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  • Hot Springs: The Original Hot Tubs

    Hot Springs: The Original Hot Tubs photo by Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons

    The inspiration for the hot tub is undoubtedly the natural hot spring. From time immemorial mankind has been soaking in hot springs for pleasure, for good health, and for religious reasons. It's no wonder that so many people want one located just outside their back door.

    What, Exactly, is a Hot Spring?

    Hot springs are created when geothermally heated groundwater seeps up from the Earth's crust. Geothermal heat is heat from the Earth's mantle: in general, the temperature of rocks in the earth increases the deeper you go. In non-volcanic areas, if water is deep enough in the crust it becomes heated by the rocks. Any that seeps up to the surface creates a hot spring. In volcanic areas, water may be heated when it comes into contact with molten rock. If it boils and builds up steam pressure, it erupts at the surface and we called it a geyser.

    What's So Hot About Hot Springs?

    Besides the obvious benefits for relaxation and cleanliness, people around the world and throughout history have believed that bathing in hot springs has therapeutic benefits. Here are just a few:

    • Blood circulation and cell oxygenation is increased, which helps dissolve and eliminate toxins from the body.
    • The body's temperature is increased, killing germs and viruses on and in the body.
    • Bathing repeatedly over a period of 3-4 weeks can normalize endocrine gland functions and autonomic nervous system function.
    • It increases metabolism and stimulates secretions in the intestinal tract and liver, which aids digestion.
    • It increases oxygen-rich blood flow throughout the body, which improves nourishment to vital organs and tissues.
    • Mineral springs have high amounts of negative ions, which encourage feelings of well-being physically and psychologically.
    • The body absorbs trace amounts of minerals such as carbon dioxide, lithium, sulfure, magnesium, and calcium. This provides healing to various organs, stimulates and enhances the immune system, encourages physical and mental relaxation, produces endorphins, and normalizes gland functions.
    • It improves joint mobility.
    • It can improve quality of sleep and can reduce incidents of insomnia.
    • It can lower blood pressure.
    • If the water is mineralized (especially if with sulfur), it can improve the effects of skin diseases such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and fungal infections.
    Hot Springs: The Original Hot Tubs
    photo by cgcolman / Pixabay

    Where Can I Find a Hot Spring?

    Hot springs can be found all over the world, but tend to be clustered around fault lines and areas of volcanic activity. For example, in the United States the majority of hot springs are located in the West. Check tourist websites for hot springs in your country. In the US, hot spring guides for every state are readily available on the Internet. Many springs are developed, while others are quite raw and natural. Some are on well-traveled tourist paths; others are only accessible to hikers.

    Some countries are famous for their hot springs, and some hot springs are more famous than others. Japan, the United States, Taiwan, and China (Pacific Rim countries) are particularly noted for their hot springs. However, some remarkable springs are located in Costa Rica, Iceland, and Iran.

    Here are a few remarkable springs:

    • Budapest, Hungary--The area under the city is rich with springs, feeding more than 50 public baths and pools, private spas, and even drinking fountains.
    • The Nine Hells of Beppu, Japan--These remarkable springs are very distinct from each other, and each has a unique name. For example, the White Pond Hell has water colored white by excess calcium. The most famous and photogenic is Blood Pond Hell, with waters colored red by ferrous minerals seeping up from the bottom of the pond.
    • Bath, England--Springs in this area of England have been in use as far back as 8000 BC. The Romans first constructed baths there in the first century.
    • Lake Hévíz, Hévíz, Hungary--This is the second largest thermal lake in the world, and it is believed that the waters of the lake are completely replenished each day.
    • Saturnia, Tuscany, Italy--This sulfurous spring features natural pools cut into the rock and a waterfall of hot water.

    Hot Spring Bathing Etiquette

    There are no firm rules on how to bathe in hot springs--they will vary greatly from area to area and by type of hot spring. Developed springs and private springs will generally have posted rules. Springs located in out-of-the way places accessible only by hikers will have no official rules, but there are still some basic manners you should practice to ensure the springs can be enjoyed by everyone.

