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Can you have a hot tub inside your house?

Posted by Watson's on Oct 16, 2020 9:02:08 AM

Deciding where to put your hot tub is an essential aspect of planning. Hot tubs are suitable for indoor and outdoor installations. The location of your hot tub depends on personal preference, the amount of space you are working with, and whether or not the area has proper ventilation. 


Placing your hot tub in a well-ventilated area is important. When your hot tub is outside, this is typically not as big of a concern as when it is indoors. Fresh air will take care of the ventilation as long as your spa is in an open location. If you are putting your spa indoors, you must also think about installing proper ventilation to circulate the hot, moist air. 

Advantages of Having your Hot Tub Inside

When situating your hot tub indoors, you will have it in the privacy of your own home. Privacy is a big plus when considering hot tub placement. Whether you’re in an urban or suburban area, you can sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home.


The upkeep of your hot tub requires a lot less maintenance when it is placed inside. You won’t have to worry about the weather affecting it which makes it suitable for year-round use. Your hot tub cover and cabinet will remain clean and untarnished and there’s no need to worry about having to put shoes or sunscreen on when using your indoor hot tub. When your hot tub is in your home, relaxation is only a few steps away!


If you have a spare room in your home that is not being utilized, you can turn this unused space into a private, blissful escape that is conveniently located in the comfort of your own home.  

Disadvantages of Having your Hot Tub Inside

Installing your hot tub may call for making adjustments to your home. This project requires planning and potentially hiring a contractor to supervise the project. The majority of hot tubs are larger than doorways, therefore moving and delivering them might be tricky. Looking at the pre-delivery instructions and specifications as well as measuring hallways and doorways prior to purchasing your hot tub is an important step. This will let you know if any changes to your home will need to be made in order to make room for your in-home spa. 


Ensuring that the foundation is solid is important because hot tubs can weigh over 5,000 pounds when filled with water.  Significant reinforcement to your floor is often required to be able to support the weight of your hot tub. Speaking with a structural engineer about the potential structural reworking of your floor is often required and a good idea for a successful installment. However, if you plan on installing your hot tub on a basement slab, you likely won’t have to worry about reinforcement. 


Plumbing for your hot tub requires a room in your home that has running water. If the spot you are planning to situate your hot tub does not have a faucet and sink, you will need to consider installing one so you can easily drain and fill your hot tub whenever necessary. There is also the option of running a hose from outside, but that could potentially be impractical in multifamily units.


When entering and exiting the hot tub, water displacement may occur. This is especially likely when the jets are on and the hot tub is frequently used. Spilled water will cause damage to the floor which makes installing proper drainage to prevent future damage and costs is an important step. 


Indoor Hot Tubs at Watsons

At Watson’s, we offer a variety of hot tubs that are perfect for your home. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your indoor hot tub.

Topics: Spas and Hot Tubs - Supplies and Equipment

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