Whether you’ve chosen to have your Hot Tub indoors or outdoors, on a patio or on a deck just make sure you check the following:
• Always put your spa on a structurally sound, level surface. A filled spa can weigh a great deal. Make certain that the location you choose can support the weight of your filled spa.
• Leave yourself easy access to all circuit breakers and RCD’s.
• Leave access to at least the entire front of the spa (the removable panels provide access to the spa’s equipment) for periodic spa care and maintenance.
Outdoor and Patio Installation
No matter where you install your new spa, it’s important that you have a solid foundation to support it. Structural damage to the spa resulting from incorrect installation or placement on an inadequate foundation is not covered under the spa’s limited warranty.
If you install the spa outdoors, a reinforced concrete pad at least four inches thick is recommended for your Hot Tub. If you place the spa on the ground, even temporarily, place patio slabs under the levelling areas. The stones should be at least two inches thick and twelve inches square. Even with stones in place, the spa will inevitably settle and become unlevel. Plus, a spa surrounded by dirt or grass will soon be filled with dirt or grass from users feet; therefore, it is important to get it onto a solid foundation as soon as possible.
Champion Hot Tubs will not fully install a Spa on a sub standard temporary surface.
To be certain your deck can support your spa, you must know the deck’s maximum load capacity. Consult a qualified building contractor or structural engineer before you place the spa on an elevated deck or indoors. To find the weight of your spa, its contents and occupants, please contact us. This weight per square foot must not exceed the structure’s rated capacity, or serious structural damage could result.
If you intend to install a tub and surround it with decking, please bear in mind that you will need to install access panels to allow access to the sides of the tub for maintenance and any remedial repairs that may be required in years to come. These access panels should be large enough to allow an engineer access to the side panels of the tub and should allow enough room for the engineer to remove the screws in the side panel. This is also the requirement for tubs that are sunken into a pit or are indoors.
If you intend to sink your tub into decking, we recommend that you build the base first, have your hot tub positioned on the base, and then build the decking around it once installed. If our delivery teams arrive to a full decking with a hole for the hot tub, we can not guarantee installation. For advice on your decking and installation, please call customer services to discuss.
If you have your tub surrounded by decking that needs to be removed before work (either warranty work or otherwise) can be carried out, this must be removed by yourself prior to our engineer arriving at your property as we cannot be held responsible for any damage that may occur to your decking or tub surround when it is removed for repair or maintenance purposes.
Bear in mind also that decking will vibrate and can have the effect of amplifying the sound from the pumps with its vibration.
First, obtain the dimensions of the hot tub you have ordered from us. You will need to consider the Spa will be delivered on its side on a special hot tub trolley system.
The minimum width of a pathway that is needed is 1.1Metres to enable us to deliver a tub on it’s side without damage to either the property or to the tub.
Height can also be an issue, 50mm must be added to the longest dimension. If your hot tub is 2,100mm x 2,100mm, when it is on it’s side on the trolley it may stand 2,150mm high. Any obstructions will have to be removed to allow access
Also you must consider that the hot tub sledge is not flexible and will need a wide turning area to negotiate any corners.
Steps can also be an issue as hot tubs are heavy bulky items that can be very difficult to transport up steps.