How far away can I place the Steam Generator from the Shower?

Most steam generators can be placed up to 60 feet from the shower with properly insulated steam lines. Check with the manufacture for your specific distance.

Can I Install the Steam Generator Above the Shower?

Yes! Feel free to mount the steam generator above the shower.  Always ensure that installation location is in a heated, conditioned attic. You cannot risk the generator freezing.  Please note that the generator can be in most any room of the home; utility and mechanical room, under a vanity, in a closet, in a wall or most anywhere you can imagine.

Can I lay the Steam Generator on its side to fit my location? 

NO!  The steam generator must be installed upright and level.  Each generator is engineered to be operated with the unit installed flat and upright.  Detailed instructions can be found in the installation manual. 

How far should the steam head be off the floor?

The steam head should be positioned from 6”-12” off the floor. This will permit the steam to be emitted at just the right height to fill the room with steam from bottom to top.

Can I locate the steam head near the bench?

A you can imagine; the generator is creating hot steam to be emitted into the room.  Placing the steam head near the bench can create a less than desirable effect. Always keep the steam head away from the feet and legs of any steam bather to prevent the risk of injury.

Is Pex Tubing or Pex Pipe allowed for steam generator installation?

NO! PEX is a plastic and is not rated for steam showers which can reach a temperature of 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

How should I run the steam line?

Always use brass or copper piping.  PVC or PEX pipe is not allowed for steam installation.  The steam line should never be installed in such a way as to create a “U” in the line.  Piping in this manner will create a trap in the steam line which will collect condensation.  The subsequent back pressure can become a danger.  All residential steam generators are designed for atmospheric operation only and any back pressure created by the “trap” will force the pressure release valve to open.
The steam line should always be installed with a slight pitch either toward the generator or toward the shower. This pitch should be ¼” per foot.  This will allow the water and condensation to drain from the steam line.
Steam line installation should use unions for all connections.  In the unlikely event that your steam unit needs servicing, this will make removal much less time consuming.
Use a 220-degree rated fiber glass insulation on the steam lines as the steam will cool the longer it travels through the steam line.
Always use copper or brass fittings for your steam installation. SharkBite connectors are not approved for this application.
Why do I need the Auto Flush option in my steam generator?
The auto flush option will extend the life of your steam generator.  Draining the water from your unit will ensure fewer maintenance calls and lead to less downtime for your system.
The auto flush valve will wash away any left-over sediment in the tank after a steam bathing session.
The auto flush will also eliminate any stagnant water which may be in the tank.  This ensures clean, fresh water to create pure steam with every use.

Do I need a pressure reducing valve?

A pressure reducing valve is always recommended to reduce the water intake noise.  A quieter steam shower leads to a more peaceful and tranquil steam bath.

Can’t I just drain the water back into the shower?

No!  This is a terrible idea!  The last thing that you want to do is drain the sediment from the steam tank back into your beautiful new shower and risk staining the tile and grout.  There would also be a risk to anyone standing in the shower as the scalding hot water is drained back into the shower.  This could burn the feet of an unsuspecting bather.

Why do I need a drain pan?

A drain is always recommended, and, in some areas, it is required by code.  The last thing that you want to do is risk a failing inspection which will delay any needed permitting.

January 27, 2022 — Tim Zilis