Rules To Follow When Building a Hot Tub Foundation and Its Placement
Have you just purchased a hot tub? Congratulations! You are on your way to a lifetime of enjoyment. However, you need to know the rules for the hot tub foundation and placement.
Perhaps, you are wondering how level a hot tub needs to be. Maybe you are also wondering about hot tub base preparation. Here are the answers you seek.
Hot Tub Basics
First, you need to think about where you will place the hot tub once you get it. Many people who live in Pennsylvania put hot tubs close to their back doors. That way, they do not have to run through snow and ice to get to their hot tubs. You will not use your hot tub as often if you have to freeze for 30 yards to get there.
You also need to think about what you are using the hot tub for. Are you going to have a lot of people use the hot tub? Then, you may need to put it in a different space than you would for personal use only.
Wherever you put your hot tub, you need to make sure that you have access to the service compartment. You may not need the compartment often. However, if you do, you must be able to get to it. You also need to think about how much sun you want to get. Choose a place that offers some shade.
Hot Tub Foundations
So what about the hot tub foundation?
Can you put a hot tub on gravel? How level does a hot tub need to be? These are essential questions to consider if you are buying a hot tub. Your hot tub needs to sit on level ground. It is necessary for the mechanics of the hot tub itself.
What if the spot where you want to put the hot tub is not level? Do not fret. You do have some options. You may want to try to level the area out by using construction gravel. If you choose to use gravel, you need to top it off with another layer of pea-sized gravel. That way, your hot tub will be even.
Concrete Base for Hot Tub
The most common base for a hot tub is a concrete base. Concrete bases give the hot tub stability. They also provide an excellent platform for you to use when climbing in and out. Many concrete platforms also have gravel around them for extra stability. Some people place gravel inside the base as well.
Many hot tubs, especially the larger hot tubs, need a concrete base to bear the weight of multiple people. If your hot tub is large, it will be heavy, so the foundation needs to be sturdy. In some cases, you can use hot tub base pavers. However, you will need to have a solid concrete base first. If you have a porch made of concrete, you may want to install pavers.
Other Tips for Installing a Hot Tub
If you’re installing a hot tub indoors, remember a room with a hot tub is going to be more humid. You may also want to install a hot tub in an area with ceiling fans. If you’re installing a hot tub in a gazebo, make sure you have a ceiling fan above the hot tub.
Are you thinking about getting a hot tub? Need to learn more about the hot tub foundation and placement? We can help. Contact Skovish Pools and Spas. You can find us in two locations: Lucerne, PA, and Shickshinny, PA. We would love to talk to you about getting a new hot tub for the winter season. Give us a call today.
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