Hot tubs are a great addition to any backyard or patio, and are perfect for some much-needed relaxation at the end of a day. But before you think of getting one, read on to see what it takes to install a hot tub yourself.
- Weigh your options
Power, size and depth are all important factors to consider. Larger hot tubs require more powerful heaters and are a more complicated to set up. Some small hot tubs use standard power outlets but might not perform as well during the winter months.
- Safety first
Once you figure out where you want to place your hot tub you’ll want to make sure that the installation area has a level surface (if it’s being installed on the ground) or that it is able to support the weight of a hot tub (if you are installing it in an existing deck). You’ll most likely need a building permit before you do any work, so be sure that your planned hot tub space complies with your local safety codes.
- Laying a foundation
Once you’ve bought your dream hot tub it’s time to get to work. For an above ground installation there are a lot of possibilities for foundations. The most common is a concrete base, which is a low-maintenance way to add value to your home. Installing on a deck is also a great option since the deck should already be level.
- Installation Time
Now it’s time to move your hot tub. With something this big you are going to want multiple people helping you out. You should be able to move it to where you want it with a few dollies, which can be found at rental shops.
- Hooking it up
Larger hot tubs, as mentioned, require some pretty complex work. They use about 200 volts and their wiring might be best suited for a licensed electrician. Smaller hot tubs use about half as much power and only require a household wall outlet.
- Now for the water
Once the hot tub has power you can use your hose to fill up to the specified level. Sanitize your water and heat it once it has been filled. Keep in mind that it could take up to 7 or 8 hours to heat up your water depending on your power source.
Congratulations! You just set up your hot tub. Now all there is to do is sit back and relax in your perfectly heated water.
If you’re looking for more detailed instructions we encourage you to read an online resource like Spa Depot’s SpaClopedia.
Happy hot tubbing!
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