The Outdoor Shower Enclosure

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Choosing Between CPVC And Copper for Your Outdoor Shower

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It is only natural that you ask if you need to install copper or CPVC once you have found a style for your outdoor shower enclosure that you like. It is important to take careful note of how well each of these withstands severe weather conditions and how much each of these is going to cost you. You need to do this when you consider which of the two materials you want to use.

Copper As An Option

copper piping for outdoor shower fixture

Using Copper Piping for Outdoor Shower

Copper does provide a lot more flexibility than a number of other types of metal piping. Whatever may be in the way of running piping to your outdoor shower area, copper is more easily maneuvered around them than other materials. What’s more, it installs very quickly and you could use the shower right away once you’ve set the solder joints.  If you are living in an earthquake zone, copper is helpful since it is hard to break and it’s  fire resistant. Copper is tolerant of most of the temperature ranges it would be exposed to in a normal climate.

There are a few drawbacks to copper. If you reside in a climate with freezing temperatures, insulation is important to stop the copper from freezing and breaking. Additionally, it can corrode from excess sweating and rust, which will reduce water flow. If your water has a high acidic content, it could pull copper elements from the material and potentially cause health issues (this is more of a concern if you’re drinking the water).

CPVC pipes for outdoor shower plumbing
Using CPVC pipes for outdoor shower plumbing

CPVC As An Option

CPVC is a much cheaper option for pipes than copper. It is more resistant to rust and also water with high acid content. It is usually super easy to install and can be bent with bare hands to some extent before breaking. As CPVC is itself an insulating material, there’s less likelihood of electric shock. You also don’t have to be concerned as much about thermal changes in your water as it passes through CPVC.

Certainly, there are also a number of disadvantages to CPVC. As CPVC ages it becomes more breakable and it is also more vulnerable to damage from UV rays than copper. Thus while you reduce costs in the short term by utilizing CPVC, you may find that the costs of breakage leaks and repair are much more expensive. Furthermore, you may have to be sure to find a material that can sustain hotter temperatures than most typical CPVC pipes depending on your city’s or region’s local laws.

Conclusion

Copper and CPVC are both legitimate materials for piping water to outside shower rooms in most areas. Copper has a greater short-term price. CPVC is often a very good choice for people who want something simple. Both are great options.

Written by mouska333

February 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Ask Yourself: Does My Outside Shower Area Require A Drain?

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It feels fantastic to use an outdoor shower enclosure after going for a swim. When you have a shower enclosure, you can clean all of the grime and toxins off of your body before you stroll across your gorgeous carpet and sit in your favorite recliner. This results in cleaner interiors and reinvigorated bodies. It is possible that you have been led to believe that it’s simple to install an exterior shower system. Actually, it doesn’t have to be difficult to perform the installation itself. Nevertheless, it’s not uncommon for someone to forget that a shower requires a shower drain. There might be some environments where drains are not required, but they are often still required thanks to local regulations.

Be Aware Of Grey Water Laws

Plumbing Outdoor Shower Drain

Plumbing Outdoor Shower Drain to Tank

In many municipal places, water with any soaps or other chemical substances in it isn’t supposed to drain straight out into your yard or someone else’s yard. If this is the case, you must check with your municipality for guidance about the proper disposal and drainage of grey water. In such a case, you are going to most likely require a draining system that channels the water into the municipal sewer system. If you don’t know if you fall under such a jurisdiction, you need to carefully explore the laws in your area to ensure that you don’t suffer any consequences later. Doing things correctly will help you avoid penalties and other damages.

Gravel Drains

Dealing with an outside shower room that won’t produce grey water is much easier. These showers can be set up with gravel drains, which redirect water away from the shower through a system of rocks and gravel. You may be able to send this water off to a different water storage or drainage area.

 

Outdoor Gravel Drain to Plants

Outdoor Shower Gravel Drain to Plants

Gravity Drain from Outdoor Shower Enclosure

Gravity At Work

Yet another option is to use a gravity feed from your shower floor that diverts water to your yard or garden. Lots of folks make use of this as a way of re-filling a fish pond or keeping a garden watered.

Summary

For people with swimming facilities, an outdoor shower enclosure can be an excellent thing. Adding an shower room is simple, but you should ensure that that you do within established laws and guidelines. Most importantly, having a proper drainage system will help you to preserve the value of your home and get the most out of your exterior shower.

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February 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm

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Different Types Of Exterior Shower Enclosures

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Outdoor shower enclosures fit into a number of situations. You might look at them based on size and shape, but it is also quite important that you look at them in regards to the material used to construct them. Your shower enclosure material selection will affect the time and money needed to construct it at least as much as the shape and specific location will.

wooden outdoor shower enclosure example

The Wood Outdoor Shower Enclosure

Wooden Shower Enclosures

When you prefer a good looking shower enclosure which isn’t terribly expensive, you need to have a look at wood. Even though wood has a nice natural look to it, it’s very important to treat wood with a good sealant to weatherproof the enclosure (otherwise the wood could decay more quickly than you would like). It is easy to blend a wooden shower enclosure in with the surrounding environment or construction materials of any kind.

metal outdoor shower enclosure

The Metal Outdoor Shower Enclosure

Metal Outdoor Shower Enclosures

You have several metal shower enclosure choices. Keep water exposure in your mind as you select the metal you want to use for your shower enclosure. Not only do you need to beware of oxidization, but watch out for sharp edges also. Nevertheless, metal could also be inexpensive and can give you a few ornamental alternatives you may not have previously considered. Your metals should be designed for use in a heavy moisture setting.

