It goes without saying that life can be a pretty hectic thing. With jobs, families, chores, pets, and hobbies, it can be a bit difficult to find some time to relax and take care of yourself. Some people choose to go to the spa for a day of relaxation, while others choose to create a relaxing environment in their very own home. If your life is getting a little overwhelming and you could use some high-quality rest and relaxation, then you might want to consider installing a relaxing hot tub on your property. Now, before we talk about how to properly install a hot tub, let’s take a few moments to talk about the health benefits of using a hot tub on a regular basis.
Benefits of Using a Hot Tub
Obviously, hot tubs can create a fun, relaxing environment for anyone that uses one, but did you know that it can actually help your body and your mind?
Range of Motion
The range of motion is the full movement potential of a joint. Unfortunately, as we age, we lose our range of motion. Luckily, hot tubs can help restore that range of motion because the warm water works to create hydrostatic pressure on the body, which is caused by the weight of the fluids. This can reduce the inflammation in the joints, which can eventually lead to a better range of motion. This is especially good for people who suffer from arthritis.
Life isn’t easy, and with high-stress jobs and active families, it can be difficult to keep up with the day to day business. Luckily, hot tubs can work wonders on anxiety and stress thanks to the warm water and massage jets. The combination of the two can relax your muscles enough for your mind to relax. The use of hot tubs to work through stress and anxiety is known as hydrotherapy.
While there are plenty of other benefits that come with owning a hot tub, you now have a general idea of what they’re capable of doing. Now that you understand why you should own a hot tub, it’s time to talk about how to install one in your home.
Preparing to Install a Hot Tub
Before you can get to the actual installation of the hot tub, there are a few minor things you have to take care of first.
1. Check for a Permit
The first thing you’ll need to do is check to see if your city requires you to get a building permit for your hot tub.
2. Find the Perfect Location
The first thing you want to do is look for a spot that’s large enough to accommodate your hot tub. You also want to make sure that there’s plenty of room for you to get in and out of the space when you need to perform maintenance on the hot tub. To be safe, it’s recommended that you provide 10 feet by 10 feet of space, but of course, this depends on the size of your hot tub. There are certain regulations that you may need to follow if you have to get a building permit. Make sure to check the building permit to see if a hot tub has to be a certain amount of feet from the house. You also need to make sure that there are no overhead electrical wires or phone lines around your hot tub. Obviously, water and electricity don’t mix.
3. Prep the Site
Hot tubs weigh thousands of pounds when they’re full of water, so you have to make sure that you have a solid foundation for the hot tub to sit on. Failing to provide a solid foundation could void the warranty on the hot tub if anything were to happen. Here are some helpful tips to give you an idea of how to make sure that your foundation is firm enough to hold the weight of a hot tub:
- Pour concrete into a 3- to 4-inch thick pad. While concrete may not be aesthetically pleasing, it will most certainly hold the weight of your hot tub.
- You could also choose to use a prefabricated spa pads. These pads contain interlocking grids that make the installation a lot smoother. Also, if you ever decide to relocate the hot tub then you just remove the grids. Unfortunately, spa pads may not provide as much support as concrete, so make sure you have a solid base to work with.
4. Contact a Professional
If you plan to put your hot tub on your already existing deck, or you plan on building one specifically for your new hot tub, then you might want to speak to a contractor to make sure that your deck will be able to provide the necessary support for the hot tub
5. Create a Route to Supply the Hot Tub with Electricity
Most hot tubs are self-contained, meaning you won’t have to worry about running any plumbing to the hot tub. But you will have to think about the electrical wiring. Make sure you check with your city to find out what kind of conduit you’re able to use for your hot tub.
Installing the Hot Tub
1. Plan Your Delivery
An empty hot tub weighs an incredible 800 pounds, so it’s important to figure out the easiest way to get it into your backyard. You want to make sure that the route you use is wide enough for the hot tub, and you want to clear the route of any foliage or structures that might get in the way. If you can’t clear the area, then you might want to look for another route.
2. Assemble the Hot Tub and Hook Up the Electricity
The voltage of a hot tub is typically higher than regular home outlets. Because of this, you will have to install a breaker to your electrical control box. If you’re not comfortable with working with electricity, or you’ve never done it before, then you might want to hire an electrician to get the job done for you.
3. Prepare the Hot Tub for Use
The great news is that you’re almost ready to use your brand new hot tub. To complete the installation, follow these steps and you’ll be well on your way to a relaxing massage in your hot tub:
- Turn off the electricity
- Clean the inside of the hot tub and make sure all jets and knobs are in the right places
- Open the air valves
- Fill the hot tub with water. You can use a garden hose or buckets of water from the inside of your house
Taking Care of the Electrical
1. It’s important for you to understand that the warranties may be voided if the electrical circuit isn’t installed by a professional.
2. If you choose to do the wiring yourself, make sure to keep the power on a single dedicated circuit because of its electrical demands.
3. Make sure all of the electrical specs are right. Once again, if you’re unsure of what you’re doing, then you should probably call in an electrician.
As you can see, it’s really not too difficult to install a brand new hot tub. As long as you know what you’re doing, then you can go ahead and complete the job on your own. If you don’t know what you’re doing, then you should most definitely call a professional. With that being said, enjoy your new hot tub and have an enjoyable time relaxing in your own backyard!