Prepping Your Home for a Hot Tub
Now that you’ve finally decided to spring for a hot tub, all of your family and friends are excited. After all, you’re not the only one who benefits!
But, before you bust out the party favors and buy your new bikini, it’s time to take care of some practical details. Taking a few steps to plan for your hot tub delivery and installation will go a long way towards making the whole process much smoother.
Plumbing & Electrical Hookups
You’ll probably be glad to learn that most modern spas don’t need plumbing hookups. Rather, you can drain them manually and fill them up simply using a garden hose. However, the electrical burden can be high, and so it’s highly recommended that you get professional installation done in order to ensure that your hot tub will be well-powered and won’t interrupt the power supply in your house. Remember that for many spas, the warranty is void if you don’t get professional installation done.
Deciding on Placement
There are a few things you’ll want to consider as you’re choosing a spot for your hot tub. First of all, you need to make sure that your hot tub is well-supported. A full hot tub will weigh from 1,000-3,000 pounds, depending on the size and model. There’s the hot tub itself, all the water it contains, and of course, the people inside. So, your most important consideration is making sure that whatever surface you place it on is sturdy enough to handle the load. Therefore, if you’re planning on placing your new spa on a deck or porch, it might be wise to enlist a contractor’s help to make sure that the deck can bear the weight.
Secondly, choose a spot in your yard that gives you a good level of privacy. It will also have to be a certain distance from power lines and from your house’s electrical breaker.
Lastly, consider the size of the space itself. Not only does it need to be large enough for the tub, but there should also be room to get in and out, room to clean around it, and room to do any repairs and maintenance that are necessary.
Check your city’s requirements on hot tubs. Most in Utah don’t have them spelled out, but some cities require building permits and placement standards. This might include how you protect your hot tub to keep kids from getting in unsupervised, or where you place your hot tub.
When you prepare for delivery itself, you’ll want to check the pathway to the location and make sure that it’s free from any impediments. If there are tree branches in the way, trim them back. If there are trash cans there usually, make sure they’re moved on the day of delivery. This will make our job much easier, and get your hot tub ready to go much quicker.
Accessories and Environs
Many people like to have a deck built around their hot tub that will making getting in and out easier, and make the overall effect more aesthetically pleasing. It can be the difference between a luxury, four-star experience and a simple tub in your backyard. So, if you are planning to do any building around your tub, factor that in before placement so that we can take note of access points for cleaning and maintenance.