3 Things To Consider When Planning A Hot Tub Installation On Your Deck
There are many benefits of soaking in a hot tub, which is why doing so can be considered hydrotherapy. It can improve your sleep and reduce stress. For people who suffer with migraines, soaking in a hot tub can help to prevent migraines by decreasing the chances of experiencing tension headaches that often occur before a migraine headache sets in. Hydrotherapy can also reduce muscle aches and arthritic pain, as well as lower blood pressure and blood sugar.
Now that you know some of the benefits of hydrotherapy, you may want to install one on your deck. But before you do, there are a few things to figure out. Here's what they are.
Are there electrical connections readily available?
You'll need to have electricity for your hot tub. Models require either 110V or 220V of electricity. Most decks are located directly alongside the exterior of homes and have 110V electrical outlets in the exterior walls. If your deck does not have a 220V electrical circuit, you'll need to hire an electrician to run the appropriate wiring to the deck from your home's electrical panel.
Is your deck structurally capable of handling the additional weight?
You'll need to take into consideration the additional weight of a water-filled hot tub with the maximum capacity of people in the hot tub. A hot tub dealer can provide you with this weight measurement. Once you have the numbers, hire a structural engineer so he or she can determine whether or not your deck is structurally sound to handle the weight and, if not, what you'll need to do to reinforce your deck. You may need to incorporate additional joists and fasteners into the design of the deck or build a new deck altogether.
How will you get the hot tub onto the deck?
Getting the hot tub onto the deck may be challenging, especially if there's a narrow stairway leading up to the deck. Often, people hire a crane service to hoist their new hot tubs onto their decks. While cranes can indeed sit in a driveway and hoist hot tubs up and over homes, they do need to have overhead clearance for maneuverability.
Therefore, if any tree branches or electrical power lines are in the way, the crane service may need to get closer to the deck via the backyard, which can pose a problem if your backyard is surrounded by fencing. If this will be the case, you may need to remove a section of the fencing in order for a crane service to have access to your deck.
Once you work out that you can support and install a hot tub on your deck, reach out to a hot tub dealer.