    Some "rules" for bathing in hot springs:

    • Follow any posted rules.
    • Shower prior to entering the spring. This helps maintain the cleanliness of the water.
    • Do not use springs during your menstrual cycle.
    • Do not soak for too long--about 30 minutes is a good limit. This ensures you do not become faint and risk injury or death. At smaller springs, it also ensures that everyone gets time in the spring. It's also advisable not to soak more than 3 times a day.
    • Avoid bathing 30 minutes prior to eating and for 1 hour after eating.
    • Before entering the water, test the temperature with a finger or toe to ensure it is not too hot. People have died from accidentally or purposefully entering boiling springs.
    • Hydrate before and after bathing. Sports drinks or water are best.
    • Do not drink alcohol while bathing! This can lead to injury or death.
    • Do not allow pets to enter the hot springs. This is for the safety of the animal, as well as to keep the spring clean.
    • If sharing a spring with others, refrain from too much conversation so everyone can relax.
    • Be aware of clothing rules for the particular spring--some springs require nudity, others require bathing suits. For secluded springs in the wilderness, use your own discretion based on likely traffic in the area and your own comfort.
    • Speaking of clothing, if wearing a suit be aware that any detergents used to clean the suit will transfer to the spring water. It's a good idea to have a suit specifically for the spring that has only been rinsed in water and not washed with soap. Simply wring out and air dry when finished.
    • Pregnant women and individuals should not use hot springs.
    • Avoid getting spring water in your eyes, nose, or mouth (unless it is a spring specifically designated for drinking). Many types of organisms survive in the hot waters and can cause diseases such as meningitis and Legionnaires' if they enter the body.
    • If at a spring in a remote location, set up your camp at least 200 feet away to avoid contaminating the water.
    • Avoid engaging in adult situations in the hot spring. This is for the comfort of other bathers, to maintain spring cleanliness, and to avoid becoming infected with any viruses or bacteria living in the water.
    The Original Hot Tubbers photo by Yosemite / Wikimedia

    Share Your Hot Spring Experiences!

    Do you visit hot springs? Tell us your favorite bathing spots! Did using natural hot springs inspire you to purchase a hot tub? Share your hot spring stories with us in the comments below!

     

  • Moving Your Hot Tub

    Maybe you're moving into a new home and you want to relocate your hot tub with the rest of your belongings. Maybe you need to move the hot tub so you can build a deck, or move it to a better spot. Maybe you want to remove it from your property completely. Whatever the reason, you might find yourself wanting/needing to move your hot tub, but how the heck do you do it? Moving your hot tub can be a daunting task!

    Short Answer: Don't.

    In a nutshell: hire a professional.

    Seriously. A hot tub is big, heavy, and expensive. It's possible to move it on your own, but the best idea really is to have a professional do the moving for you. They will have the equipment and the experience to relocate the tub quickly and safely. To find a professional, contact a professional moving company and make sure they have experience specifically with hot tubs. Or, contact a local hot tub retailer. Chances are they will either offer tub moving services or will be able to recommend a mover to you.

    But I Really Want to Do it Myself

    All right, you have your heart set on doing the move yourself. The first thing you are going to need is a bunch of friends, and they should be big, strong friends. You will also need several furniture dollies or splurge and rent a hot tub dolly. You'll also need a trailer or truck for transporting the tub. Once you have all the necessary equipment (including the friends!), you are ready to begin:

    1. Drain the tub completely and clean it out.
    2. Pack all the hot tub accessories securely and separately from the hot tub. Accessories include all the various cords and tubes, the heater, pumps, etc.
    3. Disconnect any sources of water, electricity or gas.
    4. With your helpers, very carefully stand the hot tub on its side.
    5. Slide 2x4s under one half of hot tub so you can slide the furniture dollies under each corner. The flat side of the dollies should be under the tub, not the wheel side.
    6. Firmly strap the tub to the dollies.
    7. Move the tub. If you are loading it into a truck and transporting it, be sure to firmly tie down the tub to the truck. Also make sure your helpers don't disappear--you'll need them to unload the tub!

