SPA INSTALLATION CONSIDERATIONS
Installation - Your Hydro Spa is engineered to be installed anywhere, indoors or outdoors. Prior to installation, check that the spa will clear all inside door frames if installing indoors. The topside control, electrical equipment should always remain accessible at all times. While it may be visually pleasing to locate your spa in a corner, allowing enough room should be left around all sides of the spa for a service person to remove panels and/or equipment easily if necessary.
When planning the location of your spa outdoors consider the following:
- Direction of sun, shade and predominant winds (location of trees).
- Amount of privacy at the desired location.
- Access to the spa's steps for safety.
- Access to the electrical equipment for service.
- Proper drainage in the surrounding area or the need to add drainage.
- Access to suitable drain area and easy refill with garden hose.
- Conflicts with around home equipment (central air units, gas meters, windows, pool equipment. screens, etc.)
- Area for spa cover during use. (Using a spa caddy keeps it neat and easy to use)
- For Safety the spa must be located a minimum of ten (10) feet away from the main electrical panel. You must use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). Consult with a licensed electrical contractor for exact electrical standards and requirements in your area.
Hydro Spa recommends a level concrete pad at least the size of the spa. The thickness of the pad will vary based on concrete experts you speak with. The common answer is four (4) inches thick with reinforcing to keep the pad from cracking. First consult your concrete contractor with the spa's running weight and size for the best quote and all the details on how the pad will be installed. The spa can also be placed on patio stones, but the patio stones must be at least placed on compacted sand four (4) inches thick.
For Deck or Raised Installations: When constructing a deck to sit the spa on/or in, your design must consider the size and weight of the spa, as well as the location. Proximity to load bearing walls will effect design decisions. Typically, deck designers will either double joist in the spa area or shorten the joist span to accommodate the weight of the spa. When completely or partially mounting a spa into a deck or floor, a concrete pad or secondary deck level may be the spa's support base. The primary deck or secondary deck supporting the spa must be installed with its' supports on a concrete pillar (Sono Tube) or on a concrete footing to ensure that the deck does not move with changes in ground temperature. In-deck installations should also consider deck skirting. Preventing the buildup of snow and wind blown debris against the spa cabinet. SPECIAL NOTE: Attention must be made in selecting a location where the spa can easily be removed in the event that the spa has to be returned for servicing.
Structural damage could be caused, voiding your warranty, if the base that your spa is sitting on drops, for this reason, Hydro Spa recommends that you do not use the following bottom supports for your spa base.
- Wood structure directly on ground
- Wood structure being used with supports below the frost line (this means deck blocks, which sit on the ground are not recommended)
- Compacted or crushed stone or rocks
- Railroad ties
FOR INDOOR INSTALLATIONS
Be sure to allow proper ventilation around your spa. When spa is in use, consider the amount of moisture that will escape. This can damage certain surfaces over a period of time. Having proper floor drainage is also important, incase your spa should leak. Once again the topside control, electrical equipment should always remain accessible at all times. While it may be visually pleasing to locate your spa in a corner of a room, allow enough room should be left around all sides of the spa for a service person to remove panels and/or equipment easily if necessary.