How to Install Shower Plumbing Part 1

What You'll Need
S-trap or P-trap
PVC Pipes and other Hardware
Purple Primer
Plumbers Putty
PVC Cement

It is easy to install shower plumbing into any bathroom. Before you begin, however, there are a few things you should consider. First, there may be local codes that you need to study when working on a new plumbing project. Make sure to check whether or not the project requires a building permit. Second you must have the necessary skills for plumbing to successfully complete this project. If not, it is best to ask for the help of a trained professional.

Step 1 – Turn Off the Water Supply

When working with plumbing, make sure to shut down the water source first. Working on water systems is not easy when the water is still running. Once the water source is shut off, open all other faucets to completely drain every ounce of water left on the water system.

Step 2 – Locate the Drainage Pipes

Assuming that the shower area does not have a drain yet, start the plumbing project by installing a PVC shower drain. Find out where the drainage pipes for the bathroom are and plan how to connect the shower drain to the main drainage system. This will depend on the bathroom set-up as well as the location of the main drainage pipes including the direction of the drainage.

Step 3 – Install the Shower Drain

The PVC drainpipe can either lead outside the shower room or directly below the shower room. There are two types of drainage pipes that can be used for this purpose, a P-trap and an S-trap. A P-trap is to be used if the wastewater is to be drained on the sides of the wall. If the wastewater is to be drained directly below the shower room, an S-trap is perfect for the job. To install the P-trap or S-trap on the drainage system, follow the instructions as provided by the manufacturer.

Purchase the correct PVC hardware that will fit the current plumbing used in the bathroom. Drill a hole in the shower to align the drain to the current plumbing. Make sure to smoothen the rough edges on the hole to prevent having leaks. Apply primer on the PVC parts to be connected, and connect them accordingly. Before securing the pipes in place, double check to see if all pipes are fitted perfectly together. Apply a sufficient amount of PVC cement on the drainage to secure the pipes in place.

Step 4 – Secure the Drain Cap

Place a sufficient amount of plumber’s putty on the drain cap and screw it on the drain if needed. Make sure that the drainage piping is installed completely before proceeding to installing the water supply piping in Part 2 of this guide.