We just finished the conversion of a regular shower into a Mr. Steam Shower. In this case, our customer did not want to tear down all the existing tile, so we just changed the floor, replaced the first row of wall tile, and added tile to the ceiling. The first row of tile has to be broken inevitably when removing an old shower basin.
After finishing the tile work, we installed the frame-less glass to completely enclose the shower. The space was somewhat limited, so a teak fold up shower seat was installed; however, this needs to be done carefully as these seats are to be installed directly to the studs or else they will not support weight and collapse.
All the corners of the shower were reinforced with commercial grade silicone and the entire shower was treated with a high grade sealer to prevent humidity buildup. The Mr. Steam unit was located in one of the kitchen cabinets, which so happened to be right behind the shower wall where the mixer is located.
This new Mr. Steam shower made our customer very happy and gave him an amazing way to relax after long stressful days in the office!
The Mr Steam I Dream Package is really the most luxurious and innovative steam product in the market right now. The installation can be tricky, but if done right an unique and amazing steam bath can be achieved, like in the case of this recent installation which had a high level of difficulty but the end result was a tremendous success.
The steam unit put in is an MS-Super3-EC1 with the I steam control and Steam Head in the black finish, the I Steam module will allow you to control the time and temperature settings, audiosteam music system , chromasteam mood lighting and aromasteam oil delivery system. The first part is choosing where to install the steam unit in an existing bathroom and the most feasible place was in the bathroom vanity right next to the shower, from this location, we were able to pull water to feed the steam unit and run the 240 volt electrical which we got from the garage. Once we had placed the steam unit in the vanity the next step was to find a suitable location for the I Dream equipment.
We were able to locate and adjacent wall in the laundry room that when opened led us to the steam unit in the vanity, this made it a suitable area to place the audiosteam, chromasteam and aromasteam system, because they are all connected to the steam unit. Now the new challenge was to run the speaker wire and chromasteam cable from the closet to the ceiling in the shower, luckily the attic allowed us enough space to crawl and successfully route said cables to the shower. I must say that the next thing wed did was my partners idea and it came out beautiful!
The solution for the ceiling which was not tiled; was to create a custom tempered glass which would be attached to the actual studs and would become the new ceiling, thus providing an amazing look and effectively waterproofing the shower.
The speakers, chromasteam light and rain shower head were placed in the new glass ceiling, the I Steam control and Steamhead properly installed inside the shower, the steam unit and I Dream accessories all ready to be fired up, and so the steam session began. With the time and temperature set and about five minutes later the steam began to fill the shower, and with the touch of a button in the I Steam control the aromasteam system infuses the steam line with natural aromatherapy, the music source is chosen and the mood lighting turned on, after a half hour testing session our job was complete and our customer extremely happy and eager to enjoy his Mr Steam I Dream Package. I forgot to mention he also got the steam linx system which allows you to turn the steam unit on/off from your smart phone so long as you're within wifi range!
Amerec has been providing saunas of high quality for the past forty years and they are most definitely the best sauna brand in the United States. When you are building a sauna room is important to ensure the walls are covered in plywood prior to installing the sauna wood so that the tongue and groove system is given a proper nailing surface.
The plywood must be covered with vapor barrier so that the sauna room becomes insulated and the humidity does not build up. This sauna room was installed in a Gym, the location chosen was the old storage room that was located in the Mens locker room, the job took about four days to be completed.
The first part of the process was to measure the room, making a detailed drawing which is sent to the factory so they can prepare a drawing of their own, when this factory drawing was approved by our client the western red cedar wood was precut according to the approved specs. Three weeks later we received the entire sauna room in boxes ready to be assembled, so we began by running the 240 volt electrical feed to the sauna room, then the plywood and vapor barrier were put in place, once this was ready; the nailing of the tongue and groove began. Each plank is placed according to the drawing and proper level is ensured, the best place to start is the ceiling, then move on the back wall, side walls, frontal walls, upper and lower benches, door jamb and hanging the actual door, then last but not least the floor!
