Hot Tubs, Swim Spas, Service, and Maintenance

What To Consider When Installing A Hot Tub?

By , October 23, 2023

Relaxing in your own personal spa or hot tub can be the best way to end a busy day. However, before you set up your new spa, here are some installation tips you may want to consider.

 
Permit Requirements 

Some homeowners’ associations (HOAs) or zoning officials may have specific regulations about where you can install spas in outdoor spaces, so make sure to check before installing.  
Also, local building officials may require you to secure a permit. During this process, you may be asked about the location you are considering installing it in, the foundation of your space, and a few electrical supply questions. However, if you only need an electrical permit, according to your local regulations, electricians will usually pull this and include it in their own fee.

Placement

Most factors to consider when installing a new hot tub or spa relate to its placement. 

Foundation 

Hot tubs and spas are heavy! You will need to find a place with a solid foundation since spas can weigh thousands of pounds once filled with water and people. It is common for damage caused by the faulty foundation is not covered under your spa's warranty.

Space 

You will want ample space for both your regular use of the spa and maintenance. The typical recommendation is to leave a minimum of 30 inches around the perimeter of your tub to account for maintenance needs.

Plumbing and Electrical Supply 

Your new hot tub may be filled with an outside tap source hose. 

Hot tubs may need to be wired by an electrician into a clear power supply that does not have other devices or lights connected to it if your tub has a 220v connection. If the power supply is more than ten feet away from the spa, it will have to be hardwired. The electrician will also have to adapt your breaker box. 

Privacy and Safety 

To make the most of the relaxation benefits from your new hot tub, choose a spot with a barrier from the sights and sounds of the surrounding home.

 In terms of safety, extra fences or child-proof locks on existing gates can help deter kids or animals from entering unsupervised.