How to Install a Steam Shower Generator
It is great to be able to have a steam shower in your home and the good news is that a steam shower generator can really be installed by anyone with a few easy steps.
Step 1 - Buying a Steam Shower Kit
The first thing that you will want to do is determine which kind of kit best meets your needs. If you have a medical or sports problem and are using it for your muscles or a sore back or you are just looking for a little relaxation, they have different kits that will fulfill these needs. Once you have picked the kit that is best for you, make sure that it comes with the generator and can be hooked up to your shower. Typically you can find these on line for cheaper than in a store however if you are unsure of what you need or want you may want to look in your local hardware store and get advice.
Step 2 - Deciding Where The Generator Will Go
While there are many different places that you can put the generator, you will want to make sure that there is an outlet near the place you choose so it can be plugged in to operate. Not only do you need to plug into an outlet, but you also have to make sure that there is a source for water nearby to hook up to as well. One of the most popular places for the steam generator is a bathroom cabinet or even drawer.
Step 3 - Connecting Generator and Shower
Unless your shower is very close to where you are storing your generator, most likely the vanity, you will have to drill two holes in the wall that are between the vanity and the shower. Once you have drilled the holes and run them through you can connect the steam valve and the control panel. Then, the control panel can be set up inside of the shower.
Step 4 - Finishing Up
For a steam shower to work the right way you have to make sure that the steam isn't getting out. If your shower isn't closed completely you will want to make sure this gets done or if there are a few cracks or gaps, a little sealant can do the trick. This includes in the grout around the tiles in your shower. If these have any gaps or holes or even small bubbles you will want to fill them with either sealant or caulk. This can easily be tested by trying out the steam shower and then determining if there are any holes you can not easily see.
One tip to keep in mind is that if you have any plaster or drywall that is exposed in your shower you will have to cover it as it will become soggy when the steam shower begins.
While this project does take a few hours to complete, it really isn't hard and the end product is extremely rewarding and relaxing. Enjoy your new steam shower!