We always ensure that all temperature probes, time and temperature control, light and electrical feed cables are properly ran before we put up the sauna wood. The last thing we do is install the actual sauna heater and all its components, once this is done; the new sauna room is ready to be enjoyed instantly and it actually was!
So last week I received a call regarding a brand new Mr steam unit that had been installed in the Ft Lauderdale Area. My customer was disappointed because it was not turning on after the installation had been finished.
I went over to check this unit out, and after inspecting it; saw that the water feed solenoid was broken in half, specifically the part of the solenoid that goes inside the red hose. The unit was turned on without making sure that nothing was leaking, a simple inspection would have prevented the damage. When the steam generator was turned on the water hit the 103975 pc board and transformer, this immediately burned these parts.
The factory test every unit before they are shipped out so it's impossible this would have been broken there, it could have happened during shipping or the installer over tightened the water supply hose, either way, it should have been detected before the unit was turned on.
I replaced the pc board, transformer and water feed solenoid and got the steam unit to work again.
Mr Steam has been around for close to sixty years and it is very common to run into units that have been installed about twenty years ago, this was the case for my latest installation. The steam unit had been installed before the bathroom was actually built, so the bathroom vanity was introduced around the actual steamer. Surprisingly the steam unit worked without any sort of issues or maintenance for the full twenty years, this is a testament to the quality that a Mr steam generator offers.
Removing the old steam unit was actually impossible without taking the vanity apart and removing the sink, once that was done, I was able to place the new unit in this very tight spot where the original unit was placed.
My customer did not want to purchase the auto flush which was a shame because it does work, very effectively; it keeps the tank clean by removing the excess water left from the boiling process and leaving the tank empty, so when you start a new session fresh water is introduced to the steam unit tank. This allows the heating element and tank to remain free of any sediment build up.
The new I Tempo Plus Control and Aroma Steamhead were positioned in their original placement spots in the shower, momentarily the brand new Mr steam was turned on and the steam bath session began.
Have you ever wondered if converting your shower into a steam room is a major project? Well, I can tell you it can be done in three days, one for the electrical, one for the glass installation and one for the steam unit installation. I just finished this type of installation for one of my customers and it was a very painless process for everyone involved.
The first thing we did was to install the brand new glass door and panels, then a glass top as the ceiling so that the shower could be completely enclosed, this process as a whole takes about one week because the glass is made to order once we measure it, however; it only takes us one day of being in your house to actually install the glass.
Now the electrical part can sometimes be tricky, most of the time it will take a whole day to be able to run the 240 volt connection from the breaker box to the actual area where the steam unit will be installed. This now would technically be the second day of actual labor in your home.
The third and final day will be when we install the steam bath generator, I always recommend, the mr steam generators, because; there are a lot of brands out there and after eight years of experience I can tell you without a doubt Mr steam is the best steam unit in the market. The warranty, technology, quality and customer service they offer is really above average and far superior from the rest. The plumbing, electrical and accessories installation gets done in a full day.
So if you ever considered turning your shower into a steam shower but thought it would be a major project that would interfere with your very busy schedule, I guarantee you the process couldn't be smarter and noninvasive, and the most important thing; the actual cost is very affordable considering everything you are getting in a turn key installation.
