVC pipes for the drainage and PVC pipes connectors. Also, you need glue for the PVC or PVC epoxy and, of course, a drill to connect the pipes. A sew will help you cut the pipes to the required length. The best thing to do is to consult with a professional plumber first. He may give you valuable pieces of advice which will help you choose the proper materials, tools, and so on. In addition, you may pay for a drainage plan, saving you lots of efforts. After the consultation, you may start planning. Think if there is a chance that your drain system freezes, i.e. if you live in a colder climate with long cold winters. If so, consider additional isolation for the pipes or the floor.
Step 3 - Prepare and Connect the PVC Pipes
Pick and purchase PVC pipes, connectors and anything else you may need. Sew the pipes and connect them. Then glue the connections with PVC epoxy and for best results, use plumber thread to fill the gaps between the connections before gluing them. You have to also connect the pipes to the plumbing or to a septic tank. A concrete epoxy may be used to seal the drain mount against the walls and the floor. If you plan to isolate the pipes, you need do it before leveling the floor.
Step 4 - Level the Floor
Leveling can be done with PVC epoxy, plus concrete or stucco mixture. If you plan some additional isolation, now is the time for that. Then pour the concrete or epoxy, make it even and wait until completely dry. Now you have a garage floor drain installation. It is cheaper if you do it on your own and a bit harder than expected.