Hot tubs buying guide
When buying a hot tub or spa there are two main considerations - how many people will be using it and how much space do you have? When buying a hot tub and choosing where you're going to place it, you need to take into account the following:
There may be certain restrictions or requirements that are particular to your area. If in doubt, check with your local council.
Delivery and passageway
The spa will arrive as a unit, and in most cases cannot be dismantled. Ideally the spa will be placed on a trolley either on its side or on its base. The unit will then be rolled into place easily crossing grass, gravel and small terrain anomalies.
For a safe and non- intrusive installation, we require an opening not less that the size of your spa plus at least 40cm for the trolley and a minimum of 4cm clearance on all sides.
If your access does not meet these conditions, or in the case of other obstacles (steps, walls, steep hills etc.) contact Canadian Spa Company Ltd for advice and conditions.
Location and base
A sheltered environment can result in lower operating and maintenance costs. You must allow one metre clearance for access to the spas access panel for servicing.
- The site you select for your spa must be a flat, level continuous surface that contacts the bottom of the spa fully.
- Your new spa weighs between 300 and 450 kilograms dry, and when filled to capacity weighs between 900 and 2300 kilograms. Therefore, a solid support is essential when the spa is mounted on a deck or ground level patio/floor. It is recommended that you install your spa at ground level; this allows easy access to equipment.
- A 10 to 15 cm thick re-enforced concrete slab is ideal, but not required. In most cases your spa can be placed on existing patios.
- The base should be at least the size of the bottom of your spa (see spa sizes below).
- Water should always drain away from the spa. Do not locate your spa in a low run-off area since melting snow or rain could flood the area and cause pump and equipment damage.
- Do not locate the spa near or under overhead wires, keeping clear of all electrical appliances.
- For gazebos the pad sizes are as follows:
- 10 x 10 pad size 11' 1/2" x 11' 1/2"
- 10 x 14 pad size 11' 1/2" x 14' 6"
- 10 x 20 pad size 11' 1/2" x 21' 4"
Spa size, volumes and weight
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