How to Run Plumbing to a Pole Barn

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A pole barn is a versatile wooden framed building that often has a concrete foundation although this can also be constructed out of wood. A pole barn can be used to house livestock and farming equipment such as hay or straw or it can be used as a shed or even for living in. If the pole barn construction is a little way from any main accommodation then it might be necessary to adapt it slightly and put plumbing in it. The pipes for plumbing need to be laid in the foundations of a pole barn.

This is a complex procedure and will require the skills of an experienced plumber.

Step One – Preparation

Depending on the size of the plumbing project it might have to be inspected by a professional plumber. Prior to beginning a plumbing project, it is important to consult the plumbing code as this will provide essential guidelines. It might be a good idea to consult with a plumbing inspector who will be able to offer valuable advice. They can show you to devise a detailed plan for the project and if there are any special steps that will need to be taken. An inspector will also be able to offer advice on the correct types of pipes that will be required for the project. Copper pipes tend to last longer but they will need to be protected by specialist piping jackets to prevent corrosion.

Step Two – Hire Contractors

Search the directories or speak to neighbors in order to hire a contractor. By hiring a contractor it will eliminate some of the more complicated areas of the decision making process for plumbing a pole barn such as re-laying the concrete floor slab or even running the plumbing system through the ceiling. Take bids from contractors for the whole project and check their references. When the appropriate contractor has been selected, meet them face to face in order to confirm dates and how the plumbing will be installed.

Step Three – Installation

The first step that a contractor will take will be installing the pipes into the foundations of the pole barn. This is an intricate process that will ensure all of the fixtures are in place for sinks, water points, and other critical fittings. The plan that was created with the assistance of the inspector will be used extensively to make sure that the plumbing lines are correct and in order. Once all the pipes have been laid, the concrete will be poured over them to secure them into place.

Step Four – Checks

When the concrete slab has been laid and set, take a tape measure to check that all the pipes are in the correct place according to the plan. If the pipes are only out by an inch or so then this shouldn’t create too much of a problem. However, if the pipes are out of place by more, this will pose big problems that will result in the concrete slab having to be demolished so that the pipes can be re-laid correctly. It is a good idea to ask the contractor where the sink connectors will go and where the drainage will be at an early stage.