The spa oasis is complete. The Thermasol SSA 395 steam generator, Microtouch Time/Temp controller, and steam head have finally been installed. It took some doing. Mother nature just would not cooperate, so it took a couple of weeks after the unit arrived before Mr. McGhee, my electrician could run the electric. I didn’t have the heart to ask him work in the extreme cold and rain. The easiest way to run the line was to run a conduit on the outside from the panel into the location where the unit will be housed. I was fine with that since I haven’t painted the house yet. The conduit will be painted and hopefully blend well enough that it really won’t be noticeable. He tucked it near the window trim, which minimizes it further. The unit requires a 60 amp breaker and the wire for that was super thick. Thanks to the larger panel Mr. McGhee installed for me several months ago I had the space.
When he was able to do his work, the plumber didn’t show up. That marked twice that he no showed me without so much as a call, so my negative streaks with plumbers continued until I called Zins Plumbing. Zins was able to send a service man, Kevin, out the same day, Thursday. He was awesome, funny, and efficient. Their web page (can’t call it a site) states their goal is 100% customer satisfaction. If you aren’t smiling, we haven’t done our job! They did their job well, I’m smiling, and I now have a plumber. I didn’t get any pictures of Kevin while he was curled up in my crawl space, but the end result was spot on. Even Mr. McGhee, who returned for the final connection after the plumbing work was done, commented on the quality of Kevin’s soldering.
The one thing Zins would not do is drill the hole in my tile for the steam head. I was ready for that. The steam head required a 1 1/8″ hole. The controller a 1 1/2″ hole. I got both sizes, Kempton Coated Diamond hole saws, from Amazon. Keeping the saw steady in one spot until it starts to embed in your tile is a challenge, so I bit on a suggestive sale and purchased a Drilax Drill Bil Hole Saw Guide with suction cup. It worked like a charm. Kevin provided me the measurements between studs, so it was easy and accurate project for me.
The only thing I could not accomplish was connecting the pressure valve to a drain. I called Mitch Altman (owner of Thermasol who gave me his number to call if I had any problems – LOVE THIS GUY) said I should not have any problems and that a drain connection wasn’t necessary. Just to be safe I did connect a metal tipped pipe on it (like the one on my water heater) which ends over a small bucket.
There are countless articles on the Internet that tout the benefits of a steam room. There are actual health benefits that come about due to the humidity generated in a steam shower. This Healthline article really spells them out well. My gym pals from the Health Plex use to tease me for my lack of sweat. Flushing out toxins through sweat is the one thing I’m looking most forward to. I found a SteamSauna for your healthy lifestyle blog that stated the best temperature for a steam shower is between 110 degrees Fahrenheit or 115 degrees Fahrenheit. At these temperatures, the body’s metabolism rises to the extent where core temperature begins to be regulated. This causes more energy consumption, an increase in circulation, and an increase in heart rate. I never used the sauna or steam room at the gym. The Health Plex did a terrible job keeping the locker rooms clean, so I never trusted using theirs.
Time to give my personal, private, steam room a try. Thank you Mitch Altman.