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Topic: required water pressure for a steam generator  (Read 2279 times)
Lynn
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« on: February 23, 2009, 06:47:08 AM »

My husband has been talking to several members of his health club about steaming at home.  A few of the guys told him to check the water pressure to the house...  Why would this be something of concern?  Does a steam room have to have a certain amount of water pressure to operate and if so what would be that pressure?  How would we know if the pressure we have would worK?

I was under the assumption that all we need to steam is electric and water to the system.  Why would pressure of the water matter so much?

Lynn
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Misty
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2009, 06:12:58 PM »

Recommended water pressure for a steam generator in many cases is 15-20 PSIG, not to exceed 100 PSIG.  This is within the normal range for home appliances.

You can check your water pressure with a pressure tester kit.  Pick one up at the local Home Depot or your contractor can test this for you.  If your water pressure is too high, you can simply install a pressure regulator to prevent "water hammer" or banging pipes.

If your water pressure is too low, well, you'll be far more concerned about the water pressure for your shower than for your steam shower!  Most residential steam generators hold roughly a quart of water and a typical steam shower uses less than two gallons of water, while a standard shower uses 30-40 gallons on average.
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Lynn
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2009, 06:48:26 AM »


Thank you for your explanation however, I am still a bit confused.
What is the meaning of 'Water Hammer" and why would this be an issue?
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2009, 10:20:24 PM »

Water Hammer is simply banging pipes.  When your water pressure is high, the water rushes through the pipes so hard and fast that your pipes rattle or bang.  It can sound like someone is banging on the pipes, giving it the name Water Hammer.

The concerns with water hammer would be noise and potential strain on the connections, if severe enough.  Banging pipes is the last thing you want to hear when in your steam shower.
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