The recent situation across the UK, and in the wider world, has seen people looking for ways to improve their outdoor experience at home.
Whether that is by taking a staycation or improving their gardens as locations to relax and enjoy their downtime, staying in is now very much the new going out in many respects.
Indeed, Which reports that hot tub sales rose by a whopping 1,000% in April as people faced up to the reality of staying at home for weeks on end. By introducing a hot tub to their garden, they sought to give their outdoor space additional appeal, especially through the mild summer nights where they could relax, beverage in hand and feel like they were on holiday.
Even as life begins to return to normal, developing your home to a more leisure-friendly space is something that is sure to appeal, and if it is a hot tub you desire, we have just the guide for you. If you are thinking of buying a hot tub, look no further than our handy guide of things to consider.
Before anything else, make sure you have the right space to put your hot tub in. Try to avoid aspects that might concern you further down the line, such as being overlooked by a neighbour, which could cause you not to enjoy being in your tub. If you have a large garden, remember you will need an electricity feed to power the tub, as well as drainage options too.
Once you have decided you have space and you know where you want to put your tub, you will need to consider a base. Much like a shed or outbuilding, a hot tub needs a stable base upon which to rest. Hot Tub Owner HQ advises that grass is not suitable; it is uneven and will result in the hot tub possibly sitting at an odd angle, which is unsuitable. A concrete base is highly recommended, so think about putting it on an existing patio, or installing a concrete slab base, especially for your tub. It is possible to buy a product specifically for the base, which offers some light drainage facilities too, ensuring long-term stability.
Water and Drainage
A hot tub takes a lot of water, and you will need to ensure you have access to a water supply via a hosepipe at the very least. Also, if the chlorine level in your tub does not exceed 3-5mg, you will be able to drain your tub directly into the main system. This will mean making additions to the drainage setup you have currently by adding the tub. You should also look into cover for your plumbing and drainage, as protection post-install will give you a degree of peace of mind. This plumbing and drainage comparison guide on HomeServe will give you a good idea of what cover will provide you when making adjustments to your home. And although hot tubs are not plumbed in directly to your water supply, they will need adequate drainage. You can ensure your drains are covered, meaning your installation will not have any nasty surprises for you further down the line.
On Delivery Day
On the day, your tub is delivered, there is little you will need to do. If you have followed the guidelines above, it should be easy for your installer to simply lift it in and set it up. Of course, they will need to get access to the area you intend to have the hot tub, possibly even craning it in over a wall or building, so make sure neighbours are aware of your plans too.
Once it is in, simply fill up and enjoy the experience of being on holiday at home with your loved ones.
If you are looking for tips to improve your garden generally, without the costly installation of a hot tub, be sure to check out our regular posts on gardening tips, the most recent of which is titled September Gardening Advice for the New (And Not So New) Gardener.