How to Install an Outside Shower

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Think an Outdoor Shower is a major investment? It doesn’t have to be! A simple cold water shower can be a weekend project that you can do yourself. And it can offer you advantages for the summer that whomever is in charge of housecleaning will appreciate.

It’s not only for taking care of tracking in dirt after a bit of summertime fun. An outdoor shower can be used on our beloved pets as long as the temperatures are manageable. Perhaps holding the dog still with one hand while trying to both wet them down, and then soap them up with the other, just isn’t how you’d like to spend your Saturday afternoon. How often have you washed your pet inside and dreaded the cleanup of all that fur? Your drains will thank you for moving that chore outside.

Here’s directions for a basic shower that can take up as little as just one day. And when we say basic, we are also saying it is for cold water only. Having both hot and cold water available requires a bit more knowledge and finesse.

Decide where the most practical area for an outdoor shower is and then locate the nearest water spigot. That’s going to be your water source. Now you’ll need to decide if you want to install a post into the ground to build your shower upon, or if you already see a stationary location such as a tree or fence post that you’d like to use.

Garden hose long enough to reach from water spigot to your shower.
Adaptor to be used to connect the garden hose to plumbing
Two elbow joints
1/2″ piping (Two 36″, One 8″)
Ball Valve to turn water on and off.
Plumbing tape
A rain shower head
Two C-shaped pipe hangers

Ready? Let’s get started! Attach the garden hose to the water spigot. Extend it to the location you’ve decided to install your shower. (We’ll assume you’ve picked out a tree or existing post to use.) Use the hose to pipe adaptor to connect the hose to one of the elbow joints. Now connect that elbow joint to one of the 36″ pipes. Connect the two pieces of 36″ pipes together with the ball valve. At the other end of this, connect the other elbow joint pointing towards the future showerhead location.

Using the pipe hangers, attach this to your tree or post. Connect the 8″ pipe and rain shower head. Grab the plumbers tape and wrap all the joints 3-4 times to help prevent future leaks.

Step back and take a look at your work. If you think it’s ready for a trial run, turn off the water at the ball valve and turn on the water at the spikot. So far so good? Turn the water on at the ball valve and see if your new shower head is ready for customers.


You’ll want to have a place for dirty feet and paws to become clean again, so here’s a few inexpensive ideas. Round stone is a simple inexpensive way to keep mud from forming. A wood pallet can be used for the truly frugal among us, or if you’d like to spend a few dollars you can build or purchase a platform that can be used.


If a “real” outdoor shower is something you see in your future, we can help. The availability of hot water outdoors can be a welcome surprise to guests and can add value to your property. Roto Rooter can offer you suggestions on what is the most affordable approach to give you a permanent outdoor shower that compliments your home’s landscaping.

If you are considering any new plumbing installation in and around your home, we can help! Roto-Rooter continues to be the #1 name in plumbing. If a plumbing problem threatens your home, check out our money saving coupons  and then give us a call.

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