How to Install a Hot Tub?

Deciding to purchase a hot tub can be a very satisfying feeling. Suddenly the thoughts of relaxing in warm massaging waters in the privacy of your own backyard become much more real. But you mustn’t forget that you’ll still need to go through the installation process. And although this might seem a little overwhelming at first, with a little preparation and forehand knowledge you can make this process an easy one. So, if you’re now wondering how to install a hot tub, we’ve put together a few pointers to let you know what you’re getting into.

Delivery Access

It’s very easy to get so excited about your hot tub installation that you forget about getting it from the delivery vehicle to the location where you want it installed. Hot tubs are typically moved around by placing them on their side on a wheeled cart. This means you’ll need enough overhead clearance to allow for the full width of the hot tub. Also make sure to measure any tight corners or other narrow spaces to ensure your hot tub will make it through. When access to the final location isn’t possible on the ground, a crane can be employed to lift the hot tub into place. Your hot tub dealer should be able to help you if that’s the case.

Electrical Requirements

Not all hot tubs can be simply plugged into a regular household outlet. The types that can be run on 110 Volts and are often known as plug and play hot tubs. If this is the type of hot tub you end up buying you’ll simply need to make sure there’s an electrical outlet close enough to the hot tub to be able to plug it in without having to employ an extension cord. There’s another type of hot tub that runs on 220 Volts. These are commonly known as hardwired models. They will require hiring an electrician to install a special electrical outlet and connect the hot tub to it. To learn more about the pros and cons of these two different types of hot tubs, speak to your hot tub dealership.

Hot Tub Foundation

Because a hot tub full of water and people can end up weighing several tonnes, it’s essential to set it on a proper foundation. The foundation needs to be level and stable to prevent the hot tub from shifting, cracking or giving away altogether. A commonly used method to create a hot tub foundation is to dig down about a half a foot into the ground and lay down a bed of gravel. This is economical, easily done by someone with little experience and provides a decent level of drainage around the hot tub. Concrete pads are also commonly used to create the hot tub foundation. These can be composed of poured concrete or pre manufactured paving stones. More recently, modular hot tub pads composed of high density polyethylene have become a popular material for creating the foundation. They’re lightweight and simple to put together. One of the most popular foundations for hot tubs is the wooden deck. And while there are many advantages to this type of foundation, it’s essential to ensure it can withstand the full weight of the hot tub and its users. A structural engineer can help make sure the deck can safely hold up.

Water Source

There’s no need to hook your hot tub up to your plumbing system as they are completely self contained units that recirculate the water that’s filled them up. However, it’s important to have a water source nearby as you’ll need to empty, refill and top up your hot tub several times a year. If you don’t already have a convenient source of water it would be well worth it to have one installed along with your hot tub.

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