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Taking The Plunge Part 3: Installing Your Hot Tub

With the sun shining and more time at home, many Brits have decided that it is time to invest in a hot tub. Over the last couple of weeks we have looked at the benefits of getting a hot tub and what you need to consider when choosing your hot tub.

This week, we will cover what you need to do to make sure that your hot tub is properly installed.

Planning – it is unlikely that you will need to get planning permission for an inflatable hot tub, but it is worth checking your local by-laws and covenants, just in case. Your hot tub will usually be fine, but if you are thinking building a permanent structure such as a cabin or gazebo, you may need permission – check with your local builder when you get a quote.

The base - once you have invested in a hot tub, it is worth making sure that you have it on the best possible base. Any flat surface will be suitable. Bear in mind that your hot tub will kill grass and could weigh over a tonne when filled; it may be worth speaking to a landscape gardener if you are thinking of having decking or patio installed to ensure that it will withhold the weight of the tub and its inhabitants. If you have an existing, suitable flat space, great! Buy rubber matting or specialist hot tub matting to protect and insulate the tub.

Water source – once you have worked out where your hot tub will go, you will be able to determine the nearest water source. Check you have a hosepipe long enough to reach the location of the tub; if not, measure the length that you need and order one.

Power – inflatable hot tubs usually require an external plug. If you don’t have a safe, outside power source, get in touch with a local electrician, who will tell you what you need to do to get your power appropriately installed. We all know that water and electricity don’t mix, so it is crucial that you use a sufficient, professionally fitted and approved power supply to prevent any potentially fatal mishaps.

Once you have the basics ready to go, you are ready to set it up! Follow the instructions carefully to make sure that you don’t damage the tub during set up. Depending on the size of the tub and the power of your heater, it could take up to 24 hours to reach maximum temperature, but once you’ve reached the desire heat, you can relax, sit back and enjoy your investment through the summer and beyond.

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