Can You Put a Swim Spa in a Basement?

Can You Put a Swim Spa in a Basement?

Installing a swim spa indoors is a popular idea amongst those living in colder climates.  Not only does it increase the chances of being used year-round, indoor installation will make access easier and bring heating bills down.  But can you put a swim spa in a basement?  The fact is there are many reasons why installing a swim spa in the basement is a good idea.  In this article we’ll go over some of those reasons as well as touching on some things to keep in mind when dealing with a basement swim spa.

Reduced Costs

As mentioned in the introduction, an indoor swim spa will have lowered heating costs.  The warmth of the house will reduce the amount of heat loss and simple mistakes such as forgetting to put on the hot tub cover on a cold night won’t result in tepid water and an overworked heater.  Other costs will come down as well.  You won’t have to worry about landscaping, excavation or installing a concrete pad. 


Having a swim spa in your backyard can make you a target for mischievous kids or adults.  It wouldn’t be the first time if you came home to find a bunch of teenagers scrambling over your backyard fence after they’ve sneaked into your yard for a late-night dip.  Not only is this annoying, it can be dangerous and put you in a vulnerable legal position.  When you have a basement swim spa, at least you can simply lock the door.

Another thing to keep in mind with any type of swim spa is the flooring surface.  As the signs are known to read, water will make the floors slippery when wet.  You can increase the safety factor by choosing your flooring material wisely.  Look for non-slip tiling or something that provides a decent amount of friction.  The last thing you need is for people to be slipping and hurting themselves.


One thing that you must absolutely be sure to take care of when installing a basement swim spa is to adequate ventilation.  The swim spa will undoubtedly increase the humidity in the room which can lead to wood rot, mold and other problems.  Installing an exhaust fan is usually enough to take care of any humidity problems, but to be on the safe side, you might want to look into a ceiling fan or some dehumidifiers as well.


Another important thing to keep in mind when installing a basement swim spa is having adequate drainage.  No matter how careful your bathers are, they will always end up dripping water when they leave the pool.  This can sometimes be as much as a full gallon.  Obviously, you don’t want to be wiping this up with a towel or mop every time someone uses the swim spa, so having a proper drainage system installed in your floor is a must.

Hire A Professional

Because the correct installation of a swim spa in your basement will require electrical work, plumbing, HVAC services and swim spa installation experience it’s best to hire a professional to get the job done correctly.  This will result in a proper installation that will keep the bathers safe and prevent damage to your home. 

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