When looking for a way to entertain your family and friends, there’s nothing quite like owning a hot tub. Hot tubs are versatile, making the perfect place to relax and soak the stress away or a place to pump up and get the party started. And if you’ve been dreaming of a hot tub lately, here are the steps you can take to install your very own spa retreat.
Find a Solid Surface
A water-filled hot tub will get extremely heavy, so find a solid surface that can support that weight. Concrete surfaces are ideal, but composite wooden slabs or stone pavers can be an excellent option that look great too. Here are some other things you should keep in mind when looking for the best location for that luxurious new hot tub:
• Plenty of space for equipment/accessories
• Privacy from neighbors
• House proximity
What About Indoor Hot Tubs?
An indoor hot tub is convenient and a lot of fun, but if you’re considering installing a hot tub indoors, there are many more things you need to take into consideration. You need to:
• Install the proper flooring
• Check drainage and water supply
• Install fans
• Prepare the room for moisture/ventilation
• Consider the chemical
How to Install a Hot Tub
Now that you’ve found the perfect location, there are a few considerations you can plan for when waiting for your dealer to deliver the tub.
Take a look at which power supplies your hot tub requires, as this will determine where you need to plug it in. 220-volt connections need to be hard-wired to a power supply, while 120-volt connections can be plugged straight into a grounded electrical outlet, but make sure that no other appliances share the same outlet.
Create a Pathway
The installation process will be much quicker if you create a pathway for the delivery process. Make sure no objects, like furniture, toys, or other tripping hazards, are obstructing the path. You can help guide the process by showing the delivery personnel which pathway they should follow.
If there are lots of stairs or sharp bends, see if you can find another entryway so that the hot tub can reach your desired location more quickly. Once the personnel have arrived, they’ll assemble and wire the tub so that you can quickly get to using it.
Preparing the Hot Tub
Now that the hot tub has been delivered, it’s time to fill it up! But before you grab the hose, you’ll need to check a couple of things to make sure the tub is ready.
• Turn off the electricity
• Clean hot tub for the first time
• Open the air valves
• Close the drain port
Now that you’ve prepped the tub, you can fill it up.
Filling the Hot Tub
When more people climb into the hot tub, the water level will rise, so keep that in mind. You don’t want to fill the hot tub to the top and have water spilling over the edges when people step in. Fill the hot tub with cold water and stop around 6 or 7 inches from the top edges. You can then turn on the power and begin heating the water to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Now all that’s left to do is read up in your instruction manual on how to add the chemicals.
Adding the Chemicals
The heat helps the chemicals dissolve, so wait until your tub gets hot before adding any chemicals to the water. When the water is nice and hot, pour the chemicals right into the water and let the water jets mix it all in.
You should wait at least 30 minutes before climbing in as a general rule. This allows some time for the chemicals to dissolve. However, depending on the [chemicals you use], you may need to wait longer. Based on the chemicals you buy, you can check with your local dealer on how long you should wait before climbing in.
Hot tubs make the perfect addition to a home, whether you’re looking for a relaxing way to unwind or a party place for family and friends. When you buy a hot tub through your local dealer, their expertise can make the installation process quick and straightforward so that you can hop right in and enjoy it.
If you’re looking for a hot tub, reach out to our experts. They can guide you through the process of finding the perfect tub for you.