Modular steam cabins
These are generally constructed from easy-clean acrylic and are completely enclosed structures so that steam doesn’t escape and damage walls or ceilings within the bathroom, or other bathroom fixtures.
A steam shower cabin offers easy installation; normally no more than compression plumbing connectors and a fused electrical supply which can be situated in a variety of locations in the bathroom for maximum flexibility – the only possible limitation would be the need to run electric and water supplies to the point where the unit will be situated. But even the smallest bathroom can usually accommodate one of these modern all-in-one steam shower cabins.
Comparison shop for best buys
There is an incredible range of brands and models of steam shower units available and it pays to shop around; both at local bathroom suppliers and also online where many a great bargain can be found, including some steam shower suppliers offering UK-wide free delivery on their products.
Don’t buy too big
One thing to watch out for if you do opt to buy online is the overall dimensions of the steam shower unit you are considering. Most of them come basically preassembled, so it’s important to make sure that when it’s delivered you’re going to be able to get it through your front door, or back door, and into the bathroom without having to resort to removing doors or dismantling the unit to clear through hallways, etc. Double check the overall dimensions with the supplier before making a final decision and purchasing.
Plumbing and electrical requirements
It’s also a good idea to enquire about the exact plumbing and electrical requirements so that you can have all that taken care of before the actual shower unit arrives – then it’ll just be a case of connecting the water supply and connecting the steam shower unit to the electricity supply. This shouldn’t take more than around 20 minutes or so.
Tip: make sure your water pressure is sufficient for the shower unit to operate correctly; typically 1.3 to 3.5 Bar is optimal. If you have low water pressure – you may need to install a shower pump in order to get the best from your shower unit.
A good warranty = no worries
Also check the warranty which is offered with the shower cabin you finally choose. Make sure you’re clear on what exactly it covers, and make sure to inspect the unit for any damage before installing it.
Look for leaks
Once it’s in place, switch it on and close the door – check for steam leakage from the enclosure. The cabin, or enclosure, should be vapour-proof, so there should be no steam escaping into the rest of the bathroom. Check all seals and the door frame especially to make sure it’s watertight.