needs a destination resort or spa? For the price of a week-long spa
getaway, you can create a custom-designed retreat for year-round enjoyment
right in your own backyard with beautiful portable spas. We've
provided some important considerations within this section to help guide
you through the process.
about setting up your spa?
No need to worry!
With a little instruction we can set your
mind at ease and get you set up in no time. You will need a little
preparation in advance which should work out well since most individuals
will have a 4-6 week waiting period before the spa arrives at your
curbside. You will also want to make sure to read the owners manual prior
to installation as this will have specific details regarding your specific
Selecting the location: Setting the Mood
a site for your spa is a personal decision based on your intended use and
the existing features of your home and property. When choosing an outdoor
location, consider that the closer to the home the spa is located, the
easier it will be to go back and forth when it's used. Also, think about
how you plan to use your spa. Is it strictly an adults-only relaxation
environment, or will you also use it for family gatherings and social
You'll want to consider things like
accessibility-is it convenient to get to? Privacy-will you have to screen
your neighbors? And general aesthetics-will the spa look good in the
location you are considering? Also, where will users change? How is the
location of your spa in relation to the entertainment area of your home?
If your home has a scenic view or a secluded grove of trees, you many want
to create a special area so that your spa makes the most of this
When choosing a location for your spa you
don't have to place it on a concrete surface, although this is highly
recommended to keep it solid and level for proper filtering and use. If a
concrete slab isn't available or not appropriate for your needs, verify
that the floor structure beneath the spa is strong enough to support the
full weight of your spa when it is filled along with the maximum number of
adults inside the tub. The number of gallons the spa can hold can be
multiplied by 8.3 pounds (weight of one gallon of water) plus 175 pounds
per adult. (If you have a question on this weight, pleas call us and we'll
be glad to help) Your local contractor or building inspector can help you
with this determination for your placement.
will need to have a level surface firm enough to support your spa when
full. It is recommended that a concrete slab be used for both support and
to keep the spa from excess moisture on the ground. This will maintain the
wood and other components for a longer period of time. You will also find
that if you place your spa on dirt, grass or small gravel, you will track
in excess debris into your spa causing more frequent cleaning. Make sure
if you do place your spa in these types of areas that you provide pavers
or a brick or other type of walkway to reduce this problem.
If you choose to place the spa inside some special considerations need to
be taken into account. Because spas are heated, more water will emanate
from the tub requiring ventilation especially in smaller rooms. The room
should contain a ventilation fan or vent to allow the spas extra heat and
moisture to escape. A bathroom fan is often used for this purpose.
Getting your location ready:
Unless you are placing your spa on a patio or other concrete surface, it
is time to prepare your location. Here are a few tips on preparation that
should make life a little easier for you.
We will discuss several foundations that you can choose from to place your
spa on. There are no "best" ways of doing this. . .just preferences and
how much you want to spend will most likely determine your choice.
First you will need a firm level surface. It does not have to be perfectly
level, but get it as close as possible. If you are laying the spa on a
grassy surface, you will need to first remove the sod to get down to the
soil. Check the dimensions of your spa and call us if you have any
questions. Remember measure twice, dig once.
Here are some viable options you can
|Gravel: Gravel is commonly used as a foundation because it is cheap, easy to find, effective, and good for keeping water away from the outside of your spa. The easiest way to prepare a gravel surface is to shovel the gravel into place and use a 2x4 and a level to obtain a good surface.
Pressure Treated Wood:
This is another method of preparing your foundation. This provides a nice clean installation with very little effort. Pressure treated wood is rot-resistant and extremely durable. Cutting the wood to the right size and making sure it's level is about all you will need to do. It is not important what kind of lumber or wood you use for this (2x4, 4x4, or railroad ties) as long as it's pressure treated. Your local Home Depot or equivalent store can help you with this.
|Concrete Stepping Stones or Bricks:
Another foundation choice is pre-cast concrete stepping stones. Available inexpensively at any home center, they are simple to set up. Depending on the size of your spa and the stones, two rows of four (8) or three rows of three (9) is usually enough, if evenly spaced. Make sure they are well seated and level.
| Cement Foundation:
Although more expensive, a poured concrete slab is good choice for a permanent installation, and can be made a little wider than the spa to provide for a clean walkway and
Other points to consider:
If installing your spa below grade, ensure
that there is sufficient drainage for rainwater runoff.
Check the location and setup of your spa for
conformity to local building and electrical codes.
If planned location is to be on a deck,
consult your local building department, licensed contractor, or
structural engineer for advice or assistance on load requirements.