So when one of my customers asked me to install a 36 kW commercial steam generator in his home, I was surprised, frankly, had been one of the first times I had received such a request. When I arrived at the house, it started to make a little more sense because this was a huge mansion and they actually have a 1400 cubic foot room where they would make the steam room, also this room has a pool which pretty much makes it the coolest steam room ever. The Mr Steam CU-1400 36 KW commercial steam generator was installed in the basement of the mansion, which is relatively close to the steam room, the temperature is set by the CU1-D1 which is factory installed on the boiler itself, the only thing is it keeps the boiler on all day maintaining the set temperature, which is not something you want for a residential steam room, so the 30 minute mechanical timer was installed by the entrance of the steam room, thus allowing for on demand operation, however, the boiler remains on all the time and the steam pressure must be released if it is not going to the steam room, that is why the steam vent is important because it allows the steam vessel to stay at a stable pressure and allows for the steam to be released immediately to the steam room when prompted by the 30 minute timer. The heavy duty auto blow down valve was installed and set to turn on everyday from 12 am to 6 am, in this period the valve releases all excess water from the tank, allowing the boiler to remain clean so it does not build up sediment, also the boiler remains off during this time period. The blow down valve does keep the boiler clean, but it does not hurt to add a second layer of protection, that is why we installed the Amerec ASX-200 two stage water filtration system to clean the water before it goes into the boiler, because sediment is the number one enemy of the commercial boilers. The boiler is working very well without any issues, this makes my customer and his constant house guest very happy!
This week I replaced an old Amerec 8 KW Sauna Heater that had been working in a commercial setting for close to ten years, it is not uncommon to run into these heaters that really after ten years of heavy duty daily use are still working and could be repaired if so desired. In this case my customer decided a new unit was in the best interest of the club and we put in a new Amerec Trend 8 KW Sauna Heater with A30 time and temperature control and commercial on/off button.The installation is always difficult when it comes to running the new cables for the controls from outside the sauna room to the heater inside, luckily I have very good plastering skills and making holes in the wall to run the cable is not a big issue since I can easily patch it, once that is done, we put in the new heater and make all the 240 volt electrical connections and also connect the sauna light to the heater so it can be powered by it and not from the source in the breaker box, this allows the light to be automatically turned on when the on/off button is pushed and also be turned on/off from the A30 control. This brand new heater works very well for the commercial setting it was put in, the on/off button makes it easy to operate for the daily user and the A30 control gives the manager the ability to change settings, although, the A30 control was left accessible for the daily users so they could also make changes to the settings. The room reaches 180 degrees in about 15 minutes, which is very good timing and adding some water to the rocks creates some soft steam and raises the humidity of the room. Amerec has been making saunas in the United Sates for close to forty years and they are truly the best sauna brand available in the market, so if you need to replace your old heater or are looking for a new one, Amerec will be your best choice.
Amerec saunas are definitely the best and highest quality saunas in the United States, the way that the heaters are designed is not comparable to any other in the market. In this case I was replacing an old viking sauna heater that was no longer working. The hardest part of these installations is running the new cables for the control and sauna light, once this is done the other components are installed. The A30 control is really meant to be used by the club manager in a commercial setting and the commercial on/off button is installed in an area easy to reach by the users making it easy to operate. I installed the on/off control where the old viking timer was outside the sauna and the A30 timer higher than that, where it would be obvious that the daily users just need to turn the sauna on with the regular on/off timer, the duration of the session and temperature is preset by the club manager, in this case 180 degrees for 30 minutes and every time the on/off button is pushed the control defaults to these settings and automatically turns on the sauna light. The sauna is working very well making the spa users very happy but most importantly the club manager!
Many steam installations occur when a bathroom is in the process of being remodeled. When possible install locations are limited, a good option is one of the bathroom vanities; therefore, this limited space made my job a lot harder. The installation began with the slight issue that the plumber who worked on the gutted bathroom before me did not leave the drain exit pipe on the location I had specified, in order to make the gravity auto drain possible. Due to this, a special box used as a shelf for the steam generator made the level of the gravity drain a reality. Now with that fixed, I was able to proceed; however, my job was made even harder because the space inside the cabinet was reduced more. The good news is that I was able to install the steam unit, including the accessories my customer had bought, such as the aromatherapy pump, chromatherapy light, steamlinx app and inline water filter to clean the water feeding the steam unit. Please take a look at the finished product below and call me should you have any questions regarding a steam bath generator installation.