    It wouldn't hurt to watch this video before moving the tub, to see how the pros do it:

     Or Just Buy a Portable Tub to Start With

    Even easier than moving a hot tub? Moving a portable hot tub. There are lots of models of portable hot tubs available, and they are a breeze to set up and break down. Here are a few we carry:

    Alpine Inflatable

     

     

  • January Hot Tub News Roundup

    This time of year, soaking in a hot tub is more popular than ever. That means there is no shortage of hot tub news for us to gather up for your enjoyment.

    Hot Tub Illnesses in Winter

    The Huffington Post wants to remind everyone that with increased use of hot tubs in the winter comes increased chance of picking up an illness. This is also true of waking up, breathing air, and eating food, but it's still good to be aware. The high temperature of a hot tub can make it difficult to keep disinfectant levels as high as they need to be. The most common illness linked to improperly chlorinated hot tubs is the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, or "hot tub rash". It presents as an ear infection or a skin rash that takes the shape of the swimsuit the person was wearing, because the fabric held the contaminated water close to the skin. As always, keep a clean hot tub, rinse off before and after using the hot tub, and be sure to contact us at [email protected] if you have questions about cleaning products.

    Man Found Dead in Hotel Hot Tub

    A man was found dead in a hot tub at the Ramada Inn in Lexington, Kentucky. The cause of death was determined to be drowning. It has been deemed an accident, although authorities have not yet determined what caused the 52-year-old man to drown. It is always advisable to hot tub with a buddy, especially if you are at increased risk for heart attack, stroke, or fainting.

    On the topic of hot tubbing with buddies ...

    Eagles Fans Tailgate in a Hot Tub

    Eagles fans tailgate in a hot tub (South Jersey Times photo | TIM HAWK)

    Somehow these Eagles fans set up a four-person hot tub outside the stadium where their beloved team faced off against the New Orleans Saints. How they filled it and powered it is unknown, but you've got to hand it to them for tailgating in style.

    Burglary Suspects Hide in Hot Tub

    Two men suspected of robbing two different homes were found hiding from police in a hot tub. It turns out this is not a great hiding spot when the temperatures are  is sub-zero. After being arrested, one of the men was transported to a hospital where he was treated for hypothermia.

    But wait! Everyone's hiding in hot tubs, and this next guy is a doozy ...

    Man Found Hiding in a Hot Tub with a Machete

    A man was found hiding in a hot tub and wielding a machete after allegedly committing a series of bizarre crimes in Salem, Oregon. Apparently the man crashed a U-Haul, set a house on fire with gasoline, set a lawn mower on fire, robbed a different home of frozen elk meat, and then hid in the hot tub. Somewhere along the way he picked up the machete. After his arrest, he proceeded to kick the roof of the squad car, resulting in $1000 in damage. Police are unaware of the motive for these crimes at this time.

    Hot Tub and Couch Found Dumped on Pawnee Grasslands

    hot tub and couch dumped on pawnee grasslands

    A hot tub was dumped on public Pawnee grasslands and then, a few weeks later, a couch was also dumped. Pawnee National Grasslands officials are looking for the culprit or culprits, as dumping on the lands is a crime. "Each time crimes like this occur, tax dollars must be spent correcting the situation instead of those dollars being spent on the management of Grassland resources," the officials said. If you have any questions about how to properly dispose of your hot tub, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] and we can direct you to the proper resources.

    Do you have any hot tub news happening in your area? Send us your stories and we'll include them in our next roundup!

  • Announcing Saunasandstuff.ca!

    saunasandstuff.ca

    Everyone here at Spasandstuff.com is excited to announce a new member to our Storesandstuff.com family: please welcome our new website Saunasandstuff.ca!

