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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Hot Tub Buying Guide

Support your hot tub on a deck

It's ideal. A hot tub on the deck. What a relaxing scene. But let's take into consideration the reality of it all. A hot tub is full of water. Water is very heavy and decks are elevated. So you must be sure that the deck is able to support the weight of a full tub. The restrictions vary by local ordinances so you want to check your local codes for your area. Installing a spa on a deck is a great idea, just be sure to do it right and to do it safely.

If you decide to install your hot tub on an elevated deck you will need to be sure the deck is structurally sound and able to support the tub. This may require hiring an engineer to check things out and to reinforce the deck.

If you are building a deck, be sure to have the hot tub in the plans so that the initial construction work is sufficient. Keep in mind that the tub will need to have access to an electrical outlet. You will want fairly easy access to water. Also consider the route to the tub from the house. You will want to be sure to make it accessible, especially on chilly nights when you won't want to be traipsing through cold and snow to get to the tub. Consider the exposure to sun, wind, and neighbors when deciding where to locate your tub on the deck. It's much easier to plan it all out beforehand than to make changes after construction or even just the placement of the tub.

If you have a multi-tiered deck, it may be easiest and safest to put the hot tub on the lowest level. You will still need to confirm that the construction of the deck meets code for the installation of a hot tub. You may decide to place your hot tub on a concrete patio just off your deck. The pad will fully support the tub and its weight. The deck can be extended to surround the tub making it seem as if it is part of the deck itself. This assures the support of the tub and the aesthetic look of enjoying your deck and tub together.

Whatever you decide, be sure your hot tub is safely installed. A hot tub is supposed to help alleviate the stress of the day. A good plan enacted can insure that you have that rest and relaxation you desire at the end of a long day.

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