Installing an outdoor shower on your property. These showers are mostly found next to pool areas or a place where one can clean off easily. They also add to the yard as they are not only handy but also artistic. You can easily attach an outdoor shower to an exterior wall of your house by following the simple steps described below.
Step 1 – Purchasing an Outdoor Shower Kit
Outdoor shower kits are easily available in home improvement stores nowadays complete with manufacturers instructions. These kits are made of materials that are not only weather resistant, but are also easy to maintain. Buy an outdoor shower kit and carefully read the instructions.
Step 2 – Laying the Pipes
Select a location on the exterior wall of the house where the shower is to be placed. Once that is done, call the plumber so he may help you in laying down the PVC water pipes and the drain pipes. Locate the outside water source of the house and then turn off the main water supply. The plumber will help connect the PVC pipes with the already existing water supply and the drain system of the house. Only two outlets will be provided on the exterior wall, namely the shower head outlet and the stop lever outlet.
Step 3 – Fixing the Shower Head
Now, install a stop lever to the hole that lies below the shower head outlet. Once that is done, fix the shower head to the upper outlet of the PVC pipe that may be 7 to 8 feet high. If the PVC pipe is protruding out of the wall more than required, cut it to the desired length with the help of a PVC cutter.
Step 4 – Laying a Concrete Pad
Once the pipes have been laid, measure the floor that you think will be needed for application of the cement. Then, dig a trench 6 inches deep. Be careful not to damage the already laid pipes under it. Now, apply concrete mixture to the shower floor. Use a trowel to smooth the surface. To add to the aesthetics of the place, you may use flat river rocks to tile the concrete floor. The concrete pad is needed to prevent the floor from getting muddy and squelchy. Make sure the floor slopes down a bit near the drain area. This will prevent the water from standing on the floor. While doing this, it is advisable that a pair of rubber gloves be worn. This will protect the hands from coming in contact with any material that may cause damage.
Step 5 – Building an Enclosure If Necessary
Once the floor has been built and the shower attached to the exterior wall, you can use wooden planks that are waterproof, to build and enclosure around the shower area. For this, you will need to dig into the ground around the floor and use matching latches and a thatched roof. If not, simply use shower curtains. They provide added coverage if you feel that there is not enough privacy.