How to Surface-Mount Plumbing Pipes

What You'll Need
Pipe joints
Insulating foam

If you are looking for a way to surface mount your plumbing pipes in order to avoid digging into the foundation, then a good idea is to get hold of some wood, so that you can fit this around the sides of the pipe in order to protect them. If your plumbing is removing sewage from the home, then you will also need to make sure that the whole thing is completely watertight, or you may face a fine from your local authority. Learning how to surface mount plumbing pipes can be done in a few hours by following some simple guidelines and having some basic home improvement tools at hand.

Step 1 - Build a Foundation

Mark on the ground where you want the path of pipes to go. If you are just taking your pipes over a few short meters, then you may be OK to put the pipes into position, but if you are intending to move the pipes over a long distance, then you will need to mark clearly where you want the pipes to go, and then call in an inspector to make sure that it is all OK. Once you have done this, dig a small trench along those marks, and pour a layer of cement over the entire area. Leave to dry.

Step 2 - Lay the Pipes

Bring the pipes away from the house in whatever manner you choose, and then install them on the surface of the cement. You can use this cement to secure pipe brackets into place, in order to keep all of your plumbing pipes in one position. Once you have laid all of the pipes, tighten the over-pipe joints using a wrench, and then run some clean water through the pipe to check that it is watertight. Add a layer of caulking around the surface of the joints.

Step 3 - Build an Enclosure

You will then want to build an enclosure over the edge of your pipes. Take your pieces of wood, and cut them to size, so that you can build a box over the surface. Screw all of these lengths of wood together until you have almost completely enclosed the pipes, leaving a little room at the top.

Step 4 - Add Insulation

Insert a foam insulation sprayer into the top of the enclosure, and cover the inside of your box with foam. This foam should completely cover the pipes, and allow no gaps. Leave the foam to set, and then spray again to make sure that you have all the parts of the box covered. Once this layer of foam has set, seal up the enclosure, and cover all of the joins with caulking to protect the pipes. You may wish to add a layer of cement over the top of the enclosure to keep the pipes secure.