    We've been selling saunas online since 2005, and we are so pleased to now be expanding into Canada. The new website will serve our Canadian friends by providing quality saunas at great prices. We'll offer a selection of top-of-the-line sauna rooms, pre-built and pre-cut sauna kits, heaters, and other other accessories. We are pleased to offer free shipping, just as we do with our US customers.

    Connect With Us!

    If you have friends or family in Canada, please send them our way! Be sure to join us on our website, blog, and social media outlets. Please share our links! We love connecting with our customers.

    We look forward to being Canada's foremost supplier of quality, affordable saunas and sauna supplies. Thanks to all of our customers, everywhere. We couldn't do any of this without you!

  • Holiday Gift Ideas from Spasandstuff.com

    Hot tubs are the gift that just keeps giving, especially as the temperature falls. Below we've listed some gift ideas for the spa lovers in your life, or maybe just treat yourself!

    Gift Ideas

    Holiday Gift Ideas from Spasandstuff.com

    Santorini II Fiesta Cantilever Umbrella ($915) -- This attractive umbrella will keep the rain off in the spring, the sun off in the summer, the leaves off in the autumn, and the snow off in the winter, making your hot tub comfortable to use all year round. Comes in two colors and has solar LED lights.

    Elegance Portable Inflatable Hot Tub ($899) -- If you're reading this, you already know how great hot tubs are. Why not buy one for someone special? This inflatable hot tub is a great starter spa!

    Holiday Gift Ideas from Spasandstuff.com

    Round Table 42" H Bar Table ($348) -- This beautiful table is available in 6 color options, and 5 diameter sizes (24", 30", 36", 48", 58" & 68"). Top-quality select grade California Redwood, a renewable resource, is used to construct this practical table. Provides a perfect for spa-side space for drinks, towels, books, or a portable radio.

    Drink Caddy ($80) -- Unique design of this drink caddy provides safe and easy transport to and from the hot tub. It comes in six attractive finishes.

    Holiday Gift Ideas from Spasandstuff.com

    Square Redwood Planter Boxes ($232) -- Make your hot tub a destination with these attractive square planters with a pot shelf that allows for a quick exchange of seasonal color. Sized for two 6" potted plants or can be filled with ice to cool your favorite beverage. Available in six colors to match any décor.

    Attached Spa Bar ($84) -- This attached spa bar turns your hot tub into Party Central. It comes in five attractive colors. Add some matching bar stools and guests can mingle or soak without having to leave the hot tub area.

    Order Soon!

    There's not much time left before the big holiday, so order soon to ensure your purchase arrives on time! If you need any help choosing the perfect gift, contact us and we'd love to help!

  • Thanksgiving in the Hot Tub

    Thanksgiving in the Hot Tub Image by moodboard photography. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/7301112520/

     

    With the holidays kicking off this week, it's the perfect time to take the cover off the hot tub and plan family gatherings around warm, bubbly water. Below you'll find some tips and advice on how to make your hot tub a fun part of your Thanksgiving.

    We are Thankful for Lounge Seats and 28 Stainless Steel Jets

    Get the tub warmed up as your guests start to arrive. Invite people to soak while they wait for the turkey to cook, and to soak while the turkey digests happily in their bellies. It's a great way to distract the kids and placate the teenagers. Something about a hot tub really brings a family together, and might even help prevent those awkward holiday arguments. Here are some ideas for making the tub a big part of Thanksgiving dinner:

    • To encourage guests to use the tub, have them bring their suits and towels.
    • Pick up hot tub accessories like this towel table and stools so there's a place to put towels and drinks and other guests and hang out and visit with the soakers.
    • A small table nearby is a good place to set plates so food stays out of the tub.
    • Consider adding some spa steps with handrails, so grandma and grandpa can get in and out of the tub easily.

