How to Install a Hot Tub?

Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a hot tub you need to start thinking about its installation. Fortunately, it shouldn’t be as difficult as you may think. Taking care of a few steps before the hot tub arrives at your house will ensure the installation process is smooth and quick. If you’re wondering how to install a hot tub, we’ve put together a list of things you should be thinking about beforehand to allow for an easy installation. Read on to learn more.

Delivery

Delivery is often the least thought about step in the installation process. But it’s one of the most important steps. If your hot tub can’t be delivered to its final resting spot with ease it’s going to hold up every other step of the process. The main thing to consider is having the space to get the hot tub from the delivery truck to the spot you want the hot tub installed. It’s important to measure the entire delivery pathway to ensure the hot tub will fit as it’s carted from the truck to its final destination. You wouldn’t be the first person to ignore this step and be forced to leave the hot tub on your front lawn until the proper alterations are made. Avoid this scenario with a little foresight and a tape measure.

The Hot Tub Base

It’s highly inadvisable to simply set your hot tub down on your lawn. The ground will shift and settle which could cause your hot tub to crack or collapse altogether. A stable and level hot tub base is a must. This can be accomplished in a few different ways – some easier and more expensive, some more difficult yet more economical. A bed of gravel is a popular hot tub base because it typically requires more muscle than expertise. It also provides natural drainage. A poured concrete pad may require an expert, but it’s much easier to get leveled. Concrete pavers are more manageable for a DIYer although getting them level may require a bit more effort. Prefabricated hot tub pads composed of high density plastic have made creating a hot tub base a much easier job, although their aesthetics may not please everybody. And while a wooden deck is one of the most popular places to install an outdoor hot tub, it’s crucial that it will be able to withstand the weight of the hot tub and its occupants.

Electricity

When it comes to electrical specifications, there are two types of hot tubs: 110 Volt and 220 Volt. 110 Volt hot tubs are commonly known as plug and play models. This is because they use the electrical outlets that are found in and around every home. As long as the hot tub is located close enough to one of these outlets without the need for an extension cord, you won’t have any special electrical needs. 220 Volt hot tubs, on the other hand, will require the services of a ticketed electrician. The hot tub will be hardwired into a dedicated GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) that the electrician will need to install. Your hot tub dealership will be able to help you decide which type of hot tub will be best for your situation.

Water Supply

You could be forgiven for thinking that a hot tub requires hooking up to your plumbing system. But the fact is that hot tubs are completely self contained systems. Once the tub is filled with water, that water is recirculated until it’s time to drain the tub and refill it. This is the reason taking care of the water chemistry is so important. So really, all you need is easy access to a supply of water. If you don’t already have a waterspout near the location of your hot tub, it will save you a lot of hassle if you have one installed.

Now that you’ve learned the basics of how to install a hot tub, find out more by downloading a free buyer’s guide today.

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