Things To Consider When Installing A Hot Tub

Posted on: 18 October 2016

If you've been wanting to put in a hot tub on your property but don't have a lot of space, you need to maximize the area that you do have. A little bit of advanced planning, some careful landscaping, and investment in the right accessories can make a big difference in the final results. Before you place that hot tub only to find yourself disappointed in its placement, these are some of the things you should think about.

Evaluate Your Existing Landscape

Whether you're placing the hot tub on a patio, deck, or in a backyard, you should take time to look at the existing landscape to see where it would fit the best. Consider not only the view you'd have from the tub, but also the privacy the landscaping affords you.

In addition, you'll want to be sure that the area where you're putting it is perfectly level. You may even need to have an excavation crew come out to dig the space and level it with filler. Create a raised garden area around the hot tub for a more cohesive look, as building the garden will allow you to level the space out with a purpose.

Look For A Power Source

It's equally important that wherever you put the hot tub has easy access to a power source. You'll need power for the heater, the filters, and the jets. If you don't have easy access to a power source, you'll want to work with an electrician to help you run a new circuit outside for you. You should also position the tub so that you can easily access the electrical panel in case you need it for service or troubleshooting.

Create Foliage Boundaries

After the tub is in place, it's time to start adjusting your landscaping to create some boundaries around the area. You can use things like tall, thick shrubs or even small decorative trees to form a barrier. The key is to make the whole space appear more natural, more inviting, and more relaxing.

If you prefer a more solid structure, install some fence material and then cover it with climbing vines or other cover growth. That forms the natural barrier that softens the space while still offering you the stability of a solid fence behind it.

For patio spaces, you can put the boundary a few feet off the edge of the patio. That way, you aren't enclosing the space too tightly. Consider hanging some flower boxes from the windows around the hot tub, then fill them with flowing, vine-like plants that flower in large, colorful blooms. Plants like bergenia are great for full-year growth.

Invest In The Right Accessories

If you're going to put a hot tub in, you need to take proper care of it. That means investing in the right accessories from the start. For example, a hot tub cover is one of the most important things you can buy.

Look for a hard cover because that will help you to insulate the tub, holding the heat in the water. This saves you from the excess energy costs associated with retaining heat in the water. The cover should also seal tightly around the edges of the tub so you don't let any cold air seep in.

Apply a protectant product to the cover to protect it from the wear and tear that the sun's ultraviolet rays can cause. This also minimizes the maintenance required to keep it in good condition.

Whether you're looking for a hot tub for medical purposes or just recreation, you need to keep it stable, secure, and protected. With these tips and the help of a hot tub installation company, you can do just that.