What Should Be In Place Before We Start:
First run though all the functions both electric and water, checking on top, behind and below for any leaks, drips or any sign of anything out of place, BE THOUROGH!! After this is all OK which it will be if you have followed this guide, it's time for the final check, put the valve onto the shower head and spray away! Methodically spray the corners then up and down the connected lengths, move to the next, along the bottoms and in turn spray everywhere, with one person spraying and another behind the unit to check for complete water integrity before sliding the shower happily back into its final resting place.
In its basic form, a steam shower is a way for someone to bathe with the water vapor that one would typically expect to see in a steam room or shower. The vapor is dispersed around the person in the shower, yet also includes the typical shower fixtures you’d expect to see in the modern restroom. The steam is produced by a separate generator, while the shower fixture hooks into standard plumbing.
How easy is it to start a steam shower? You literally just have to push a button in most instances. You sit down on a bench inside the shower enclosure and let the steam embrace you. Some generators allow for essential oils like eucalyptus to be included with the steam so you can feel even more revived. In the typical setup, there will be digital controls inside the shower that send commands to the generator that fits under most sink cabinets. It’s about the size of a breadbox and will channel vapor into your enclosure.
Steam Shower 15 tips to help you plan for a home steam shower:
1) When installing a steam shower, ensure that the shower will be enclosed and insulated, constructed of tile, marble or non-porous materials, and equipped with a water-tight shower door and floor drain.
2) The ideal steam shower has a maximum ceiling height of eight feet. If you plan a taller space, you may need a higher-rated steam generator.
3) Seating should be slightly sloped and built-in for bather comfort.
4) Look for fold-up seats to maximize shower space. If space isn't an issue, look for a bench.
5) Add anti-skid strips on the steam room floor to prevent slipping.
6) Use only vapor sealed lighting fixtures approved for the application.
7) For tile steam showers, consult the information available from the Tile Council of America, Inc.
8) Consider where you will install the steam shower generator. Mr. Steam generators may be installed in a closet, vanity, or heated attic or basement, up to 60 feet away from the steam room.
9) The steam head should be located approximately 6-12 inches above the floor on a wall opposite the seating area, away from the entrance/exit area. Look for steamheads that remain cool to the touch.
10) The optimal location of the in-shower control is inside the steam room 4-5 feet above the floor convenient to the bather and away from direct steam flow.
11) Plumbing connections include a water line to the generator, a steam line from the generator to the steam room and a drain line.
12) Household electric power is required to operate the generator. Specify 208v. or 240v. All in-shower controls operate on low voltage.
13) Look for steam generators that are UL listed.