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Without a doubt, a hot tub is one of the most relaxing additions to your house. Many homeowners shy away from a hot tub installation, thinking that the process is tricky with complex systems. But, that’s not completely true. Today, modern hot tubs are usually self-contained — involving almost no plumbing during the setup.
That being said, installing a hot tub requires proper planning, budget allocation, preparation in terms of construction on the site, electrical panel upgrading, and compliance with city codes.
Let’s look at some of the most important facts that you need to know for perfect hot tub installation. First, we’ll begin with the pricing.
A standard hot tub for two people costs around $4,000. A mid-range hot tub — for three to four persons — would cost you approximately $3,500 to $8,000, while a six-person tub will set you back by $8,000, or even more.
The amount would depend upon the total size and features such as the number of jets, automatic shut-off, locking cover, etc.
The ideal size we feel is mid-range, i.e, 5’x6′ and 30′ deep. If you want to opt for a bigger hot tub, be aware that when full with water, it will weigh more than two tons. That, without anyone seated in it!
Whichever model you choose, we strongly recommend professional hot tub installation. Generally, dealers provide installation service at 5 or 10% of the product cost.
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When in doubt, contact a professional.
Many hot tub purchasers opt to install one in their backyard. More convenient. More private. Do check your city’s building code. It generally requires at least 5 feet (1.5 m) of clearance between your home and your property line.
Always remember: WATER AND ELECTRICITY SHOULD NOT MIX. Keep the tub at least 10 feet away from any overhead power lines and 5 feet away from the spa panel.
Make sure the spot you choose is large enough for the hot tub — plus, has some extra space for getting in and out. Allot approximately 10 feet by 10 feet for a mid-range one.
If you want to place your tub on a deck, check first with a general contractor. He will tell you whether your deck will be able to support the additional weight. A large hot tub can easily weigh it down. You don’t want to damage your deck or tub, do you?
Wherever you decide to place your tub, create a direct route for the power to reach it.
As mentioned earlier, you need to follow your city’s codes — even when it comes to using certain types of conduits. Talk to your local building department. They will help you decide if it’s better that the conduit runs under or above ground.
You must have an extra hard-wired circuit dedicated to the electrical on the tub. A 240V, 50-Amp GFCI is a popular choice.
Since the voltage of a hot tub ( 240 volts) is much more than regular home outlets, you will need to install a breaker for your electric control box. We repeat, it’s best to call an electrician.
Hydrotherapy is not a new phenomenon; it goes back thousands of years. Research supports the study that a good hot tub spa relieves joint pain relief, increases blood flow, and helps you sleep better. And, it’s the most relaxing activity.
So, if you’re contemplating a home improvement anytime soon, do go for a hot tub. It will make a world of difference to your health and mood.