Most garages are used to house automobiles. Garages are used for
storage as well. It is every man and woman’s dream to have a utility
sink and a garden hose hook up on their garage. Clean up in the garage
and not the house, right? Many people want garages and barns with
bathrooms. “Man caves” want to have bars and bedrooms. Most equine barns
want cold and warm water for their wash stalls. What is involved with
putting in plumbing in garages, barns and other accessory buildings?
One consideration before planning a bathroom in an accessory or
storage building is the connection to the sewer and what the land perks
for. If your main home has 3 bathrooms and the land only perks for 3
bedrooms, most principalities won’t allow any more fixtures. There are
different requirements for sewer systems with drain fields and city
sewage disposal systems.
When you are building a garage and want water, there are a few things
to make sure are part of the installation process. In concealed places,
piping has to have steel shield plates unless the piping is cast-iron
or galvanized steel. The plates cover the holes and notches in the
lumber members that support them. Pipes passing through concrete or
cinder walls and floors must have protective material to prevent
corrosion. In garages, plumbing pipes have sleeves that are 2 sizes
bigger than the pipe. These help the piping from freezing.
Any plumbing piping shall be supported to ensure alignment and
prevent sagging while allowing for expansion and contraction. Fasteners,
hangers and anchors have code specific application and are critical to
the success of the project. The piping that runs along the ground must
be insulated and protected also. Planning for weather affects is crucial
for plumbing piping. Garages are usually unheated and are used
infrequently; therefore those pipes are at greater risk of freezing.
Plumbing piping is traditionally sealed with caulk. Any space between
the outside of the pipe and the inside of the pipe sleeve, or opening
into a building, home, garage or addition, must be sealed. When building
garages, conduit is placed in the footer and runs up through the slab
or block. In the State of Virginia, code requires any plumbing to be
taken to stub-out, whether a garage or habitable space. What that means
is that you can’t just put a staging conduit in the footer and cap it
off. Code says you have to run all of the plumbing piping through the
inside of the garage for inspection along with a grinder.
When you want to build an accessory structure, garage or barn,
planning is just one service that H.W. ENTERPRISES, INC. will do for
you. Call H.W. ENTERPRISES, INC. to plan your next building project.
757-595-4562 or 757-696-1927. Visit us on the web: www.hwenterprisesinc.com