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    Steam - Maintenance & Construction

    Maintenance

    Steam baths require very little maintenance. The generator should be drained and flushed regularly to reduce build-up of sediment inside the tank. Amerec AK and 3K Series steam generators feature a manual drain valve to facilitate draining and flushing the tank. We recommend the optional ADK automatic drain valve to drain and flush the tank after every steam bath. Construction

    The following information is presented as an aid to those installing a steam generator or constructing a steam room. Due to complex construction variables, climate variances and changes in manufacturing specifications, this information represents suggestions only. It is recommended that you consult your architect, wall material manufacturer or specification engineer regarding your particular installation.

    When planning a steam room project, the objectives of comfort and relaxation should be the primary objective. A room properly designed and constructed should maintain a temperature range of 110 to 120 degrees Farenheit, heat to this temperature within approximately 20 minutes and have a comfortable and relaxing seating arrangement. If space permits, seating that allows the bather to recline, or even lay down, greatly enhances the steam bath experience.

    Steam Room Design Considerations:

    1. A steam room, unlike a sauna, is a moist environment. Avoid using construction materials which are subject to corrosion or decay.
    2. All inside surfaces of the steam room must be completely sealed and covered with a waterproof finish such as tile. Sheet rock surfaces are not recommended. However, fiberglass reinforced cement materials such as Dura-Rock or Wonder Board may be used if properly sealed against moisture with a commercial waterproof paint. All joints or cracks, including shower head, handles escutcheons and steam head escutcheon should be sealed with silicone. Acrylic or fiberglass enclosures recommended for steam by the manufacturer also make excellent steam rooms.
    3. Ceiling and seats inside the steam enclosure should be sloped to allow condensation to runn of the interior surfaces and prevent water from dripping on the bather. A minimum ceiling slope of 3/4" per foot should be adequate. In some installations, sloping the ceilling in two directions from the center may be preferred.
    4. A floor drain should be provided for cleaning and allowing water to drain. A non-skid floor surface should be used for safety.
    5. Ceiling height should be limited to 8'. Heights in excess of 8' may result in hot or adequate temperatures near the ceiling, but uncomfortably cool floor temperatures.
    6. When selecting a construction material for lining the inside walls and ceiling of your steam room, make sure to contact the material manufacturer to make sure the material is warranted for the hot, moist conditions of a steam bath.
    7. The steam room must be totally enclosed, including an air tight door.
    8. Ceiling vents in the steam room are not recommended. If used, they must form a vapor-tight seal and positive closing. Ducts must be waterproof.
    9. Skylights and exterior windows are not recommended as they allow heat loss. If used, they must be double pane. Caution should be used to insure that the geight and size of a window or skylight in a steam room does not prevent the room from maintaining comfortable temperatures in a reasonable lenght of time.

    An area for mounting the steam generator must be selected to provide the following:
    1. Allow access for servicing and provide sufficient space to remove elements should they ever need replacing.
    2. The steam generator must be protected from freezing, moisture and areas which might exceed 140 degrees Farenheit. Do not mount the generator inside the steam room or in an outdoor locations.
    3. The all copper line from the steam generator to the steam room should not exceed 25', should always slope toward the steam generator or steam head, should not form traps or valleys allowing condensation to accumulate, and should be insulated to prevent heat loss and prevent burns from accidental contact.
    4. The steam head should be mounted in accordance with the generator installation instructions and in a location that minimizes potential bather contact.
    5. When installing the generator, plumbing unions should be used to allow removal of the generator should service be required.

    Disclaimer
    This information represents recommendations only. Due to conditions of your installation, these suggestions may not be applicable. We can not warrant, and should not be relied upon for information given concerning steam room materials or construction techniques. Please consult a professional contractor for suggestions relative to your installation.

    Steam Vendor: Custom Steam Showers/Rooms by Remodel Craft

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