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Thinking About a Hot Tub? Keep These Things in Mind

cedar deck with hot tubThere are few better ways to enjoy your outdoor living space than soaking in a relaxing hot tub. Indeed, many homeowners can’t resist the allure of installing a hot tub onto a new cedar or composite deck – as of 2008, there were nearly 6 million hot tubs in existence nationwide.

If you’re thinking about placing a hot tub on an existing deck, or if you’re planning to build a new deck, keep these hot tub placement tips in mind as you design your space:

  • Your deck will need to be strong enough to support the considerable weight of a hot tub. An older or existing deck may need to be reinforced.
  • Make sure there is a dedicated 110- or 220-volt outlet nearby.
  • Place your hot tub within reach of a garden hose.
  • Do not place your hot tub within 10 feet of overhead power lines.
  • Research your city and local safety codes to ensure your installed hot tub meets them.

May is National Water Safety Month. Check out these hot tub safety tips.

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3 Responses to “Thinking About a Hot Tub? Keep These Things in Mind”

  1. Laura white says:

    Hi! We are in SE Portland and would love to get an estimate on new deck with partial overhead cover for hottub area. There is an existing deck and hottub in place, so it’s easier to visualize and measure. Basically a replacement.

    Thank you! Laura

  2. Great article, Rick. With an aging population, hot tubs are a great therapeutic feature. Even if you are not planning for one immediately, it is helpful to plan homes and decks for “if we ever want a hot tub, it would be best (x marks the spot)”. We always encourage new builds to include appropriate wiring to accommodate a hot tub.

  3. NicoleK says:

    Hi Vivian. Thank you for the great tips!

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