Prepare to Install a Steam Generator For Your Shower

Posted on 27 May 2022

steam shower generator installation canadaDID YOU KNOW: Steam generators for showers are an excellent way to provide you with a continuous stream of pure steam that features therapeutic properties that enables relaxation and treats various skin conditions. Installing a steam shower kit in Canada is a great way to access these and many other benefits. There are a few key decisions you'll have to make as you shop for a steam kits for your shower. 

In this article, you'll learn how to best prepare your bathroom for the installation of your steam shower generator kit in Canada.

What Is a Steam Generator?

A steam generator for showers is simply a device that converts electricity into steam. Steam generators are often used with vaporizers or showers and are available in several different configurations depending on your needs.

Preparing For a Steam Shower Generator Installation

Size & Location of Generator

First, ensure that your bathroom is large enough to accommodate the generator. Usually, a steam shower generator can be placed in any area of your bathroom that allows for ventilation. If you have already tiled or finished the walls, it's best to allow some extra room between where the generator will be installed and the wall. This provides more room for any future maintenance or repairs that may need to be made. From there, you will be able to easily determine how much piping is needed and how far the steam generator should be placed from the showerhead and any other areas where steam is required.

It's also important to consider where you will be installing the generator. You will need to have access to a water source and a drain, and an electrical outlet. The water source can be either a cold water line or a hot water line, but it's generally easier to use a cold water line. The drain should be located nearby to remove any excess water quickly. And finally, the electrical outlet should be easily accessible so that you can plug in the generator when it's time to use it.

Tools for Steam Generator Installation

Once you've determined the size and location of your steam generator, it's time to begin preparing to install the steam generator for showers. First, you'll need to gather all the necessary tools and supplies. This includes the following equopment:

  • A stud finder (if you're planning on mounting the generator on a wall)  
  • A level - A tape measure
  • An adjustable wrench
  • A drill - 1/2" drill bit - 3/4" drill bit (for larger generators)
  • Pipe cutter (for cutting PVC or CPVC piping)
  • Screws
  • Anchors (if mounting on drywall)

With all of these tools in hand, you'll be ready to start assembling your steam shower kit in Canada.

Location of Controller and Steam Head 

Once you have determined the perfect location for your steam generator, you must then consider the location of the controller and steam head. The controller is typically mounted on a wall near the shower, while the steam head is usually placed above the showerhead. Both of these should be within easy reach so that you can easily control the temperature and flow of steam while showering.

Running the Piping 

The next step is to run the piping from the generator to the controller and then to the steam head. If you're using copper piping, sweat all of the joints together using a soldering iron. For PVC or CPVC piping, use primer and cement to glue all of the joints together. Once everything is glued or soldered together, turn on the water supply and check for leaks. Tighten any fittings that may be leaking until they stop.

Installation of Generator 

Now it's time to install the steam shower generator itself. Start by mounting it to a wall using screws or anchors (if mounting on drywall). Make sure that it's level before continuing. Once it's mounted securely, connect one end of your piping to its inlet port using an adjustable wrench. Then connect the other end of your piping to either a cold water line or hot water line using another wrench. Finally, connect your electrical cord to an outlet and then plug in your generator. Turn on both valves (water supply and power) and allow it to fill up with water before testing it out!

If you are ready to purchase a steam shower kit in Canada, contact SaunaFin today. We would be happy to walk you through the various steam generators for showers that we offer. 

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