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Steam Shower => Technical Support => Topic started by: Leah on March 17, 2009, 08:25:34 AM

Title: water from the steam head
Post by: Leah on March 17, 2009, 08:25:34 AM
Hi, again. Thanks for your help with the light.

I'm getting water coming out of my steam head when I turn on my steamroom. Is this normal? It's not just water - it's steam, too. Is there something wrong with my steamer?

Title: Re: water from the steam head
Post by: Misty on April 20, 2009, 04:09:11 PM
This is quite normal.

When you turn off your steam shower, the remaining steam in the pipes cools and becomes condensate.  The longer your pipe run, the more pipe in which to potentially collect condensate.  When you turn on your steam shower, the fresh steam pushes the condensate in the pipes out your steam head as it enters the steam shower.

Pitching the steam line 1/4" per foot of pipe length during installation is generally recommended to prevent this from occurring.

Title: Re: water from the steam head
Post by: Leah on May 05, 2009, 03:38:48 PM
Thanks, Misty.

Title: Re: water from the steam head
Post by: Emily on July 09, 2009, 11:33:52 AM
I'm experiencing a similar issue.  I have a Mr. Steam generator and during operation, I don't just get water out the head during the initial push of condensation, sometimes, I get water sputtering out the head while I am taking a steam bath.  I typically steam for 10-15 minutes.  It is inconsistent as to when it does and does not sputter water out of the head.
My steam line is about a 12 foot run.  From the shower, It first is vertical for about 3 feet down into the basement, then a 90 degree bend to a horizontal steam line run and then another 90 degree bend to a vertical line hooked up to the steam unit.  My line is pitched back to the steam generator so that water should run back into the tank.
I am curious as to why I might be getting water sputtering during a 10-15 minute session.
Do I need to insulate my steam line?
Thank Much.

Title: Re: water from the steam head
Post by: Misty on July 17, 2009, 04:59:12 PM
Without knowing which way the final bend goes, I can only guess that you have created a trap in the steam line.  If that is the case, you have created a "water wall" in the line that the steam will have to fight its way past.  On top of that, some water will be pushed up through the remaining steam line to reach the outlet.  Each time steam enters the room, this water will be expelled into the steam room, which is what it sounds like you are experiencing.

I would recommend speaking to an Installation Specialist (http://www.steamsaunabath.com/catalog/installation.php) who can help you determine the best way to correct your sputtering steam head.