The benefit of living in Florida is the extended summer season. Living in Florida is a blessing because the warm weather allows people to do outdoor activities for most of the year. As a result of people’s ability to access the outdoors, many homeowners install outdoor showers, giving them the ability to rinse off the chlorine from the pool, sand from the beach, or sweat from the outdoor activities before entering the home. In this article, we will discuss the installation of an outdoor shower.
What Is An Outdoor Shower?
As the name suggests, an outdoor shower is simply a shower that is outside the home. It can be an enclosed structure, or it can be freestanding. Some luxurious outdoor showers may include seats or shelves. Like an indoor shower in a bathroom, an outdoor shower consists of a showerhead and pipes connected to a water source.
Two Types Of Outdoor Showers
There are two types of outdoor showers a person can consider installing:
This type of shower is one you mount to an existing structure, such as a wall of the home. The shower connects to the home’s existing plumbing.
You can fix this type of shower to a specific location, or you can make it portable. They connect to a dedicated water line, such as underground pipes. Additionally, they can connect to a faucet or spigot, such as a garden hose.
Average Cost Of Installation
Although many factors will impact the installation cost, the average cost of purchasing and installing an outdoor shower can be between $1,000 and $10,000. When installing an outdoor shower, you must address the following conditions:
- Site Selection
- Water Supply
- Shower Pan
Before installing an outdoor shower, you must select a site. If installing a wall-mounted shower, then it should be somewhere near a house where you can access existing plumbing. You should also consider the level of privacy you want and access to direct sunlight to keep the area warm and prevent mold growth.
An important consideration in installing an outdoor shower is to consider where the water supply is going to be pulled from. If the shower is going to be wall-mounted, then consider installing it next to a wall that is the opposite of a bathroom or the kitchen to allow access to existing pipes. On the other hand, if the shower is freestanding, new underground plumbing might have to be installed.
Before installing an outdoor shower, drainage issues will need to be figured out. In some cases, allowing the water to drain naturally into the ground will be sufficient. If the shower is installed over a patio or porch or excess water may damage the home’s foundation, then an actual drain will need to be installed to direct the water runoff to someplace else.
Just like with an indoor shower where the water drains and collects into a shower pan, then a shower pan might need to be installed for the outdoor shower as well. The shower pan will direct that water from the drainage into the sewer system, septic tank, retention pond, or irrigation for landscaping.
Contact Conyers Plumbing
If you are interested in installing an outdoor shower onto your property, contact Conyers Plumbing for an estimate.