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Installing a Tub in Your Garage? Review This Checklist First

Installing a Tub in Your Garage? Review This Checklist First

Are you thinking about installing a tub in your Buckhead or Marietta garage?

One of the perks of having a tub installed outside of your home is that you can take care of messy jobs, like bathing your dog, without getting your home dirty. An outdoor tub is particularly handy, as many dogs inevitably shake out to dry their fur after a bath, spraying water all over the bathroom. If your pet doesn’t like baths at all, an outdoor tub is essential. You also can use it for cleaning up after messy projects like painting.

Here are some steps to consider when installing a tub in your garage:

  1. Choose an appropriate space based on the location of your plumbing pipes - if there are any - and how much space the tub itself needs.
  2. Identify your supply-line needs. Standard pipes sized to the half-inch release enough water for daily needs inside the home, but if you want a more powerful spray for rinsing soap from your animal’s fur or for removing dried-up paint, install larger supply lines, like a three-quarter-inch pipe.
  3. Choose a hot-water heater. If your home’s existing water heater has the capacity, connect it to the tub’s plumbing lines. Otherwise, you may need to purchase a separate but small water heater to supply the garage tub with hot water. If you plan to do a lot of jobs in the garage that require water, a separate water heater is ideal.
  4. Connect the water lines. Using your home’s existing plumbing lines, decide the best way to extend those lines to the garage. If your garage walls are unfinished, locating them within the wall joists requires that you drill holes between the joists to easily fit the plumbing pipes through them. Be sure to measure the size of the pipes before cutting access holes. If the walls are finished and concrete has been poured, you’ll need to tear into either the drive or the wall to route the pipes.
  5. Choose a location for the vent. The plumbing pipes require a venting line. In most cases, the venting pipe runs up the wall and into the ceiling, joining the main venting for the home’s plumbing system. Alternatively, you can install a vent that is directed straight through the garage’s roof, too.
  6. Don’t forget the hair trap. A critical part of a garage tub, the hair trap prevents hair from passing through the drain and creating a clog. Hair traps that rest on the top of the drain are available for purchase; however, these are easily moved in the process of bathing a dog. Consider installing a hair trap that rests deep in the drain instead.

Unless you have extensive knowledge of and experience with plumbing, you may need the help of a professional. Taking on a project like installing a garage tub requires that you follow local building codes, make sure the venting process is secure and have tightly sealed plumbing pipes to avoid leakage.

The plumbing experts at Casteel Heating, Cooling and Plumbing are happy to help you evaluate your garage’s plumbing potential and cover all the steps involved with installing a pet bathtub. Just get in touch today!

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