Tips For A Successful Indoor Hot Tub Installation
Turning a room in your house into a private spa with a hot tub is a dream of many homeowners. There are a few things to consider when planning the space to get the perfect results. A few simple mistakes will create a smelly, dangerous room that you'll rarely use. Take good notes and learn how to have the perfect indoor spa and hot tub that will be the envy of your neighbors.
Measure, Measure, Measure
Take measurements of the entire room and sketch out a diagram of it to take with you to the hot tub showroom. You'll need space around the tub to get in and out, space for the plumbing components and drains, and enough height if you are not installing a floor-level tub. Also remember that you need to get the tub into the room. That may require taking doors and frames off, or even modifying a wall.
Keep the Room Safe
Pick the right flooring material for the room. It will get wet when people are stepping out of the tub and due to condensation. Wood and carpet are not good choices. A non-slip tile with a matte finish is durable and can be installed to direct the flow of water. When your plumber is installing the water lines for your hot tub, have them put a drain in the center of the room where the tile can be slanted to remove excess moisture.
Construction for Ease of Maintenance
Work with your plumbing company to place the controls where they are out of the way but easy to access. Filters and pumps can be behind fold-out panels in the base of the hot tub. If the plumber can also route the water line shutoffs and drain access in the same space, then you have one area containing all of the controls you need to maintain the tub.
Keep the Walls Dry
Like your bathroom when you take a hot shower, your spa room will quickly fill up with steam when the hot tub cover is off and you're enjoying the tub. This will permeate regular drywall and promote mold and mildew growth. Cement walls or tile are good choices for the room. Cedar is soft and porous and often used in spas. Water-resistant drywall used in bathrooms can be used in your spa. Always use a vapor barrier behind your choice of wall covering to protect studs and joists from water damage.
Keep the Air Moving
You'll also want to install a vent fan to draw moisture out of the room. The tiny bathroom exhaust fans won't do. You'll need a commercial model with its own ductwork to the exterior of the house. Get one that works on a timer, thermostat and humidistat so it will turn on and off throughout the day depending on the humidity level of the room. A plumbing service can install a dehumidifier in the room if the fan doesn't keep the room dry enough to prevent musty smells.
Plan your home spa room carefully. Pay attention to these details so the room will stay safe and comfortable and be a place you'll want to visit several time each week.
For more information, you may want to contact a local plumbing company, like Absolute Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Services Inc.