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Hot tubs captured the fascination of the American people around the 1940s, and since then they have been a rage in our gardens and backyards. Be it for hydrotherapy, enjoyment, or just plain relaxation, nothing compares to the joy of having a hot tub within the boundaries of your own property that you can enjoy in any weather, at any time you feel like.
So if you’re considering purchasing a hot tub yourself, here’s an easy guide to hot tub installation to help you get started.
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 of 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.
There are two main types of hot tubs or jacuzzis as they’re popularly called. Here are some key points that you need to know about both of them.
Portable hot tubs seem to be a more popular choice than in-ground ones. Let’s take a look at why.
The average cost of hiring professionals to install a hot tub is between $150 and $512, so you might as well hire professionals to do the heavy lifting for you. However, even if you do choose to do it yourself, the process remains the same.
To start with, consult a local building code expert. Find out if your building codes and electrical codes require you to apply for any building permits before you buy your hot tub.
For example, local codes in some areas specify that if your tub is over 5000 gallons of capacity, you will most likely need a permit.
Choose an accessible location for your hot tub in your garden or backyard. By accessible, we mean an area that allows you easy access from your home, as well as an area that your hot tub can be wheeled into on a trolley when it gets delivered.
Ideally, you need to have an entryway to your backyard that is as wide as your hot tub is tall, so it can be brought in easily. Clearing the pathway of any pots, plants, pets and anything else that might get in the way of a smooth delivery is advisable. Make sure you have sufficient space overhead as well.
In case your tub cannot be delivered the easy way, your dealer will be able to get a crane to lift it over your roof and set it down in your backyard.
Hot tubs require a solid and stable mounting surface to be installed on. While reinforced decks and concrete pads are fairly popular hot tub mounts, a level pad made of wood and gravel, heavy-duty plastic, or stone pavers will work just as well.
Your hot tub dealer will be able to tell you what the best spa pad for your hot tub will be based on the model and type you buy.
Most hot tubs have one of two specific electrical requirements. They either run on 110 volts or 220 volts.
The 110 volts models are usually plug and play. This means that you can plug your hot tub into an electrical outlet and you’re good to go.
The 220 volts ones are more expensive because they heat your water faster and are better suited for use in colder climates. Setting them up is a lot more complicated. So unless you have enough experience with electricals and circuit breaker boxes to make sure your wiring setup meets the standards that your city codes require, we’d suggest you hire a licensed electrician to set it up for you.
Your portable hot tub does not require any extra plumbing, so that ought to be a relief.
Filling your hot tub up with water only requires access to a garden hose and a tap. Most hot tub models come with their own plumbing and filtration systems, so draining your pool is not going to be a problem either.
Once you have your hot tub installed, sired, and set up, open the air valves and fill it up with water. Next, turn on the power and give the tub time to heat up.
Add the chemicals necessary to balance the water in the hot tub, test the water, and soak in! Your hot tub is ready for you to enjoy your hydrotherapy. All you need to do now is to plan your backyard landscaping to complement it.
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