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How to Install an Outdoor Hot Tub

A hot tub provides warm water therapy that makes the installation of one worthwhile even though it may seems a bit challenging. Significant preparation is necessary in order to coordinate a successful installation, which should begin with knowing the actual dimensions of the hot tub you plan to install. Allocating the proper space and selecting the desired view are two of the details that will affect your decision for a long time to come.

  1. Step 1

    Plan your installation carefully, including the entire trip from showroom to final hot tub placement. Select the easiest route on your property, making note of tight turns or obstacles requiring lift to get over or around.

  2. Step 2

    Prepare a level surface able to support 100-pounds per square foot. Concrete or reinforced decking material is necessary equipped with both drainage and water access.

  3. Step 3

    Pre-install 220-volt, 50-amp electric service attached to a ground fault interrupt circuit more than 5-feet from the tub. The certified electrician should have the cable prepped and ready for final hook up.

  4. Step 4

    Use a flatbed truck capable of supporting the weight and dimensions of the hot tub and drive it as close to the installation site as possible.

  5. Step 5

    Arrange to have eight or nine strong people on hand for a short period, to off load the spa and transport it by hand the rest of the way. Once it is in place, the extra people can leave.

  6. Step 6

    Connect all pumps, hoses, cut-off valves and any other connection peculiar to that particular hot tub model.

  7. Step 7

    Fill the hot tub with a garden hose using cold water until reaching the fill line.

  8. Step 8

    Instruct the electrician to hook up the electric service and then follow manufacturer instructions on initial startup of that particular model.

  9. Step 9

    Try all jets, pumps, lights and features to determine if all are working correctly. Set the thermostat to 100 degrees and make sure the heater works.

  10. Step 10

    Treat the hot tub chemically and place the hot tub cover on the tub to retain the heat until you reach the desired temperature. Save all paperwork, such as instructions , warranty card and model information regarding this hot tub.