    Don't Get into Hot Water While in the Hot Water

    As always, you'll need to take precautions while the tub is in use to make sure everyone stays safe. A few things to keep an eye on:

    • A sober adult should always be monitoring the tub if there are children or pets in the home. It can be easy to get distracted by Auntie Amy's crazy stories, but it can only take a second for a child or pet to fall into the tub and get into trouble. Consider assigning non-drinking guests as hot tub monitors in half-hour increments.
    • Disallow drinks and food in the tub. In addition to getting the water gross, spilled food and drinks can be a safety hazard and can damage the hot tub's system. Encourage guests to use nearby tables and benches and to exit the tub to eat and drink.
    • Prevent guests from drinking heavily and then using the tub, as they could pass out and injure themselves and others.
    • Eating a big meal can make people drowsy. Throw in a little wine and you have a recipe for a satisfying nap. Keep an eye on the tub after dinner and get sleepy soakers out and onto the couch instead to prevent accidental drowning.

    Happy Thanksgiving, to All of Our Super Soakers!

    From all of us here at spasandstuff.com, Happy Thanksgiving! We hope your holiday is full of good food, good company, and good soaking.

  • Hot Tub Anatomy

    Hot Tub Anatomy

    Most hot tubs come with a set of standard features, but if you are new to hot tubs you may not know what those features are or what they are for. Hot tub anatomy is pretty simple. Below, we've listed and described different parts of the hot tub. Once you are familiar with these, you can better understand what it is you are looking for when shopping for a tub, or you can make better use of your existing tub.

    Popular Features

    Jets

    Jets are what set hot tubs apart from bathtubs and swimming pools. They truly make the hot tub a hot tub. Jets channel and propel water to soothe muscles, such as in the neck or lower back. Hot tubs come with their jets positioned in a variety of ways depending on the manufacturer and the model of the tub. With jets, more isn't necessarily better. Consider jet placement and your own preferences. There are also different types of jets. Some tubs, such as the Alpine Portable Inflatable, has air-only jets. Other tubs, such as this BellaGrande, has hydrotherapy jets. If you can, test drive a few different types of tubs until you get a feel for what you like.

    Size

    A range of tub sizes exists on the market today, from two-person tubs like this Oval Airispa to 9-person tubs like the BellaMassimo SL. As you might have guessed, the bigger the tub the higher the cost. Maintenance costs, as well, will be higher on bigger tubs. Determine how many people will usually be using the hot tub to decide how big a tub to buy. Consider whether you host parties or have friends over to also use the tub. Remember, a larger size doesn't always mean it can accommodate more people: this Swim Spa is 16 feet long, but only designed for 3 people at a time.

    Seating

    Related to the size of the tub is the number and arrangement of seats within the tub. Some tubs come with a simple plastic bench to sit on, while others offer bucket or lounge-style seating like this Paradise tub. Tubs like the Spa2Go don't technically have any seating at all; the bottom is cushioned to provide what is called "open seating". Others, like this BellaGrande, have a dual-end lounger. The size of the tub will limit the amount and type of seats it has. Again, it is worth trying out different types of tubs to determine what you'll like and use most.

    Cabinet

    The cabinet is the exterior of the hot tub. Portable and inflatable tubs don't have a cabinet. Nor do in-ground, permanent tubs. Your typical hot tub does, however, and the cabinet can be made in a variety of materials, from a plastic veneer to a wood finish. Many models allow you to select a color and style of cabinet to suit your home. For example, this Utopia model has a synthetic cabinet available in Espresso or Coastal Grey. Other models may have more choices available.

    Shell

    The shell is the interior of the tub that holds the water. Just like the cabinet, the shell can be made from many materials from plastic to granite to marble. What you select is based on your budget and the model of the tub. Acrylic is by far the most common material for a shell, as it is affordable and can be offered in a variety of colors. The Free Spirit Lounger, for example, has an acrylic shell with six color choices.

