Preparing for a Portable Spa
Getting a hot tub installed in the backyard is a much simpler process than you might imagine. Basically, you need to make sure that you have access to the backyard; a solid, level place to set the spa; and electricity, and a garden hose in close proximity. Read on for more details about each of these logistical requirements.
Most cities and counties require permits for exterior construction and electrical circuits. In addition, some communities have codes requiring residential barriers such as fencing and/or self-closing gates on property to prevent unsupervised access to the property by children. You are responsible for educating yourself about the information on which permits may be required and how to obtain them prior to the delivery of your spa.
Picking a Spot
You probably have a spot picked out for your new spa, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, on a patio or on a deck. To prepare for the delivery of your spa, make sure the delivery path is clear and no obstructions are present. Obstacles such as overhanging tree limbs, awnings protruding gas meters, water meters, and A/C units can prevent easy access. Our spas are all curbside delivery and will be dropped off at your driveway; you are responsible for calling a spa mover and certified electrician to install your spa correctly. Always make sure you consider the following:
Is your spa going to be surrounded by landscaping or nestled in a tight spot? Will you have to move it up or down a flight of stairs or is it already on the ground level? These are the questions you should ask yourself when assessing your spa placement. Moving your spa is going to interfere or damage a yard’s landscaping, you’ll need to think about the path your spa will take on its way to the installation site. Take into account your spa is heavy & big and you will need to contact your local spa mover to have it moved in and installed by a certified electrician.
Clearance for Service Access
While you are planning where to locate your spa, you need to determine how much access you will need for service. American Spas require access to the front of the spa for periodic service. For this reason, the spa should never be placed in a manner where the front is permanently blocked. Examples include placing the front of the spa against a building, structural posts or columns, or a fence. If you are planning to enclose or surround your spa with a deck, make sure there is access for service or repair.
Electrical Service Stub-up
The location of the electrical service cable is a decision each spa owner needs to decide. Running the electrical cable lay on top of the slab is visually unappealing and can present a trip hazard. Most spa owners prefer to bury electrical conduit before the slab is laid and run the cable up through the slab. The location of the conduit in the concrete slab is called the stub-up. You will need to have a contractor lay down a concrete slab before the spa is delivered (as described on page 2). The stub-up needs to be located directly next to the cabinet as shown in the figures below. The spa installer or electrician will need to drill a hole in the spa cabinet approximately 5” to 10” up from the concrete slab. This will be where the conduit will enter the spa equipment area. Use rigid pipe and a metal elbow outside the spa. You can use flex pipe inside the equipment area to run the electrical wire from the elbow to the control box.
The use of a crane for delivery and installation may become necessary if you are unable to provide an adequate delivery route. It is used primarily to avoid injury to your spa, your property or to delivery personnel. Your spa dealer may be able to assist you with the arrangements. If your spa delivery requires the use of a crane, the cost of a crane is generally not included in the standard delivery service.
Here are additional Common Questions we have recently received:
Where will my spa be delivered?
Our spas all come with curbside Delivery. Meaning the spa will be dropped off at the end of your driveway.
How will my spa be delivered?
Spas are delivered on their side on a pallet and are wrapped in protective plastic. Be sure to coordinate trash and debris removal, as there will be a leftover wooden pallet and lots of wrapping materials.
How do I move my spa in?
Contact your local Spa mover and for a 240v Spa Certified Electrician. Coordinate and schedule with the contractors to coincide service on your delivery date
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