How to Make A Rough-In Plumbing Diagram


If you are getting ready to build or remodel a bathroom, it is a good idea to create a rough-in plumbing diagram before you do any work. By doing so, you are essentially creating a map of where your plumbing will located. Once you have completed your rough-in plumbing diagram, you will be ready to start construction.

  • Gather the necessary tools. You will most likely need a measuring tape, paper and pencil, notepad, and a chalk-line (if applicable). These basics will help you properly measure and pinpoint the location of where your plumbing will be located in your bathroom.

  • Measure the size of your bathroom. Once you have done so, record the numerical data on your notepad. With your chalk line, make note of where each individual accessory will be in the bathroom. This includes your bathtub or shower, toilet, sink, and vanity.

  • Check to see if you are connected to city water or if you have a septic system. By doing so, you are pin-pointing the source of your water. If you are connected to city water, you will have a drain system coming into your house from the street. In many older houses, you may be able to see the drain line under the foundation.

  • Identify the primary drainage stack inside your house. This is where your kitchen sink, toilet, and shower on the main level of your house drain too. Measure and record the distance between the closest point of the street drain system and your house drain stack. This is where you will make a connection point once the concrete has been broken up.

  • Record all of your data and call a licensed plumber. He can check your work to make sure everything is accurate and up to code. Remember to not attempt any demolition or construction that you do not think you have the ability to complete. Remember that you will have to obtain all of the proper permits before you complete your bathroom.

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