1. What do you need to prepare before installing a hot tub?
To install your hot tub, you need three things: a solid, level base to stand it on, a power outlet to provide the juice, and a hose pipe to fill it up with. If you plan to sink the spa, there will be the added consideration of access to the component door for servicing, so do bear that in mind when planning and preparing your base. Your installation instructions should include specific advice on sinking the model purchased.
2. How do you install your spa?
Most hot tubs and spas are very heavy and easily damaged, so if you intend to move one make sure you have plenty of help and good dollies/trailers to help move the spa. It is usual to put a hot tub on its side for moving, but take care not to put it on the pumps side as the door on most hot tubs is very weak (some hot tubs have to be transported flat).
Consider having a professional install it for you, if you do not want to install the spa yourself
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To install the spa yourself, find the perfect spot for installation, gather the materials and equipment before you start. If you are installing your hot tub 50 feet or more away from your main source of water, you may not get enough water pressure your jets. The next step in the process is to extend both the electrical service and the gas service to reach the location you have chosen for your spa. You are probably going to need to have a dedicated electrical outlet in order to run the hot tub pump. Make sure to contact your gas company so that a line can be extended for heating. Now install your spa based on the instructions given by the manufacturer. After following the instructions, connect all of the plumbing features based on the schematic that has been provided by the manufacturer of the spa. Make sure that all of the pipes, fittings, and gasket are properly matched to the inventory list before you begin, and make sure as you go along that all of the connections have been made tightly. Before you add water to your finished spa you are going to want to test all of the lines, including both the plumbing lines and the gas lines to make sure that there are no leaks. Your locality may also require that you undergo an electrical inspection before you can fill your hot tub with water in order to prevent the possibility of being electrocuted in the process.
3. How long does it take a hot tub to get hot?
A hot tub in good working condition will raise the water temperature between 3-6 degrees per hour. To help your hot tub heat quicker, make sure to leave the cover on as heat can escape from the water surface. If your hot tub is located outside, the air temperature also is a factor. It can take up to 24 hours for a 500-gallon hot tub to reach the temperature of 104 degrees F.
4. Is it more efficient to keep your hot tub hot, or heat it up for each use?
If your use pattern is to use your spa most nights, then provided your spa has been made with a good cover and quality insulation, it is best to keep the spa hot. This way, your heater will cut in and out as it needs to, and in summer may hardly come on at all. If your use pattern is less often, and/or your spa is not insulated to a very high standard, then you are much better off turning it off between use. Note: In the winter, because of the risk of freeze damage if the spa is not being heated, it should be completely drained if you are switching the heat off.
5. How long should you stay in your hot tub?
There is no recommended time limit for bathing in your hot tub, however, it is best to keep yourself hydrated whilst you are in the spa and drink plenty of water. You should also take care to maintain your sanitizer level, which will deplete over a few hours of bathing.
6. Are hot tubs good for your skin?
7. Is it harmful to take a baby in to a hot tub?
8. Can you go into a hot tub if you have a pacemaker?
9. Can you get sexually transmitted infections from a hot tub?
10. Can hot tubs cause headaches?
11. How do you drain a hot tub?