    Working Parts

    All hot tubs come with a number of parts that allow them to operate properly. Some of these parts include the pump motor, heater, insulation, and filter. The portable and inflatable tubs tend to have fewer working parts, and the larger and more permanent tubs tend to have more. You will want to consider the warranty on your tub's working parts. Keep in mind that the higher the quality of the tub's water heater, and the more insulation used, the more likely your tub is to maintain a constant temperature. Additionally, consider how much energy the tub will use while in operation--some manufacturers offer especially energy-efficient parts or models. To get a good idea of the different parts and what they do, check out this super cool interactive spa simulator.

    Covers

    A cover is essential to keep the water in your hot tub clean and chemically balanced. Most distributors include a cover with the tub. However, there is sometimes an additional charge for one. If you have young children or pets who live in or visit your home, a hot tub cover should be considered as a required safety feature.

    Bells and Whistles

    The above features are all considered "standard" and, to varying degrees, essential. For the more adventurous buyer, however, there are additional features that can be included with any hot tub purchase.

    Built-in stereo and speakers

    With a built-in stereo and speakers, you do not have to worry about toting a stereo back and forth or wiring outdoor speakers. A built-in stereo is also designed for use with water, so it is much safer than providing your own stereo. Tubs like the Free Spirit Lounger come with optional stereos housed in the cabinet for safety and convenience.

    Built-in television

    Some tub models have a television that can retract into the tub's wall when not in use. These models usually also include a stereo and speakers and are often available with floating, waterproof remotes. As with the stereo, a built-in television is much safer than rigging up something on your own, as it is designed for use in the water. Tubs like the BellaGrande SLT come with a television, stereo, speakers, and dvd player. It can also access cable and satellite television.

    Illuminated waterfall

    This luxury feature provides tranquil sounds and lights as part of your hot tub experience. The BellaGrande SLT linked above is one such tub that offers this decadent feature.

    Whether you prefer a minimalist tub experience or want all the bells and whistles, make sure you choose a tub that best suits your preferences and budget. We're always available via email or phone if you need any help selecting a hot tub model. Happy soaking!

  • Affordable Luxury: Easier Than You Think

    Affordable Luxury: Easier Than You Think

    Everyone wants to enjoy the finer things in life, but the average consumer may not consider herself able to do so. The truth is that with a good budget and smart financial planning many people can afford to treat themselves to luxury goods and experiences.

    A Tub Full of Affordable Luxury

    Hot tubs are more affordable than most people realize and making monthly payments on one is easier than one would think. Hot tubs can be as much as $15,000 or as little as $665. Money spent on pool or health club memberships can easily be re-directed to saving for a hot tub or making payments on a loan or a hot tub payment plan. Additionally, by adding a hot tub to your home, you increase the value of your property and save money on gas and time spent going to a gym or spa to use their hot tub.

    Once the tub is in your home, maintenance on it is just dollars a month. You will only need to buy a few chemicals and measure the water quality on a regular basis. It's easy to learn, easy to do, and costs very little.

    Smart Saving Solutions

    Here are some areas where you can find extra money to set aside for a hot tub:

    • Pack lunch instead of buying lunch.
    • Make coffee in the morning and use a thermos instead of spending on expensive coffee.
    • Cancel your gym membership and go running outside, climb stairs at a local parking garage, go hiking, bike to work, etc.
    • Shop at thrift stores or consignment stores for brand name garments at cheaper prices.
    • Skip going out for dinner and make healthy meals at home instead.
    • Cancel magazine subscriptions and visit the library to catch up on new issues.
    • Cancel streaming movie services and check out movies from the local library instead.
    • Get crafty and make gifts for people instead of purchasing them. Consider gifting home-cooked sweets, knitted scarves, re-purposed frames, or even gifting your time to help out parents who need a night out away from their kids or a friend who needs a dog sitter. Or, gift a skill you have, like making websites, repainting a room, a teaching a friend how to play guitar.
    • Skip the vacation and explore your home area for places and activities you've never done before.

