What's the Best Hot Tub

Table of Contents
Why should I buy a Hot Tub?
The Real cost of owning a Hot Tub
Types of Hot Tubs
Hot Tub Electric concerns - 220 vs. 110
Your options: Seats
Your options: Jets
Your options: Filtration and Purification
Your options: Surround
Your options: Cover
Shopping options: Local Dealer
Shopping options: Big Box Retailers
Shopping options: Online
Where to locate your new hot tub
Going to put it on a deck?
Hot tub foundations
What type of buyer are You?
"x" Person Hot Tub
How to shop for a spa
How to insulate a hot tub
How to drain a hot tub
How to clean a hot tub
How to buy a hot tub
How to build a concrete slab
How to treat hot tub rash
How to drain a hot tub with a hose
How to drain a hot tub for winter
How to level a hot tub
How to winterize a hot tub
How much chemical
How to make it work
Pea gravel base
Foam problems?
How to raise PH in your hot tub
How to lower PH in your hot tub
Save on hot tub electric bill
How to fix heavy hot tub cover
How to clean scale off of a hot tub
How high to fill a hot tub
How to fix hot tub HFL errors
How to remove mildew from hot tubs
Best hot tub chemicals?
How to kill staph in a hot tub
Remove jets
How to use the drain plug
Clean hot tub jets
Can I fill my hot tub with soft water?
Clean your filter with Muriatic acid
How to move a hot tub
Clean your filter in the dishwasher?
How to lower alkalinity levels
Reduce hardness of your water
You can repair freeze damage
How to stop hot tub overheating
Balance your chemicals
Support your hot tub on a deck
Can bleach be used in hot tubs?
How to eliminate bacteria
Repair your cracked hot tub
How to prime a hot tub pump
Organic alternatives
Hot tub age restrictions
Mice in your hot tub?
How to make your hot tub smell good
How does a hot tub pump work?
Hot tub health risks?
How to buy a cheap hot tub
Make your own spa defoamer
How to clean spa filter with vinegar
How to sanitize with lithium
Use vitamin C to neutralize chlorine
How to care for an inflatable hot tub
History of hot tub innovations
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How to level a hot tub

You have recently purchased or ordered a hot tub and want to put it on an existing concrete patio. But you have found that the concrete patio slab is not level it is graded away from your house to allow rain water to run off. This makes sense, but may not be the best situation for your hot tub. Depending on the slope you may need to level out the patio. If it's not that steep a slope, you may be able to tolerate the slight angle. Say it's 8 feet wide and the grading is less than an inch or two, you should be okay. More than that and you will notice and it will likely affect your enjoyment of your tub. So, what are your options for leveling unlevel concrete.

You can, of course, tear out the whole patio slab and repour it making it truly level. This will take time and money how much will depend on if you do the job yourself as a weekend warrior or simply pick up the phone, hire someone and write the check. It is a doable job for a handy homeowner, but digging up concrete is no fun. You can also hire someone to slab jack or mud jack that section. A contractor will drill some holes in the slab, pump in a solution that will raise that section to level . This is cheaper than replacing the slab, but still recommended to hire out.

If the patio is much larger than the hot tub, you can fix that section the hot tub will use by measuring it out, creating a form that fits around the perimeter of the tub and pouring a new concrete slab over the existing one. You want to be sure the exisitng concrete is clean and dry and you will want to scrape it up some so the new concrete will adhere to it. This will create a new level foundation for your tub.

Using wood shims to level out the hot tub is not recommended. The base of the tub needs to be supported fully.

Of course, if you are starting fresh with a new deck, platform or concrete patio, be sure to make it level to start off. A firm, supportive, level base will provide the foundation that your hot tub needs. Then slip on in to that relaxing hot water and enjoy.

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