A hot tub is a fantastic way of relaxing from the comfort of your home. Choosing something like this takes a lot of time because they are complex machines that require quite a lot of detail before buying. They can also be very costly so you always need to ensure that every little detail has been taken into account. Once you’ve selected a spa and are waiting for it to arrive, it can be a very exciting time for the entire family. However, this excitement often makes you forget about the next step – the entire set up process. Due to the complexity associated with hot tubs, the set up and process of assembly can be extremely tricky. This means that you need to spend a little bit of time in finding out how to do this the right way. It would definitely be a good idea if you tried to gather a little bit of information while you are waiting for the hot tub to arrive.
The entire set up process can really depend on what kind of hot tub you are getting. It could be an inflatable hot tub or a proper full-size spa that will require proper professional installation. In the latter case, it is possible that you may need to get a building permit if you are getting it installed outside in your backyard. It would definitely be a good idea to get this confirmed before you buy your hot tub.
I’m sure that you’ve chosen a place for your hot tub already and this is a must before buying the spa. However, there are lots of different regulations that you should have looked at too. If you haven’t done this already, it would be a good idea to do it now. This will usually differ between cities and you should be able to find the information through the building code. This should provide information like how far the tub must be placed from power lines and the property line.
If you have gone for an inflatable spa then this should be relatively simple to set up. However, a proper hot tub will need the site of assembly to be prepared beforehand. The first thing to do is to set up a good foundation on the surface because if you don’t do this then you might just end up damaging the tub. The worst part about this is that this kind of damage will void the warranty that is provided with the tub. This means that you need to be very careful on how you do this. You can either use concrete for the foundation or use spa pads. I would probably recommend that you consult a professional for carrying out this task. If you are planning on doing it yourself then it might be a good idea to do a little bit of research on this specific building task.
You can always build a deck or have it built by a pro. The important thing is that placing a hot tub on a deck is complicated so you will definitely need to consult someone for professional advice so that this is done the right way. The plumbing aspect won’t be an issue because most tubs these days come with these features. However, the wiring and electric side of things need to be sorted before you can get the tub up and running. Again, you will need the assistance of an electrician to be able to do this properly because this task might be dangerous.
Once the hot tub is delivered, you can start the assembly process. An inflatable tub is easy because it can easily be inflated with the tools that are included. It is important to read these instructions properly before starting this process. However, when it comes to a proper tub, you can easily get this placed at the right spot with a few helping hands because it is likely that the tub will be very heavy. Following this, you’ll need to add a breaker to the electric control box. Again, this is an area of expertise of the electrician so it might be best to consult someone who has that knowledge.
At this point, the tub should be hooked up to the electricity and you should be almost ready to start relaxing in your hot tub. But before you can do this, the first thing you need to do is to turn off the electricity completely. Then you should clean up the interior and ensure that all of the features like the jets remain intact and ready to use. At this point, the air valves should also be opened. Now, you should be ready to use the hot tub so you can use the garden hose to fill the tub with water. Then you can turn the electricity on again and begin heating the water up. Once this has been completed, you also need to think about sanitizing the tub and using the appropriate chemicals like Chlorine or Bromine.
The process is usually complicated and if you are in any doubt then you should definitely consult a professional. This is extremely important for the electrical wiring side of things because wiring it incorrectly can not only void the warranty but can also be dangerous. Hiring a proper licensed contractor would probably be the best bet and if you are breaking the bank for a high quality hot tub then you might as well get the installation done properly.