Portable Hot Tubs Delivery Access: Clear the
Prior to the arrival of your new spa, you should ensure that there is
clear access for moving the spa from the truck to the setup location. It
may be necessary to remove a section of fence, trim tree branches or
shrubs, move a doghouse, firewood stack or any other protrusions that
might be in the way. Check also for overhead
Receiving your Delivery:
You will be receiving your spa factory-direct and it will be shipped by
northAmerican Van Lines which is a professional moving company.
northAmerican will contact you by phone several times in advance of
the delivery, to let you know the expected arrival window. You will need
to be on hand for the delivery during a 3-4 hour window which you can work
out with them. northAmerican Van Lines is a professional moving
company who uses trucks which have an air ride system to protect your spa
during delivery. They professionally wrap the spa with several
moving blankets and have special cranes and hydraulic tail gates to safely
remove the new spa from their truck. Your spa should arrive in
excellent condition, however if there is any visible damage you need to
report it at that time so northAmerican can take care of the repairs right
Curbside delivery, what does that
mean?All spas are delivered curbside. All spa companies deal with
this same issue of delivery and setting up the spa, however not all spa
companies use northAmerican! The spa is delivered by two
professional movers at the time of delivery. These delivery people
will place the spa on your driveway or front walk for you. You have
a choice on how to move the spa to its final destination. You
may either arrange to have 4-6 friends come over and help you
lift the spa and get it on a dolly to move it
to it's final location or you can have the northAmerican movers do this
for you. There will be an additional fee ($249) to have additional
men accompany the driver and their assistant and have them
move it to the final destination. Note: You must arrange in advance so they know they
will need to move the spa for you. We at Discount Spas Direct will
be happy to assist in arranging this for you if you would like.
Using a dolly makes it easy!
When the spa is off the truck, it's usually not difficult to move it to
the designated location is with a simple furniture dolly. Nothing more
than a wheeled wood frame with carpeted pads, they're available at rental
shops for about $5 - $10 a day.
dolly with bigger wheels will be less likely to get hung-up in sidewalk
cracks or other obstructions.
your spa on sidewalks and other hard flat surfaces should be easy on the
dolly. If the distance is short, some people carry the spa, but we
recommend a dolly.
Lawns or uneven surfaces
If you anticipate any difficulty in moving the spa over uneven ground
or lawn areas, you can prepare a smooth runway from a sheet of 5/8"
plywood, cut in half to 2 ft. x 4 ft. planks.
is important to note that for the Warranty to be in effect, the electrical connections must
be wired in accordance with all applicable local electrical codes, by a
licensed electrician. You can save some expense by doing any necessary
trenching required for buried cabling yourself, if you so desire.
spa cabinetry is usually not necessary for a clean electrical installation.
Some models may require some cabinet drilling, or restrict the connection
to one location. Consult your owner's manual.
The National Electrical Code
requires that a manual disconnect device for your hot tub be installed at
least 5 ft. away, and within 15 ft. (line of sight) of the spa for safety.
recommend you use a professional electrician or contractor to set this up
for you. They are trained in this type of work and usually do not
charge a lot to set this electrical piece up for you. You can call
us for the specifics on the electrical requirements of your spa so that
this can be in place when the spa arrives. The warranty also
specifies that the electrical must be connected by a professional to be in
Electrical service must be a dedicated GFCI
Proper grounding and bonding must be
Circuit must be rated at appropriate
amperage per spa power requirements and electrical codes.
All electrical connections to be provided by
a licensed electrician in accordance with local codes.
Completely read and understand your owner's
manual prior to installation or operation of spa.
Consult with your building department for local electrical code
Filling your spa
for the first time...
With your spa in its final location and wired correctly, you can begin
with startup. Make sure you have read your owner's manual before
Turn off all electrical power to the
equipment at the circuit breaker.
Make sure that the spa's gate valves are
open (consult owner's manual).
Check to see that drain valve is closed.
Clean interior of spa with suitable mild,
non-foaming, non-abrasive cleaner.
Check to see that the filter(s) are properly
Using garden hose, fill spa with clean cold
water to level specified in owner's manual. Low water levels can cause
damage to the pump and heater element.
Open equipment door and observe for any
leaks around union fittings. Tighten if necessary.
Turn on power at the circuit breaker.
Operate your spa's controls per owner's
Balance your water chemistry and use a
Do not expect to immediately feel
hot water from the jets. Initially, the hot tub may take approximately
7-8 hours to heat, depending upon its size and other factors.
Call us with any