Indoor Hot Tub Installation Ideas
Hot tub dealers have found that once the cold weather arrives they receive many more requests for information regarding the installation of indoor hot tubs. Even though warm water awaits them, many people don’t appreciate the thought of walking through snow to get into a hot tub. And we must say we don’t blame them! However, when it comes to installing an indoor, rather than an outdoor hot tub, there are a different set of considerations that must be kept in mind. This article will go over some ideas that should considered when contemplating the installation of an indoor hot tub.
Once the hot tub is installed you’ll be very excited to fill it with water. Therefore it’s imperative that you have easy access to a water source. You may have taps in your kitchen and bathroom, but if you have to carry buckets of water through your house to fill or top up your hot tub, you’ll likely end up with a sore back and pools of water throughout your house. If one doesn’t already exist, you may want to install a water faucet in the room that will contain the hot tub.
The room that holds your hot tub is bound to get wet. Whether it’s simply getting in and out of the tub or you have children who like to splash around, moisture is a fact of life with any hot tub. Having a floor that can withstand pooling water is an important consideration. Concrete or tile are much better choices than carpet or hardwood. A good drainage system with proper floor grading can help take care of any large spills which are certainly inevitable over the long run. If a drain doesn’t already exist or can’t be included in a new build, this won’t be an easy alteration so, if possible, choose a room that already has this feature.
Warm water will raise the humidity levels which can cause problems for your walls, floors and fixtures. If you’re in the process of building the room, install vapour barriers to protect the wood framing studs. Having a heavy duty exhaust fan will play a fundamental role in keeping humidity levels in check. A ceiling fan will help with air circulation, but will unlikely be completely effective on its own. A dehumidifier can also be helpful to combat high humidity levels.
Using a chlorine based sanitizer can create overwhelming odours in enclosed spaces. Not only is the smell unpleasant, it can also lead to eye irritation. You might want to consider a bromine or mineral based sanitizer regime to eliminate the possibility of a heavily chlorinated smell.
One thing that plagues installers of indoor hot tubs is not being able to get the tub into the house or room. Before choosing the hot tub or your dreams, ensure you can actually get it in the house, down the stairs or through the doorways. You don’t want to have to demolish parts of your house when you’re simply looking for some relaxation.
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