How to Put a Hot Tub in Your House

A hot tub can be a relaxing addition to your home's amenities, but if you do not plan well, you could find that relaxing hot tub turning into quite a nightmare.

Hot tubs can be placed indoors if you plan properlyHot tubs can be placed indoors if you plan properly
The first step to take when putting a hot tub inside your home is to make sure you are familiar with and prepared to meet all local building codes. Contact your city or county building inspector before you do anything else to make sure your plans are up to code.

Reinforce the foundation of the floor where the hot tub will be located. If you are building a slab for the hot tub, it should be made of concrete at least four inches thick and reinforced with steel bars throughout. The area should be able to withstand at least 90 pounds per square foot. Hire a contractor to confirm than any existing flooring will withstand this load.

Install sufficient ventilation. The room where the hot tub will be should have continual ventilation to help move moisture out of the room and prevent mold or mildew. You may also want to install a dehumidifier to remove additional moisture from the air.

Consider and plan for drainage of the hot tub. Some hot tubs have a hose connection that allows you to run a garden hose from the tub into the yard or other drain to remove the water from the tub. Or you can install a drain in the foundation if you are building it. This is the most expensive option. An alternative is to purchase a submersible pump that will pump out the water when needed. However, you will need to remove the last inch or so of water with a wet/dry shop vac or by hand.

Have an electrician run a dedicated 240 volt circuit to the room where the hot tub will be. Be sure that the outlet is grounded and that there are no exposed wires anywhere in the room.

Install the hot tub according to the manufacturer's instructions or have the manufacturer or other licensed spa specialist install it for you.

About the Author

Jean Asta has been a freelance writer for domestic and international clients since 2005. She also acts as a training consultant to businesses and nonprofit organizations in the southeast United States. Asta holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature, both from the University of Georgia.