Preparing Your Yard For Hot Tub Installation

One of our most Frequently Asked Questions is: “I don’t have a lot of outdoor space at my home. Will my hot tub or swim spa “fit” in my space?”  We want people to know that regardless of your space, Arctic Spas has a hot tub to fit your needs. 

We find that our customers are looking for designs that blend into the backyard setting with cleaner lines and a more “organic” look.  Take a look at our Image Gallery or our Pinterest Page for design inspiration!

How To Prepare for Hot Tub Installation:

Step 1: Start by selecting a site for the hot tub.

Always put your spa on a structurally sound, level surface. A filled spa can weigh a great deal. With an Arctic SpasⓇ Forever Floor™ – we have built the pad built into the tub which takes away all the ground prep for you –  all you need is a level surface.   This surface has to be firm and solid to prevent uneven settling that can damage the hot tub. Most hot tub warranties require a 4″ reinforced concrete pad, but not us! With an Arctic SpaⓇ  you just need to be sure that the site is sufficiently firm and level. Popular options include pavers, sidewalk blocks, timbers, washed rock, and commercial spa pads. Any of these will provide a level, solid, well-drained surface for your new spa.

If you want to install your Hot Tub on your Deck, we recommend you consult a qualified building contractor or structural engineer to determine the deck’s maximum load capacity.

You should also consider the distance to a water source and electrical.

Step 2: Installation Equipment

Hot tub installation usually requires specialized moving equipment and at least two experienced technicians.Typically, Arctic Spas dealers deliver your spa using a pneumatic-tire dolly and (in most cases), rolls it in through the standard (40″) gate opening. Some spas are up to 41″ wide, so we will ask you to measure to ensure your opening is wide enough. Otherwise, we’ll look at other options such as removing a section of fence, etc.

Step 3:  Wiring A Hot Tub

In the United States and Canada, it is required by law that wiring a hot tub should only be done by a certified electrician. Every Arctic Spas dealership can refer you to an electrician who has experience wiring hot tubs, we invite you to contact us for free advice and to introduce you to the lineup of hot tub accessories, supplies and services we offer.

Step 4: Start Up

Your installation team will work with you to ensure you fill the Hot Tub with water to approximately 4″ above the top of the filter. No plumber is required; your hot tub is entirely self-contained. Fill it using a garden hose hooked up to an outdoor faucet. When the Hot Tub is filled to the proper level, You can turn the power to the spa on by turning on the GFCI breaker in your panel. 

Next, you will adjust the chemicals and balance the water according to your manuals instructions. Finally, set the temperature control to the desired temperature (between 100°F and 104°F), then place the insulated cover on the Hot Tub to allow the water temperature to stabilize. 

How long before I can use my new spa?

Normally, your spa should be up to temperature within 6 and 14 hours.