Installing a hot tub takes little time. For most homeowners, all the work comes before its delivery. Hot tubs need sturdy foundations and easy access to electricity. Moreover, some municipalities require permits that specify restrictions such as:
- The spa must clear the home and property line by at least five feet;
- The spa must be at least ten feet from overhead powerlines;
- The spa must sit at least five feet from the electric panel.
In addition to the bylaws, you must consider the proximity to your water source. If connected to the home, anything further than 50 feet will result in inadequate pressure. Likewise, if you must fill and drain your tub with a garden hose, it needs to be close to the bib.
Once filled with water, a hot tub weighs thousands of pounds. For this reason, all tubs need a concrete platform to keep level. If you plan on building a deck, it must be professionally constructed and certified to support such weight. Even still, some hot tubs are just too large for backyard decks and will need placing underneath.
The Electrical Components of a Hot Tub
For most hot tub installations, there is no plumbing involved. That said, you will need to deal with wires and electric panels. Because spas use outlets of 240 volts or more, you need to contract a professional electrician for this part of the installation. Such power is far too dangerous to tamper with.
After the electrician hooks up the spa, keep the power off a little while longer. You should first clean the jets and interior and open the air valves. Only once cleaned can you fill the tub with water and chemicals. Afterwards, flick the switch and wait for the water to heat!