Your hot tub has been engineered for installation on any firm level surface. While a concrete slab is the best for long-term use, other solid foundations are acceptable. Other suggestions include Pea Gravel or crushed rock, railroad ties, or pre-cast stepping-stones.
As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to provide a suitable, level foundation for your hot tub since most delivery crews are not equipped to level or prepare sites.
Keep in mind that placing the hot tub on grass or dirt may increase the amount of debris that is inadvertently brought into the hot tub water on users’ feet.
Your hot tub dealer will advise you of the total amperage draw for your spa so that this can be communicated to the electrician (if this is not the dealer) who will be preparing the electrical connection to the hot tub so that the appropriate GFCI/breaker can be installed. The maximum amperage draw for the hot tub is listed on the metal ownership plate attached to the base of the spa.
Hot tubs are pressure tested for leaks at the factory. However before doing a permanent installation, such as cementing it into the ground or installing it in a room, we recommend running the hot tub with water to ensure that there are no leaks and that the equipment is working properly.
If your hot tub is to be mounted below ground level, ensure there is sufficient drainage for rainwater runoff and equipment access.
Outdoor Ground Level Installation
It is critical that the hot tub have a solid foundation for support. We recommend placing patio stones or concrete slabs underneath, spaced out evenly. The stones should be at least two inches thick and twelve inches square. Even with stones in place, the spa can possibly settle and become uneven, and may require re-leveling over time.
You must know the deck’s maximum load capacity to be certain your deck can support your hot tub. Consult a qualified building contractor or structural engineer.
Flooring materials must provide a good grip when wet. Proper drainage is essential to prevent a build-up of water around the hot tub. A floor drain is recommended. An architect can help to determine if more ventilation must be installed in the room. Your hot tub Dealer can help you with local information such as zoning regulations and building codes. If the installation is to be below ground, always water test the installation prior to permanently enclosing it to ensure that no leaks are present.
A simple gravel filled 2x4 frame.
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