Our Technicians Can Help Ensure Your Outdoor Shower Keeps You Invigorated
Outdoor Showers are not just for the beach anymore, these open-air showers are now being used in homes everywhere. Gardeners, soccer parents, pet owners and more are utilizing these stress-releasing wonders. From plain old hoses delicately perched on top of a tree branch to state-of-the-art back yard showers designed just right. It is all in what the homeowner wants and needs and even the showers functionality. For some, the outdoor shower is either about being naked or not-so-naked that appeals to them. Regardless of your type of exhibitionism our technicians can render service, repair and maintain your Outdoor Shower.
Who Uses Outdoor Showers?
Anyone can use an outdoor shower now, it used to be they were only found at the beach to wash off that pesky sand before getting in the car or walking into the restaurant at the boardwalk from the beach. That has all changed now, people put them in their gardens, by their pools, next to their back doors, small foot showers next to their front doors. It is all in functionality and what you need or what you want with the shower.
What Types of Outdoor Showers are There?
There are two main types of Outdoor Showers and they are available as portable and stationary and can be used with a garden hose or an outdoor plumbing system. However, these two main type of showers also have other sub-level types as well.
- Portable – Single hose: are attached to a flexible hose and are able to be moved anywhere the hose can be reached. Typically only use cold water.
- Portable- Pedestal or Tower: these showers are hooked up to an outdoor plumbing line and are less mobile than single hose models but can use hot and cold water. Some may also be attached to a garden hose.
- Stationary- are typically wall mounted and usually included in an enclosure for privacy. Must be attached to an outdoor plumbing supply. They offer more versatility than portable as they can be made more customized with wood, tile, and other textures.
What Installation Types are Used?
The plumbing and installation used in Outdoor showers vary depending on the shower used and location involved. When the shower is located closer to the kitchen, laundry or bathroom it will be easier to install, as you can connect to the current hot and cold water lines. It will require digging a trench and running plumbing lines to the location for the shower if it is further away from those locations. It is also a smart Idea to check and see what the outdoor/stationary shower codes are for your area and if you would need a permit to build one. You would not want to build shower only to be cited for regulations you missed and for not getting a permit.
Location, Location, Location, we have all heard that saying regarding many different things. Well it pertains to Outdoor Showers as well, the best location depends on the functionality it will serve. Showers can go by the pool for post or even pre-swim rinses. Foot showers can go by the front or back door to rinse off dirt, mud or sand before going inside. Outdoor showers can even use the beauty of the landscaping for example if you have a privacy fence and a deck with your pool; make your enclosure for your shower out of privacy fence panels. Or even hide it in part of the scenery with plenty of greenery.
Regardless of where you put your shower here are a few other tips to remember as well as to ask yourself when building your Outdoor Shower:
- Ensure that you have a firm level surface that withstands water and foot traffic.
- How much privacy is it going to have does it need an enclosure, and how much of one does it need? Depending on how much privacy you have you may want to ensure you have an adequate enclosure.
- Ensure that it has a sunny area to prevent mold and rot.
Maintenance and Repair of an Outdoor Shower
Outdoor showers can be tricky depending on how intricate and luxurious they are made to be. This is to ensure the plumbing, ventilation, drainage, tiling, electrical wiring, and fixtures (normal and electrical) are installed correctly. There are few maintenance tips that will help extend the life of your Outdoor Shower and help avoid repairs and replacements.
- Frost-proof pipes : living in a cold climate or a climate that is apt to have the pipes freeze in the cold months having them frost proof for the winter months will help keep them from bursting (this is especially important on stationary showers)
- Clean it: an outdoor just like an indoor shower needs to be cleaned this will help to remove mildew or mold even when you have your pool cleaned they can clean the shower too.
- Drain your pipes for the winter: Ensure that even if they are frost- proof that they are drained for the winter this helps water from collecting inside and freezing.
- Keep it dry: this helps mold and mildew from forming, if you have it where the sun can reach it, it will be able to dry quickly.
- Portable showers only need to be protected from damage and cold weather which is easy by bringing them inside.
Drainage of an Outdoor shower is important as some areas have certain laws and codes that need to be followed. Some drain into the ground or through stone, causing lesser problems with the septic system than an indoor shower does. Outdoor showers are subject to codes just as anything being built would be. Before you build check your local building codes to see what they are. Our technicians will be able to help you understand any codes that need to be followed and can ensure that your Outdoor shower looks great and functions properly.