What Plumbing Do I Need in My Pole Barn?
So you're building a pole barn and wondering what kind of plumbing you might need in it. Plumbing often gets overlooked when planning a pole barn build, but having the right plumbing setup can make your barn much more functional and comfortable. According to Bob Vila, you can expect to pay between $45 and $150 an hour to install plumbing in a pole barn. Here's a quick guide to the plumbing basics for your pole barns.
Water Lines and Faucets
Even if you don't plan on having full bathroom facilities in your pole barn, you'll still probably want at least one faucet for washing up or other utility uses. Run PEX tubing or copper pipe from your main water line to wherever you want to place faucets in the barn. Install frost-free faucets that automatically drain when temperatures dip to prevent freezing. Consider putting in a utility sink or large deep sink for easier cleanup too.
You'll need drainage pipes to channel water away from your pole barn, including runoff from the roof. Install gutters along the roofline that empty into vertical downspouts. Connect the downspouts to a corrugated plastic drainage pipe that runs under the ground and daylight several feet away from the barn foundation. This keeps the soil around the barn from getting oversaturated.
Toilet and Sink
If you plan to put a full or half bathroom in your pole barns for convenience, you'll need to connect proper drain lines, supply lines, vent pipes, and more to support it. A bathroom adds complexity but is really nice to have. Consider roughing in the plumbing during initial construction even if you don't install the actual fixtures until later.
In-Floor Heating Systems
Want to use your pole barns for workshops or storage and keep them comfortable during cold weather? Look into in-floor hydronic or electric radiant heating systems. This involves embedding heating elements in the concrete slab foundation, controlled by a thermostat. Radiant floor heat is extremely efficient and comfortable in a space like a barn.
The plumbing needs for your pole barns depend on how you plan to use the space both now and in the future. Think through all your needs and prepare the plumbing system to support them. Planning ahead makes upgrades and additions much easier later on. With smart plumbing prep work during the build, your pole barn will serve you well for years to come. If you're looking to build a pole barn, we have kits that you can purchase. Visit us today at Deep South Pole Barn to learn more.