How to Install a Steam Shower Enclosure
You can install a steam shower enclosure in your home by purchasing any available steam shower enclosure units sold on the market today. The concept for their installations are similar, which makes this task easy to accomplish for most do-it-yourselfers with some assistance. This article outlines the materials, tools and steps needed to install a steam shower enclosure in your home.
Step 1: Purchase Materials
Go to a home improvement center or bath center to purchase a steam shower enclosure for your home. Choose the type and style that fits your bathroom and is easy for you to install and use. Make sure to measure the space that the shower enclosure will go in case you need to special order it.
Step 2: Level the Shower Base
You will need to level the base of the shower in which you plan to install the steam shower enclosure. This is done in order to make sure that water drains properly. Use a level to check that the base of the shower is level throughout. You may need to pull up the flooring in the case that the floor is not level enough for the installation of the steam shower enclosure. It most cases, the shower base should be level enough for the installation.
Step 3: Attach the Steam Shower Enclosures to the Shower
After leveling the base, attach the walls of the steam shower to the base. Use self tapping screws to secure the walls at the base of the existing shower. After the base of the enclosure is set in place, the side walls need to be attached. Use a silicone caulk to seal the corners of the steam shower enclosure to prevent it from leaking.
Step 4: Contact an Electrician
Call a qualified electrician to come in and connect the color coordinated wires to their corresponding wires for the steam shower enclosure. The electrician also needs to create a dedicated circuit for the steam shower enclosure which is a ground fault circuit interrupter. This is necessary in order to prevent you from getting shocked while using the steam shower. Do not attempt this wiring if you are not a qualified electrician. The risk is injury or death.
Step 5: Install Ventilation Fan
Create a ventilation duct and fan similar to the set up for your clothes dryer. This step is necessary because if you do not have proper ventilation near the steam shower it will be subject to excess moisture that can cause water damage, mold and mildew in the shower.
Step 6: Test the Steam Shower
Run the shower for a period of 5 to 10 minutes before the first use. This will flush the system of any chemical residue that the manufacture used to treat the system. Test the controls to make sure that they have been properly installed and are working smoothly.