6 Things to Consider When Planning a Hot Tub Installation


These days, owning a hot tub is considered by many to be a necessity more than a luxury.

Because of the physical, mental and emotional benefits soaking in a hot tub daily provides, it just might become your new best friend.

While hot tub installation is a straightforward and generally simple process, there are a few things you need to know as you prepare for your new hot tub.

We’ve outlined six things you should consider when having a hot tub installed.

1. Placement

Choosing that perfect spot for your new hot tub may not be as simple as you think. When it comes to hot tub placement, there are a few things you need to consider.

You’ve probably already decided whether you’ll be installing your hot tub inside or outside. Hopefully, you made this decision before choosing your hot tub model, as indoor installations can be trickier and may require more work to meet engineering and safety requirements.

If you plan on installing your hot tub indoors, you’ll have to take extra steps to ensure adequate ventilation. Exhaust fans will have to be installed to circulate air around the hot tub and control humidity. Too much moisture can damage your home’s walls and flooring. 

2. Electrical Supply

Your hot tub will need to be hardwired to a dedicated power supply that has no other lights or appliances connected to it. Your hot tub configuration requirements will be determined by the model you choose.

A skilled and qualified electrician will need to install the power supply and adapt your breaker box. 

3. Space

There must be enough room not just for movement or getting in and out of your tub, but also for maintenance. You’ll need to choose a location that allows for easy access to the inner workings of the hot tub.

We recommend leaving at least 30 inches around all sides and back panels of the hot tub.

4. Privacy

Most people want their hot tub to be a relaxing escape. It may be hard to unwind with your neighbor’s 5-year-old making faces at you from their upstairs window. Choose an area of your yard that offers some barriers (built or natural) from the sounds and views of surrounding homes.

Common choices are arbors and hedges. Just keep in mind that overhanging vegetation can be a nuisance when it falls into your hot tub.

5. Safety

Plan for additional fencing or safety locks on gates to keep local kids and small animals from wandering in. Covering your hot tub not only improves safety but also helps keep your water hot and water clear.

6. Foundation

Your hot tub must be placed on the leveled ground with a strong foundation. An inadequate foundation may pose a safety hazard and can damage the hot tub. Damage caused by inadequate foundations may not be covered by a warranty.

Quick Tip: Don’t Forget About Local Permits and Regulations

Not all cities require building permits when installing hot tubs in a backyard. However, it is best to check with your local government and comply when necessary. Our hot tub experts can help familiarize you with local codes and ordinances that may have an effect on the installation process as well as any permitting required.

You may also have to follow certain rules when choosing a location, such as the space between your home and your hot tub clearance from overhead power lines and the spa panel.

Your Huntsville Hot Tub Experts

Choosing the right place for your hot tub is a big decision to make. Taking the time in selecting the perfect spot that provides adequate support, shelter, and access is important to ensure that your new space is the backyard oasis that you want it to be.

Give the hot tub experts at Johnson Pools & Spas a call or stop by our hot tub showroom in Huntsville today to choose the best model for your needs. 

About the Company

Since 1977, Johnson Pools & Spas has been providing Huntsville, Madison, Decatur, and the surrounding areas with all of its pool, spa, and outdoor living needs. From inground pool design and construction to hot tub installation, pool and spa service & maintenance, pool renovation and much more, our certified pool and spa professionals have the experience and knowledge to create and care for gorgeous poolscapes throughout the area. 

In addition to the best pool and hot tub chemicals, Johnson Pools & Spas also carries energy-efficient equipment, patio furniture, grills, Big Green Egg, and more. We offer FREE computerized water testing and expert advice for the easiest water care possible. Stop by our Huntsville pool supply store today for all of your pool and hot tub care needs. 

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