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How do Steam Showers Work?

By Karin Mangan

A steam shower comprises a small room, which is enclosed from all four sides. The doors are vapor tight and the steam shower room is equipped with a steam generator. The enclosure's walls, floor and ceilings are made from waterproof materials like marble, stone, fiberglass, acrylic or ceramic.

A steam shower is a type of bathing unit wherein a humidifying steam generator produces water vapor that is discharged around a person's body. If the steam shower enclosure can accommodate more than one person, it can become a wonderful social affair.

A steam shower pumps water from your plumbing system into a tank, which is carefully hidden somewhere in the bathroom. Once you get into the shower and turn the steam generator on, water gets heated by a heating coil in the tank. Usually, there are digital controls which help you set different features of the shower such as lighting, temperature, and speed of steam. As the water heats up, it converts to steam and is allowed to flow from the steam valve into the shower.

The shower area needs to be thoroughly enclosed so the steam remains in the shower enclosure and doesn't flow out into the rest of the bathroom. If your shower doors are not water-tight it can cause severe damage to wall, wallpaper and paint.

Some of the latest steam showers come equipped with valves that release perfumes and aromatic oils to help you relax. A steam shower adds to the value of your home, especially if it has been installed with a full bathroom addition. You also have the convenience of being able to relax in a steam room in your own home.

Yes! The time is ripe to pamper yourself with this modern invention that helps you unwind, detoxify, relax and rejuvenate.

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