A hot tub is an investment and one that will bring relaxation and enjoyment for years to come. As you move forward with installing your hot tub, here are 5 things to consider for optimizing the hot tub experience.
1. Indoor vs. Outdoor. Deciding where you want your hot tub is critical in understanding what structural concerns need to be considered. For indoor spas, choose an area that can support the weight of a filled spa and the occupants inside it--such as the ground floor. In some cases, a small 2 person spa may be installed on upper floors. If this is an option you are contemplating, consult a licensed engineer to advise you on what would be the best option and to confirm the area is structurally sound.
If you choose to place your spa outdoors, you will want to consider choosing an area that isn't in direct or prolonged sunlight; which can damage your spa. In addition to placing your hot tub in an area away from excess water, such as exposure to sprinklers, take some time to research local and national codes for fencing and other childproofing requirements for around the spa.
2. Foundation. Once you've decided if your spa will be indoors or outdoors, it is important to ensure the foundation is structurally sound and level. A structurally sound flat surface that is reasonably level, with no more than a ½" slope per 8" run, can be an excellent foundation to help support your spa as long as you confirm there are no dips or sags.
If you decide not to place your spa on an existing patio, you can construct a secure spot to place your hot tub with concrete pads, pavers, bricks, compacted pea gravel or crushed rock. If you decide on a concrete pad, make sure the foundation is at least 4 inches thick, enforced by rebar or mesh, and is attached to bond wire for electrical grounding purposes.
3. Aesthetics. Take some time to incorporate color and texture around your spa to have it blend in with your backyard landscaping. By adding planters, colorful chairs, or an umbrella, these little additions can help to soften the hard edges of a hot tub and make it blend in with its surroundings.
If you are not sure what to do with your hot tub, aesthetically, use your hobbies to pull inspiration or hire a landscape architect to help you create your dream backyard escape.
4. Preparation. Before your spa is delivered, use the time to remove any obstacles or obstructions from the area and path where your spa will be placed. Once the hot tub is positioned where you want it, further installation procedures such as electrical wiring, filling, and chemical balancing will need to be completed. Bullfrog Spas recommends hiring a professional, licensed electrician to complete the installation because of the specific electrical and technical requirements involved.
5. Enjoyment. Once your hot tub has been properly installed, now is your time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the benefits associated with being a hot tub owner.
About the Author: Danielle Adams is a freelance writer who works with Bullfrogspas.com. When she's not writing, Danielle enjoys spending time doing yoga, exploring the world around her, and spending time with friends.