Vinyl Or PVC Shower Enclosures

Vinyl and PVC are a couple of other alternatives. One of the most affordable options out there to you, these materials usually come in basic kits that’re ready for installation. This type of enclosure is made to endure wear and damage from water and the elements. If aesthetic appeal is important to you, you may need to shop around a long time to find shower enclosures constructed with these materials that do not look low-cost.

Concrete or Cement Block

If you know your shower enclosure is going to be a permanent structure, you can take a look at an enclosure manufactured from concrete or cement. Water has minimal effect on these materials, which makes them a great choice. Having said that, this may not be the most beautiful material unless you have artistic inclinations and would like to spruce it up in your own unique way. In that case, it may be definitely worth the time and investment it takes to construct.

Make your outdoor shower enclosures something you can be very proud of and something you can enjoy. For more ideas concerning types of enclosures, visit Home Depot or Lowe’s.

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February 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm

How To Heat The Water For An Outside Shower Area

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Heated outdoor shower rooms can be an extremely enjoyable experience when the water is just the right temperature. Heating the water can be accomplished a number of different ways. Lots of people do this by simply running a set of pipes from their houses to their outside shower areas. The second calls for something called a tankless water heater. You could use a solar powered water heater to make your shower water warm too. Read on in order to know more about each.

Hot Water Plumbing

This is an excellent setup when you want something long term and have the outside shower in close proximity to your house. There isn’t any great deal of difference between setting up the hot water pipes for an inside shower and an outside shower in this case. There are several advantages to this. You know precisely how to work the exterior shower, because it is just like the indoor shower room. With this setup, it will be far more difficult to alter your exterior shower room location later.

Indoor Plumbing Outdoor Shower with Heated Water

Heated Outdoor Shower from Indoor Plumbing

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless mobile water heater is often a fantastic help if you’re needing a shower away from the conveniences of home. They are not really tankless, because they call for a propane tank in order to heat water. All you need to do is connect a garden hose to one end of the heater and a shower head to the other. This will provide you with hot water just when it’s needed, without needing a hot-water storage tank.

Solar Energy Outdoor Shower

Outdoor Shower with Solar Energy Heater

Solar Energy

Just hang a big black water bag on a sunny day and let it heat up for use any time you want to take a hot outdoor shower. No matter how simple this method sounds, it really is one of the best solutions. The bag must be black so that it absorbs as much solar power as is possible. You merely attach your hot water bag when you wish to take your shower. This will not work in chilly climates or on very dark days.

Summary

In moderate climates all these methods work. The easiest, most indoor-like setup for the long run is to directly run the plumbing to your outdoor shower. You might even want to go as far as to have a dedicated water heater. If you would like to have much more flexibility and save on heating costs, the solar water heater may be the best direction to take.

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February 9, 2012 at 1:35 am

Where Should I Source The Water Supply For My Outside Shower?

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No matter how ecstatic you are about taking a shower outside, you need to think carefully about how you’re going to get it done before you begin installing an outdoor shower. Chief among these questions is, Where should I get the water supply for my outdoor shower area? You have many outside shower water options which you may be unaware of right now. Having said that, it is vital that you decide which source is well suited for your shower before you make construction plans.

Outdoor Shower Enclosure using Indoor Plumbing Water Source

Home Plumbing Use

The most popular source of water for outdoor showers is the home’s primary plumbing system. This kind of system is more permanent than the others, because it entails running water lines from your house to the shower. At any rate when you do this sort of setup correctly, it appears neat. By using your house’s water supply, you will always have a consistent source of water for your shower area. However, you have to consider that you are going to find yourself doing more maintenance on your water system over time, especially if you are living in a climate with severe winters or summers.

Outdoor shower using hose

Outdoor Shower using Hose Water

Using an Outdoor Hose

The easiest way to set up an outside shower room is to grab a hose and hook it up to the nearest faucet. It doesn’t take much effort to find a non-toxic garden hose that you can run from a faucet to your shower. Whenever you desire to make a change to your installation, you simply remove the hose. Showers set up in this way are excellent if you intend to use the shower occasionally, but you may choose to upgrade the plumbing if you are planning to construct a more permanent shower area outside which has warm water.

Using a Cistern

Cisterns are generally used to collect rainwater. If you do not have plumbing near your shower area or you’re worried about the climate, a cistern is a great choice. Even when the home plumbing isn’t working, you could go out and have a shower if you have a cistern. The downside is that cisterns are rarely used anymore nowadays, although they were popular in older home designs. If you’ve an existing cistern on your property, it may be the best solution.

Outdoor Shower Enclosure

Rain water used for Outdoor Shower

To Sum Up

A lot of people like taking outdoor showers. If you evaluate your needs and the nature of your property meticulously, you’ll find the water supply that works best for you, be it the home’s plumbing, a garden hose, or a cistern.

Written by mouska333

February 9, 2012 at 12:17 am

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