Luxury Hot Tubs At Home: Your Hot Tub FAQs Answered

By Blue Cube on Thursday, 22nd Feb 2024 in Tips & Tricks.

So, you’re considering adding a touch of luxury to your home with a hot tub? Congratulations! The soothing warmth, the bubbling relaxation, and the therapeutic benefits await you. But before you dive in, you likely have a few questions buzzing in your mind. 

Not to worry, though! We’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to address all your queries and ensure your hot tub journey is as seamless as possible.

Section 1: Preparation For a Hot Tub FAQs

When preparing for a luxury hot tub or spa installation, there are several critical considerations that homeowners must address. These considerations range from choosing the right location to understanding the electrical requirements and the ongoing maintenance. 

In this section, we’ll go through frequently asked questions related to preparing your home for that luxurious addition, ensuring you are fully informed before making any commitments.

Do you need planning permission to install a hot tub?

Typically, no planning permission is required for domestic hot tub installations. However, if your property falls within a conservation area or is listed, it’s wise to consult your local authority for confirmation.

Can I relocate my hot tub after installation?

Most large hot tubs are portable, it just takes a few more specialist engineers to successfully relocate the hot tub for you. Relocation of your hot tub can give a new lease of life to your garden, yet you need to be careful not to cause damage during the relocation process. 

Hot tub relocation services are highly skilled and experienced and can make your hot tub relocation as stress free as possible. Reducing your hot tub down time and ensuring you can relax again in your hot tub without delay. Contact us to arrange your hot tub or spa relocation.

What preparations are necessary before installing a hot tub?

Consider access to your chosen installation spot. Ensure you have a solid base for your hot tub; grass isn’t recommended due to potential ground movement. Additionally, access to power and water supply is essential. If sinking your spa, factor in maintenance access as well.

Section 2: Hot or Not FAQs

A frequent decision hot tub owners face is whether to keep their hot tubs heated continuously or to only heat them before use. In this section, we’ll explore the benefits and drawbacks of each approach to help you make an informed decision that suits your lifestyle and budget.

Is it more efficient to keep the hot tub hot or heat it up for each use?

For daily users, it will be more  economical to keep the tub heated year-round.  If you won’t be using your hot tub during the winter months, draining and decommissioning are recommended to prevent frost damage. Although winter is when you’ll gain the most health benefits from using your hot hydrotherapy machine.

For any avid hot tub user we’d recommend a heat pump to save on the energy usage of your hot tub. These pumps are external to the hot tub and replace the internal heater. You could save upto 70% in heating costs with an inverter heat pump fitted to your tub.

How long does it take to fill a hot tub?

Filling time varies based on size, with a 300-gallon spa taking approximately 1.5 – 2 hours using a garden hose pipe. It will take even longer if you preheat the water first. Ensure your garden hose is of sufficient length to reach your hot tub’s location.

Section 3: Spa Maintenance FAQs

Maintaining your home hot tub is crucial for ensuring its longevity and your ability to enjoy it without interruption. In this section, we tackle all the essential aspects of spa maintenance, from draining your tub to cleaning routines. 

Whether you’re a new hot tub owner or looking to improve your maintenance game, these FAQs will guide you through the best practices to keep your hot tub ready for relaxation at any moment.

How do you optimally maintain a hot tub?

To maintain your hot tub optimally, regularly check and balance the pH and alkalinity levels. Shock the water weekly with a non-chlorine shock treatment to eliminate organic contaminants. Monitor sanitizer levels daily and adjust as needed.

How do you drain a hot tub?

Most hot tubs have bottom drains for easy draining using a hose pipe. If not, submersible hot tub pumps can be used. Remember, always check your manufacturer’s instructions before draining and refilling your spa.

What is an optimal hot tub cleaning routine?

For your at-home hot tubs, routinely drain and clean your spa every 3-4 months to prevent a build-up of biofilm and other contaminants. Use hot tub specific cleaning products and avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the spa’s materials. A soft cloth or sponge should be used to avoid scratching the surface, and never use corrosive chemicals or cleaning supplies.

How do you mend hairline spa cracks?

Cracks can occur due to various factors. Repair methods depend on the shell material. Fibreglass shells can be re-fiberglassed, while acrylic shells can be fixed using acrylic pellets melted with acetone.