    How Soon Can You Afford a Hot Tub?

    • How much can you redirect from memberships/other luxuries and from savings each month? (A) ________
    • How much is the hot tub you'd like to buy? (B) ________
    • (B) ________ divided by (A) ________ = ________ months until you can afford this tub

    Spasandstuff.com Hot Tubs

    Here are a few of our lower-priced models that are low on cost but high on luxury value:

    Or view all of our tubs here, sorted by price from lowest to highest.

    If you have any questions about how to afford a hot tub from Spasandstuff.com, please contact us to discuss options and ideas.

  • Buying a Hot Tub: Hot Tubs 101

    Hot Tubs 101: Buying a Hot Tub

    When buying a hot tub, there are a few basics to know when you start. There are two types of hot tubs: self-contained and non self-contained. Typically, self-contained hot tubs are installed above ground and are usually portable, whereas non self-contained hot tubs are installed in-ground and are permanent. Hot tubs are usually heated using an electric or natural gas heater, though there are also submersible wood-fired heaters and solar hot water systems. Spa and the brand name Jacuzzi are often used when referring to an indoor fixture. A hot tub is almost always outdoors.

    What to Look for When Buying a Hot Tub

    Whether you’re looking to buy an indoor or outdoor hot tub, you will want to choose something durable and easy to maintain. Cutting corners can end up costing you in the long run, so save yourself future trouble and do some simple online research. Have some basic understanding of hot tub care and maintenance, as well as an idea of what different warranties will provide by talking to various retailers. A good resource is our blog archives, and you can always give us a call with questions.

    When looking at hot tub models, there are also some questions you'll want to ask yourself:

    • How many people will use the hot tub at the same time?
    • How many water jets do you want? Tip: For ultimate relaxation, maximize your hot tub's potential with as many jets as you can get!
    • Where will you put the tub? Inside? Outside? Patio? Bathroom? Deck? Basement? Fitness room?
    • Does the area you’ve chosen have enough clearance to handle the size of the hot tub? Does the area comply with your local safety codes? Do you need any permits to place the tub in that area?
    • Will the floor be able to handle the weight of the tub once it is filled and occupied? Read our article on installation to get an idea of the type of weight you need to plan for.
    • Will your power supply require modification?

    Depending on the space you are working with, there will be different advantages to above floor/ground level hot tub spas or in-ground sunken installations. For first-time buyers, a portable hot tub is often recommended as it is a far less risky investment. Without the worry of installation costs, above-ground hot tubs can be filled with any available water source, they do not require any special plumbing, and they are easy to install and even easier to relocate in the future.

    If you choose to go with an outdoor hot tub, you may require some professional remodelling as well as proper electrical installation and pumping utilities. Chemicals, filters, and water delivery systems vary widely so be sure to discuss details with a trusted manufacturer or professional consultant. Making educated choices in the beginning will save you time, money, and unneeded stress in the future and help you get the most fun and relaxation out of your hot tub experience.

  • Where to Put It? Tips on Where to Install Your Hot Tub

    Where to Put It? Tips on Where to Install Your Hot Tub

    PLAN AHEAD FOR STRENGTH AND SAFETY

    Wherever you decide to place your hot tub, you need to make sure that the location has a solid foundation. The foundation must be uniformly firm and provide a level setting. The recommended foundation is a concrete pad with a minimum thickness of 4 inches with steel-reinforced cross bars throughout.

    When installing your spa on a wood deck or balcony, the same load requirements must be met. The total load may be as much as 90 pounds per square foot. Remember that your tub weighs about 700 pounds on its own. After you add water and people, it could have a total weight of up to 4,000 pounds.

    Regardless of the location that you decide on, you need to be sure that the hot tub is not within 10 feet of overhead power lines and that you leave access to the internal equipment.

    In order to perform maintenance or make a needed repair, you will need adequate space to reach the internal components. If your tub has external equipment, you need to know that most city codes require the equipment to be at least 5 feet from the tub unless they are separated by a permanent solid barrier.

