The holiday fervor has subsided, and the unrelenting cold reality of winter is settling in. Many homeowners looking for a way to remain cozy and warm this season have started to think about a hot tub install to beat back the arctic air.
But there are some things to consider before slipping on your bathing trunks, grabbing a good book, and fixing a (non-alcoholic) beverage.
Your hot tub install is likely going to require the following four things:
- Easy access – When your hot tub is delivered, it will be wheeled on its side into position. In addition to a path clear of obstacles, the entry point into your back yard must be at least as wide as your hot tub of choice is tall. Otherwise, a crane will be required to hoist the hot tub over your home.
- Solid ground – Hot tubs can weigh thousands of pounds, and that’s before they’re filled with water and people. Stationing them on the lawn is unwise, as they will sink into the soil. Typically, hot tubs should be installed on a level concrete pad or a compacted foundation of crushed gravel or stone. They can also be installed on a reinforced deck, assuming it can withstand up to 100 pounds per square foot. Your outdoor design build contractor can help you select the best option for your hot tub or spa.
- A good jolt – Hot tubs are electric, and most models operate on either 110V or 220V. Models requiring the additional voltage should prompt a call to a certified electrician. He or she can scope out your property and ensure your hot tub install goes safely and smoothly.
- A permit – Depending on where you live, you may need to obtain a building permit for your hot tub install before any work can begin. Additionally, many cities and counties require homeowners to install barriers, such as gates and/or privacy fences, in residential neighborhoods. Make certain you’re aware of the regulations and codes in your area. Your contractor can help to keep you compliant.
Believe it or not, plumbing is not required for your hot tub install. Most modern tubs are self-contained, with circulation and filtration taking place within the cabinet. Just make sure your hot tub is placed within easy reach of a garden hose.
For safety purposes, it may be prudent to request an automatic shut-off, as well as a quality locking cover to prevent any unannounced visitors from partaking or curious kids from accidentally falling in.
Bainbridge Outdoor Design Build specializes in custom hot tub installation. We’ve been helping customers in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. area realize their bubbly backyard dreams for decades.
Are you ready to take the plunge? Give us a call at 703-296-8759.