Hot tubs are an excellent way to relax and unwind after a stressful day. Inflatable hot tubs are incredibly easy to install yourself as they simply need blowing up, however it’s also relatively straight forward to have a non-inflatable hot tub installed in your garden if you know what you’re doing. This guide will outline the basic process of installing and setting up a hot tub.
Step 1 – Checking Planning Restrictions
Normally you will not require any planning permission to install a hot tub in your garden. However its important to check local planning laws to make sure. If you are intending to put the hot tub in a permanent structure then you might also need planning permission for this. This includes log cabins and some summer houses.
Step 2 – Location
Decide on the best location in your garden for your hot tub. This may depend on building regulations, so it’s worth checking out. Also ensre that you have plenty of space to comfortably get in and out of the spa.
Step 3 – Foundations
A hot tub can weigh over one tonne when filled with water. For this reason it must be installed on a firm level surface which is prepared correcty. A concrete pad arund 7-10cm deep should be sufficient to prevent the hot tub from sinking over time. There are also prefabricated concrete slabs which can be used as an easier option.
If you plan to install your tub in a log cabin or on decking then its best to seek specialist advce. A deck can be constructed to take the weight of a hot tub, but not all can hold it.
Step 4 – Fitting the Tub
Next is the most exciting step, where you physically install the hot tub. Most tubs are copletely self contained in one unit. However they are very heavy and need moving into position. Its worth finding out whether the delivery driver will be able to help you move the tub becore the day of delivery. If not you have enough time to make alternative arrangements.
Step 5 – Wiring
Most modern hot tubs simply recirculate water using their own pumps. This means that normally additional plumbing is not necessary. However, you do need power for heating and running the pumps. Check the instructions to find out how many amps is required. A hot tub will need a dedicated connection to your consumer unit. This will provide the best protection against electric shocks. If you have any doubts or concerns then it might be better to hire an electrician to wire the hot tub up for peace of mind.
Step 6 – Filling
Now fill the hot tub up with tap water. This can take some time since they hold a lot of water. When filed it will take quite a while for the water to heat up to the right temperature the first time you use it.
Step 7 – Enjoying
Now the only thing left to do is relax and enjoy your brand new hot tub.