A summer shower in the country is not a luxury, but a necessity. But its device is impossible without some mandatory features, one of which is the organization of the discharge of waste water. We will analyze what are the ways to make a drain from the summer shower.
Entrepreneurial summer residents and without us have many options for organizing the flow of water from the summer shower, and this is confirmed even by our own observations. Almost everyone has a shower, and formally, a drain of water. Many dispose of waste water in the garden, someone makes a drain into the sewer, some do not even care about solving this issue, just installing a grate under the shower frame.
Where can I take water from the summer shower
There are plenty of options. The most advanced of them is to connect the drain to the central sewer, if any. But this is not the most mandatory, because there are other solutions.
You can drain water into a special drainage pit, built under the shower or near it. To solve the problem of draining water, you can simply withdraw it into a septic tank or a special sewage pit. But more often than not, the problem closes even easier - by the withdrawal of runoff into the garden, under trees and shrubs.
Which of these methods to choose depends only on your decision, we will tell you more about each of them.
Connect the shower drain to the sewer
At first glance, the idea seems quite practical, but only with the mention of a centralized sewage system, an outdoor shower immediately passes from a natural rank to an urban one. Then the question arises: why is there a summer shower in the country, if you can just take a bath or other water treatments in the house, where there is also a sewer? But now is not about that, but about the practicality of discharging water.
Indeed, this method will easily relieve puddles underfoot, and quite qualitatively, but it is worthwhile to understand that for such an arrangement it is necessary to maintain a separate sewer branch, dig trenches, lay pipes under a certain slope, in accordance with the existing sewage system. And this is already not to a depth of 20-30 cm, just to hide the pipes, but much deeper, because the main country sewerage is laid in accordance with the depth of freezing of the soil and other conditions. Moreover, it will be very difficult to make sure that the drain does not clog and block the pipes somewhere in the middle of the summer cottage, in the place where the garbage will be collected. This is no longer a net on the sink, but a drainage place where dry leaves, feathers from a house or a dovecote, and a lot of other garbage can get!
In this case, there are both positive and negative sides, and therefore we leave this choice to you.
Summer shower drain pit
We consider this option the most thoughtful, practical and reliable, since we do not see any minuses in it. Water simply goes into the deep layers of the soil, where it remains. The garbage does not interfere with this, serious expenses are not needed for this, and there was no particular difficulty in installing such drainage.
Let's talk about draining into drainage in more detail. So, you can build it in several ways - dig a hole for the drainage layer, or put tire covers in this hole, which will be filled with the same layer, but will also restrain the walls of the hole. There are practically no differences, and therefore we solve the problem by the presence of car tires and our own desire.
Let's start with the location of the pit for the summer shower. It can be under the frame itself or a little on the side, at a distance. Here, everything is determined by the amount of free space in the suburban area. If there is territory that can be diverted to such a pit, then drainage can be arranged a few meters from the summer shower, if not, right below it.
At the very beginning, we need to dig a hole about a meter per meter and a depth of 40-50 cm. It is no longer needed, but here again, all at will.
When the pit is ready, it is half-filled with construction waste to save money - broken brick, pieces of concrete, chips of window sills and so on. After, the second half is filled with large gravel and rammed a little. On top of everything is a wooden pallet and the shower frame itself. We will not particularly go into this process, since the device of the summer shower already has high-quality review material on the site.
It has been experimentally proven that in such a soul a whole family can arrange a wash. Until next time, water is easily absorbed into the ground, and the drainage will again be ready to fill. Moreover, it is worth taking into account the fact that the shower is often installed in the sun to heat water in the tank. This means that under the shower the soil will dry out faster, which means it will be able to absorb water again!
Shower water in a septic tank
A septic tank or sewage pit is an excellent solution for a summer cottage, convenient and practical. But is it worth it to make a drain from the shower to the septic tank, because there already a sufficient amount of wastewater is sent there? It all depends on how correctly it is selected according to the parameters and installed. By and large, any high-quality pit or septic tank is able to take the extra 100-150 liters of wastewater a day without any damage, more there if equipped with irrigation fields.
If you decide to organize the flow into a septic tank, think about the fact that you will have to do a lot of work, approximately the same in parameters as when connecting a shower drain to a centralized sewage system.
Discharge of water from the shower to the garden
We have heard the opinion many times, and we have experienced in practice that soapy water does not harm plants, especially adults. Therefore, there is nothing to worry about if you discharge water from the shower directly into the garden. Water spreads over the surface of the soil, is gradually absorbed, also gradually evaporates or goes deeper into the soil. The main thing here is to calculate the amount of water that will be discharged every day so that its total volume does not harm the plants. It is also necessary to make a runoff to a well-lit and heated area, so that after a week you will not get a dirty pond with frogs. And it is very possible if you pour water into a shady place.
By and large, almost half of shower drains work just like that - gravity water goes wherever it wants. But in the future this may create some problems, be careful.
What you should know about water discharge
When improving the cottage soul, you need to think not only about how to make it more convenient for yourself, but also think about what this or that situation may be fraught with. No, there is nothing wrong with any chosen method, but some changes in the soil, the site itself, its vegetation, and so on are possible. In more detail in several lines of the following list:
- Constant discharge of water to the same place, without organizing the correct discharge, can lead to soil depletion, erosion, the appearance of fungus and mold on the surface, infections, a wide variety of pathogens;
- Such a discharge can also lead to the emergence of a focus for the development of mosquitoes, flies, other insect pests, as well as frogs, which we mentioned earlier;
- If the water will not be discharged in time to the sewage system of any type or into the deep layers of the soil, you can soon expect unpleasant odors that will appear as a result of decay of various objects in the place of discharge, constant humidity, the activity of hygrophilous organisms;
- In addition, it will be just a blurry puddle, an unorganized patch of dirt that will not look very ethical;
- The most important aspect in this list is the destruction of large quantities of water of plants that do not like moisture, as well as the emergence of the possibility of destruction of the foundations of buildings that are located nearby.
Inexpensive summer shower and proper drain (video)
We remind you that organizing the runoff for the summer shower is really an important issue, and therefore we recommend that you deal with it in the process of building construction. After doing this, it is not particularly convenient, and the water will already have time to do things if the drain is not organized correctly.