Installing an Indoor Hot Tub
Installing an indoor hot tub has become very common these days. Nevertheless it is wise to consider many factors before the actual installation. Following these guidelines when installing a hot tub, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of a hot tub without compromising on safety issues.
Step 1 - Planning
While it is really exciting to install an indoor hot tub, you should plan the location after taking certain factors into consideration. There are many configurations of an indoor hot tub and you must choose one that suits your needs.
Step 2 - Choosing the Location
Perhaps the first and the most important factor that you should know is the moisture factor. You should be prepared for accumulation of a large amount of steam in the room where you’re installing your hot tub. If you are building a room specifically for a spa, build it with a floor drain. Since there is a lot of water that may splash out, take care that the flooring is such that it provides a good grip. One shouldn’t be in danger of slipping on it with wet feet.
Step 3 - Assessing the Location
Make sure that the indoor hot tub is placed on a surface that’s structurally sound and can support the weight of the water as well as its occupants. In this case it would be a good idea to consult a structural engineer or a building contractor who could give you an assessment.
Step 4 - Choosing the Right Surface
Also make sure that the surface is not uneven. The surface should be leveled before you fill water into the tub. Before installing the hot tub, also ascertain that there is a floor drain that could take care of leakages that may occur over a period of time.
Step 5 - Power Outlets
A hot tub needs a power source. It’s wiser to plan in advance, easy access to these sources of power and circuit panels. Apart from this, your hot tub may need servicing in the future. Remember to leave enough room to access the removable equipment parts for this purpose.
Step 6 - Keeping Precautions in Mind
Chlorine and Bromine are usually used as sanitizers in an indoor hot tub and this could result in the emanation of ‘off-gases’ which is nothing but ozonated air that is undissolved and is considered hazardous. Ozone should not be used indoors at all. It would corrode many household equipments including electric circuitry. It is also a throat irritant. Apart from this, you should take into consideration that a leak could develop in the indoor hot tub, over a period of time. This could result from a small drip to a large flood. This is why it is wise to install the tubs on waterproof surfaces and also allow for a floor-drain.
Step 7 - Provisions for Ventilation
When it comes to ventilation, special care should be taken especially when it’s an indoor hot tub. The room should be well-ventilated. An exhaust fan or any other good venting system can help you prevent too much of condensation.