Steam Showers are luxurious items that are pricier than your average shower. They require proper care and maintenance to enable it last long. The cost of repairing a damaged steam shower is usually high however through proper and timely check of the power lines, water supply pipes, generators etc. can save you from spending such huge amounts on repairs. The following tips are the best ways you can care for your steam shower:
- CLEAN THE INTERIOR OF THE STEAM SHOWER
Steam showers produce moisture hence they need to be cleaned and dried regularly to keep the unit mold and stain free. Stains and mold growth can be cleaned using all-purpose cleaners. Open the steam shower to enable the moisture escape. Also open the windows or install an exhaust fan to provide air circulation. Every few months, flush the unit to get rid of calcium
- CHECK TIGHTNESS OF SEALS AND JOINTS
Once we install and begin to use the steam shower, it becomes subject to wear and tear after a long period of time. Therefore, it is important to check the silicone seals, water supply joints, valves and nozzles at least once in a year. If any wear and tear is noticed while carrying out a routine maintenance, they can be replaced, tightened or repaired using the most basic plumbing.
- INSPECT THE WATER LINES.
The water supply pipes should be checked for leaks as water is a very important factor in a shower. Less steam pressure can be caused by a leak in the water supply line and this can affect the overall performance of the unit.
Inspect the supply pipes for leaks and loose connections. Tighten the fittings and seal the leaks as soon as possible as shortage during the operation of the unit can cause serious damage to the steam shower.
- CLEAN THE STEAM GENERATOR
It is good practice to clean the steam generator after about 20 showers. To clean the steam generator, fill the tank with between 5 to 10 grams of citric acid diluted with about 1.5 liters of warm water. Let it set for 12 hours before turning it on to heat the water. This will vaporize the citric acid.
The steam generator will have a manual drain valve. This valve should be drained approximately every 2 months. You may have to remove any large clumps by hand.
- INSPECT HEATING COILS
If you have noticed that your steam shower is now producing a relatively lower amount of steam especially after you have used it for a long period of time. It is likely that the heating element or device may require cleaning or replacement. If so, have the heating element inspected and replaced if necessary.
- SQUEEGEE AFTER SHOWER
Hot water often leaves behind minerals that create a whitish haze over glass doors and tile. The longer the minerals sit, the harder they are to remove. A quick squeegee after the last shower of the day will make cleaning easier in the long run.