    CONSIDERATIONS FOR INDOOR PLACEMENT

    If you decide to place your hot tub indoors, you need to understand that moisture will accumulate. The steam created by the tub must go somewhere, and it will leave moisture on your walls, ceiling, floor, etc. You need to make sure that you have really good ventilation. The amount of moisture will vary according to how frequently you use the tub.

    Ventilation not only helps dissipate the moisture and steam, but it also allows the hot tub chemicals to be circulated out. The odor of the cleaning components can accumulate indoors and even create electrical problem unless the area is well ventilated. The good news is that if you place your hot tub indoors, it will probably stay cleaner and require less frequent chemical treatments.

    Big tip on installing a hot tub indoors: you should have some kind of drainage system in place! Experts recommend you change the water in your tub every four months or so. You always have the option of running sewage drains to your hot tub, and if you are placing your hot tub on an existing slab you will need to dig up the concrete to build your drain system.

    Another option that is a little less of a hassle would be to get a small submersible pump. You can use the pump to push most of the water out of the tub, but pumps usually fail to move the last inch or so of water at the bottom of the tub.

    Some manufacturers build their hot tubs with a water hose connection inside of the cabinet at the bottom of the hot tub. This will enable you to hook a water hose to your hot tub so that you can easily drain the water and move it to another drain or outside on the ground.

    ADDITIONAL TIPS

    No matter how well made your hot tub is, it is always possible that after years of usage leaks will occur due to worn gaskets or seals. That water must have a place to go. Be prepared to deal with this if the situation arises.

    Another thing to consider is that you have to get the hot tub into your house. Measure to make sure that you have enough room to get it into your house and then measure again. After you do that, measure once more!

    Many companies suggest that you spend the money to have a licensed contractor make sure that the local building codes and load requirements can be met.

    OUTDOORS AND UNDER THE STARS

    For many people, outdoors is the best location for a hot tub. Outdoors, there are fewer concerns for the tub. You do not have to worry about the steam and humidity or the chemicals affecting your home. Locating your tub outdoors, though, does mean that you may have to get a concrete pad laid down so that it has a proper foundation.

    Outside it will get dirtier more easily. Walking to and from the tub, your feet will get dirty and that will get in the water. Leaves and such may end up in your new hot tub.

    A cover is very important when placing a tub anywhere, but it is especially important when placing it outdoors. Always have a cover on the tub when you are not in it. This is a safety measure to prevent small children from falling into it and it also helps it to stay cleaner. The cleaner the water stays, the less frequently you have to treat the water with chemicals.

    There are a wide variety of pictures of hot tubs on the Internet being placed outdoors in very creative ways. If you want to invest the money, a stand-alone deck can be built that encompasses the tub. The only limit here is your imagination and your budget.

    PLACING YOUR HOT TUB IN A SCREENED-IN ROOM

    Putting a hot tub in a screened-in porch mostly resembles an outdoor installation. You have to consider some of the factors that go with both indoor and outdoor installations, though. A screened-in porch will obviously allow for ventilation and the steam and humidity will not harm your walls. You will still need a drain put into the floor of the porch if one does not already exist. If the manufacturer uses the water hose connection, this will not be an issue for you.

    Again, you can find many creative pictures of hot tubs installed in screened porches on the Internet.

    IN CONCLUSION

    In the end, the placement of your new hot tub is completely up to you and your preferences. No matter where you decide to put it, be sure to plan ahead. The more you plan ahead, the easier it will be to install and to enjoy.

    If you are not sure whether or not your chosen location is suitable, you should seriously consider contacting a licensed contractor.

    Finally, always take into account safety factors when deciding where to put your hot tub. As stated before, a cover should always be in place when it is not in use. Also consider the surface that you will be walking on when going to and from the hot tub. If the path is smooth concrete you may want to put some mats down to prevent slipping.

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