Are you ready to invest in a new hot tub, but you’re unsure where to start or how to get electrical power to your backyard? At Mr. Electric of Dallas, we provide quality residential and commercial electrical services for local clients including outdoor circuit installations, wiring upgrades and more. Our team of certified electricians enjoy helping our North Texas customers find ways to improve their electrical system, and we want to help you achieve the same results for your property. Here are some tips on proper hot tub installation, and what you can do to ensure that your new spa is safe and ready to use.
Choose the Right Location
The first step to a successful installation is proper placement. Think about how your outdoor space is used, and where the ideal location might be. How close are your neighbors? Do you want to have the hot tub in the center of your backyard entertainment area, next to an existing swimming pool or in a secluded gazebo by your herb garden? Keep in mind issues like proximity to power lines, outdoor structures and roof runoff so you can enjoy your hot tub without worrying about safety or comfort.
Create a Stable Foundation
Next, you will need to ensure that your hot tub has a strong, durable foundation. Even small hot tubs can be extremely heavy when filled with water and people. If you are going to install the hot tub onto an existing deck or slab foundation, make sure it can withstand the maximum weight. If you are going to place it further away from your home, then you may need to invest in a quality concrete foundation, gravel base or prefabricated pad that can support your specific model.
Install or Upgrade Outdoor Electrical Outlets
Hot tubs require a substantial amount of energy. Be sure you have access to a 220 - 240 volt/50 - 60 amp circuit. You’ll also need a GFCI outlet to protect yourself against safety hazards. In order to keep your property up to code you will also need to install an emergency shut-off switch. These electrical upgrades need to be performed by a certified and insured electrician with hands on experience. Investing in professional services will improve the safety of your guests and loved ones and ensure that your electrical system remains compliant with current regulations.
Put the Tub into Place and Fill it With Water
After the electrical work is completed, it’s time to position your new hot tub. Turn off the electrical power at the breaker box. Fill it up with water and check for signs of leaks. You may need to tighten fittings or change a damaged hose. Skipping this step could result in long term water damage. If everything looks well, then you can restore the power, adjust the settings according to the manufacturers instructions and test it out.
Do You Need an Electrical Upgrade for Your New Hot Tub? Call Mr. Electric of Dallas Today
Is it time for your hot tub installation? Get your electrical system ready for your new investment. Call the experts at Mr. Electric of Dallas today and schedule an appointment with a certified, licensed and insured electrician in your local North Texas neighborhood.