How To Install an Above Ground Hot Tub in Your Yard

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The hot tub market will experience a growth rate of 5% between 2020 and 2024. Most estimates put the market at gaining over $739.54 million during this period.

Relaxing in above-ground hot tubs is a great way to relax. You had a long day at work, your body is sore, and a long soak in heated water is all you crave.

However, there's a lot of factors you'll need to take into consideration before you decide on getting a hot tub. You'll need to learn the difference between above-ground spas and above-ground hot tubs. You will also need to look at the different types of hot tubs and types of spas.

From there, if you've settled on an above-ground hot tub, you need to know the essential steps to installation. If you're looking to learn how to install an in-ground hot tub, be aware that the steps for that are different and won't apply to this article. Keep reading to learn more about how to set up an above-ground hot tub!

Make Sure the Location Is Accessible and Safe

When you order a hot tub, a delivery crew will, in most cases, be responsible for bringing it to your home. They have to position the hot tub onto its side on a cart to roll it into your backyard. All of this means they need to be able to reach an accessible spot with ease.

Keeping accessibility in mind, you need to ensure that you can still reach the equipment panel. This is an important part of the hot tub and you'll run into problems if it's positioned in such a way that it can't be reached.

Also, be sure that your hot tub isn't within 10 feet of any overhead power lines. Water and electricity are a dangerous combination. You could endanger the lives of your family, guests, and yourself if your hot tub is close enough for someone to touch a power line while in the water.

Use a Solid Surface

The last thing you want to have happened is for your above-ground hot tub to sink into the ground.

Portable hot tubs are heavy. If they're placed on soft ground that turns muddy when it rains, your hot tub will sink by several inches. This will cause your hot tub to not be level and can interfere with water levels and even heating of the water.

For the best results, you want your hot tub installed on a level concrete pad. Or it can be a part of a deck. This ensures that the hot tub can support the weight of its frame, the water, and any occupants.

However, there are many different models of above-ground spas. For example, there are the Beachcomber hot tubs and Bradford spas. Certain models may not require a concrete pad.

Sometimes, you can use a level pad that's made from stone pavers. Other options include a composite slab made from wood and gravel or a pad created from heavy-duty plastic.

When looking at various hot tub models, you should be sure to research the foundation requirements.

Know the Electrical Requirements

Various models will have different requirements for electricity. Most hot tubs require either 110V or 220V.

A 110V is sometimes called a "plug-and-play" model. This is because in most cases you will be able to plug the hot tub into a normal electrical outlet in your backyard.

With a 220V model, you will probably need to hire a certified electrician. They can help make sure you have enough electricity available to power the hot tub.

In addition, the electrician will need to run wires between the hot tub and an electrical panel.

Fill Your Hot Tub and Enjoy

You might be thinking you need special plumbing installed for your above-ground hot tub, but that isn't true! A portable hot tub that is above ground is meant to be self-contained.

After you have your above-ground spa installed, the last most important step is filling it with water. You can utilize a simple garden hose to accomplish this.

The water will circulate through the internal plumbing and filtration system of the hot tub. After it has finished filling, you're all set to turn the hot tub on and enjoy a nice, heated soak!

Maintenance care of your hot tub is a simple process. While it depends on how often you use the hot tub and what your water care looks like, you shouldn't have to empty the hot tub more than a few times each year. Draining the hot tub is as simple as unplugging a drain stopper near the bottom to let the water flow out.

Why Should You Get a Hot Tub?

Aside from helping you relax after a stressful day, hot tubs offer a variety of health benefits.

For one, soaking in a hot tub for several minutes each day can help with muscle relaxation. The hot water and jets combine to create a massaging effect that can soothe sore muscles. This has proven to help ease body pain.

Hot tubs are also shown to help improve sleep. There have been studies that show that a soak in a hot tub is able to help people suffering from insomnia have a more restful sleep.

Better cardiovascular health is also tied to relaxing in a hot tub. It has been shown to be able to lower your blood pressure while raising your heart rate.

Last, using a hot tub may also be a way to burn calories. One study showed that soaking in a hot tub for an hour equated to the same amount of calories being burned from a 30-minute walk.

Choose from Our Above Ground Spas Selection

At Dell Landscaping, we offer a wonderful variety of above-ground spas for you to choose from. We're a professional contractor you can trust to build and install a top-notch hot tub or spa to help spruce up your backyard.

If you live in New Jersey and would like a hot tub or spa, contact us today!

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