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Installing Water Line Connections for a Steam Shower

If you're installing a steam shower in your bathroom, you'll have to add a water line connection. Host Ed Del Grande shows how to install a water line connection for a steam shower.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Position the Generator

Place a concrete block into a drip pan, then set the steam generator into position.

Note: Installing a water filter is optional but recommended to keep debris out of the system.

Step 2: Connect Steam Line

Once the connections have been made from the filter to the generator, connect the steam line by attaching the female adapter and union to the threaded connection on the generator.

connect the steam line

Step 3: Attach a Union

Attach a 1/2" union to the wall inlet, and then pipe it to the unit.

Solder all joints.

attach a union to wall inlet

Step 4: Insulate the Steam Line

When you know there are no steam leaks, insulate the steam line to prevent burns. Fill up the water heater by opening the water valves.

Step 5: Caulk the Control Panel

Apply silicone caulk to the back of the control panel, then position on the wall.

Note: The control panel must be installed away from the steam head.

add caulk to back of control panel

Step 6: Turn the Generator On

Plug in the steam generator and turn it on. The control panel should light up.

Tip: Wait 24 hours before using the steam system to allow the caulk to dry.