How do you remove limescale and biofilms?

Annual use of a spa cleaner like Hot Tub Flush helps maintain the tub’s cleanliness and removes limescale and biofilms. For stubborn cases, a professional cleaning with acidic-based products might be necessary. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for any cleaning products used in your hot tub for optimal results.

Section 4: Troubleshooting Spa Issues FAQs

Even with diligent maintenance, hot tub owners may occasionally encounter operational issues. From our years in the industry, we have gathered expert advice to support you in keeping your hot tub experience serene and stress-free.

Why won’t my hot tub stay hot?

Several factors, such as a faulty heater, circulation pump, or insufficient water, could prevent heating. Consult your supplier or seek professional advice if the issue persists, as these are complicated issues that require specific expertise. Plus, you deserve to relax in a properly heated hot tub!

I have frozen hot tub pipes, what can I do?

Wait until the water thaws, then check for leaks. Keeping your hot tub heater on or decommissioning the tub during cold months can prevent freezing. The best way to do this would be to contact a professional to assess the damage and make any repairs.

How do you stop hot tub leaks?

If your hot tub is frequently leaking, you should hire a professional for a leak test and prompt repair. In a general sense, leak prevention tactics include regular maintenance checks, ensuring a safe pH level, and avoiding chemical imbalances.

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What do you do if your spa water is cloudy?

Use a flocculant to clump dust particles for easier filtration. If bacterial buildup is the cause, shock the tub and double the sanitizer or filter cleaner dose.

Why is my hot tub green?

Green water indicates active bacteria and algae. Drain, clean, shock, and refill the tub to resolve the issue. Regular maintenance and proper sanitation can prevent this problem from recurring. For severe cases, contact a professional for assistance.

Section 5: Hot Tub & Spa Water Care FAQs

Hot tubs require proper water care in order to maintain the health, longevity, and enjoyment of your hot tub experience. This section provides answers to frequently asked questions surrounding the intricate balance of hot tub water chemistry and the best practice for water care. 

We’ll explore the multifaceted approach to ensuring the cleanliness, safety, and clarity of your spa water, giving you peace of mind and a pristine soaking environment.

What does an Ozone generator do?

Ozone generators oxidise bacteria, reducing the need for sanitizers like chlorine or bromine. An ozone system comes as standard in most modern hot tubs due the vast amount saved in chemical costs.

Can you put soap into a hot tub?

Avoid using soap as it causes foam and builds up scum and bacteria. Shower before using the hot tub to minimise contaminants, and if water cleanliness is your concern, consider using a hot tub purifier or clarifier instead.

Do I have to use chemicals in my hot tub?

Yes, spa water sanitation is required to prevent bacterial buildup. Alternatives to chlorine include active oxygen and bromine, but your best bet is to stick with the recommended products from your manufacturer or hot tub maintenance professional.

Section 6: Best Hot Tub For Home FAQs

Choosing the perfect hot tub for your home can be overwhelming, with an array of options available on the market. This section aims to answer frequently asked questions to guide you in making an informed decision that best suits your needs and budget.

What is the best type of hot tub to get for home?

While many types of hot tubs and home spas exist, true luxury lies in a tiled luxury spas, and a plug-and-play hot tub is ideal for portability with easy installation. Explore different options with your manufacturer or supplier to find the perfect fit.

What size hot tub should I get?

The size of your hot tub will depend on factors such as your available space, number of users, and desired features and creative hot tub accessories. Consider the seating capacity, dimensions, and layout to determine the best fit for your home.

What are the benefits of owning a hot tub?

Hot tubs offer many benefits, including health benefits like relaxation, stress relief, better sleep, pain relief, and socialisation. It can also add value to your own home and promote overall wellness. Read this article for all the health benefits you can expect from regular hot tub usage.

How much does a home hot tub cost?

The cost of hot tubs can vary greatly depending on size, water features and brand. On average, hot tub prices range from around £5,000 to £15,000, however with a bespoke spa installation you can ensure a tailored installation that considers your budget and desired features when making a decision.

Closing Thoughts

With these FAQs addressed, you’re now well-equipped to embark on your very own hot tub journey. Remember, regular maintenance and responsible usage are key to enjoying your luxurious oasis for years to come. Happy soaking!