So, you saw our great prices on new hot tubs, and unless this latest hot tub is a replacement spa, you’re wondering what’s involved in spa or hot tub installation.
Whether you install one of our Plug & Play 120V hot tubs, or possibly a full featured premium spa running on 4-wire 240V, requiring an electrician, you’ll should plan a couple things beforehand of receiving the new hot tub.
There are a couple of types of fencing needed, safety fencing, to keep people and animals out, and privy fencing in order to keep out prying eyes.
For safety fencing – in many localities, a spa is by the same or similar fencing rules as correspond to swimming pools, to indicate public safety. Generally, a hot tub hanging out at a fenced-in backyard fine. There might not be an inspection of a given fence often, nonetheless required nonetheless.
Privy fencing provides privacy, also a consideration while installing a hot tub, and also blocks the wind, which can then cool the hot tub water, and offer you a chill while soaking. Frame your hot tub with large plants, plus a 2 sided lattice fencing, or a pergola or cabana installed around the tub. Outdoor roll-up shades may also be popular.
A convenient location is suitable, close to the door. The area should really be clean as well as dry (never muddy), and close to power and water. Shield the hot tub from just as much sun, wind and rain as you are able to, and write down care that storm waters are going to drain away from the spa.
The surface supporting the spa ought to be solid, when full with water, a 6 person hot tub can weigh not far away from two tons! No wooden decks as well as no balconies. A level, 4 inch slab of steel mesh reinforced concrete, abreast of 4″ of gravel is sufficient often times.
Our hot tub ownership can be sunk into your deck when proper load-bearing support is made to contain 75 kls per square foot. Finally, consider view – both the view of the spa beginning with the house plus the view that you’ll have whilst in the spa.
Moving a Spa
When the tub is delivered for your home, it won’t go any longer compared to the driveway. From that point on, you will need to determine the shortest and safest path to the hot tub placement location. Professional spa movers try using a Spa Kart to maneuver spas across lawns, over steps or into tight locations within the home. Check for local spa movers or rental shops and get a solution, others even rent Spa Karts. Over smooth concrete it’s easy, though when the surface gets rough and uneven, you’ll need something with big tires, to aid a spa of 400-600 lbs, along with straps and several hands that will help.
120V Spas: Most of rotomold hot tubs are plug and play; 120V spas that plug into a customary, dedicated outlet. Dedicated signifies that little else operates for that circuit. Plug the GFCI cord into your weatherproof 120V outlet (not GFCI), going on a 15 or 20 amp breaker. The outlet should be between 5 and 10 feet that are caused by the hot tub cabinet, and no extension cords. 120V spas use less volts because they have smaller pumps and heaters, and few additional features.
240V Hot Tubs: Larger spas with 4-5 hp pumps and very high wattage heaters necessitate a 6 AWG, 4-wire 240V service onto the spa, throughout the dedicated 40-60 amp breaker, with the use of a cut-off switch or sub-panel, together with other requirements, adhering to the local electrical codes. They will not turn on as a washer or dryer, but use 4 wires inside PVC conduit, with the last few feet of flexible conduit carrying the wires directly in through the cabinet and connecting to the spa pack.
Wiring a spa with 240V is not just a recommended DIY project. A permit and an inspection is necessary in most areas, so it’s a good idea to make contact with a local electrician who is familiar with the actual procedure of wiring spas and hot tub ownership. In most cases, hard-wiring a spa towards the home main breaker, and installing a power cut-off near your hot tub serves as a $500-$900 job, dependent upon the length of the run from the breaker panel onto the hot tub, and the route it has to travel.
Filling a Spa
When the wiring and inspections are carried out, you’ll be able to fill the hot tub, insert the spa filter cartridge.
When you initially fill an empty spa, and sometimes while you drain and refill the spa later, and air lock will occur within the pump, and prohibit the pump from catching prime. Alternatively to running the pump without water, which can then damage the seals, loosen the union nut before, or on top of the hot tub pump adequate to make the air escape, and permit of the water submit the pump. When water begins dripping around your union, tightly up all unions tightly. Uncover all gate valves within the system, and now you are prepared to begin filtering, heating and chemically treating the new hot tub!
Enjoying your New Spa
That’s a key benefit, in fact the working of choosing, ordering, receiving, moving, wiring, inspecting, filling…now you finally get to benefit from the fruits of all your hard work and money.
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