most cities and counties, permits will be
required for the installation of electrical circuits or the
exterior surfaces (decks and gazebos).
In addition, some communities have adopted residential barrier codes
may require fencing and/or self-closing
gates on the property to prevent unsupervised access to a pool (or
children under 5 years of age. Your spa
is equipped with a locking cover that meets the ASTM F1346-91
Standard for Safety Covers and as a
result, is usually exempt from most barrier requirements. As a
your local Building Department will
inform you of any applicable barrier requirements at the time a
permit is obtained for the installation of an electrical circuit.
Your spa dealer can provide information on which permits may be
Site Selection and Preparation
IMPORTANT: Site selection
and preparation are your responsibility. Carefully read these
instructions and consult
your authorized spa dealer if you have
You probably have a spot picked out for
your new spa, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, on a patio or on a
Just make sure you check the following:
• Always put your spa on a structurally
sound, level surface. A filled spa can weigh a great deal. Make
certain that the location you choose can
support the weight of your filled spa.
• Don’t forget to level your spa before
filling it. (See Spa Leveling Instructions included in Owner’sManual.)
• Locate your equipment compartment,
which houses all of the electrical components, in a place
where water will drain away from it.
Allowing water into the equipment compartment can damage the
electronics, or may result in tripping
your house’s circuit breaker.
• Leave yourself easy access to the
circuit breakers in the subpanel (230 volt models), or to the
switch on the end of the power cord (115
• Never let water get into the subpanel
(230 volt models), into the interrupter switch (115 volt models),
or into the electrical outlet that your
spa is plugged into. Your 115 volt spa will come with a
protective box designed to keep out rain
and water from sprinkler systems. Your 230 volt spa’s subpanel
is rain tight when installed correctly
with the door closed.
• Leave access to the equipment
compartment for periodic spa care and maintenance.
Outdoor and Patio Installation
No matter where you
install your new spa, it’s important that you have a solid
foundation to support it. Structural
damage to the spa resulting from incorrect
installation or placement on an inadequate foundation is not covered
under the spa’s limited warranty.
If you install the spa outdoors, a reinforced
concrete pad at least four inches thick is required for spas.
The reinforcing rod or mesh in the pad should
be attached to a bond wire (see your Owner’s Manual). All
spas may be installed onto a deck, provided
that the load capacity of the deck is greater than the
dead weight of the spa (see Deck Installation).
If you place the spa on the ground, even
temporarily, place stepping stones under the leveling areas (see Spa
Leveling Instructions in your Owner’s Manual).
The stones should be at least two inches thick and twelve inches
square. Even with stones in place, the spa will
inevitably settle and become unlevel. Plus, a spa surrounded by
dirt or grass will soon be filled with dirt or
grass from users’ feet; therefore, it is important to get it onto a
foundation as soon as possible.
To be certain your deck
can support your spa, you must know the deck’s maximum load
capacity. Consult a
qualified building contractor or structural
engineer before you place the spa on an elevated deck or
indoors. To find the weight of your spa, its
contents and occupants, refer to the Spa Specification chart. This
weight per square foot must not exceed the
structure’s rated capacity, or serious structural damage could
Be aware of some special
requirements if you place your spa indoors. Water will accumulate
around the spa, so flooring materials must provide a good grip when
wet. Proper drainage is essential to prevent a build-up of water
around the spa. When building a new room for
the spa, it is recommended that a floor drain be installed. The
humidity will naturally increase with the spa installed. Water may
get into woodwork and produce dry rot, mildew,
or other problems. Check for airborne
moisture’s effects on exposed wood, paper, etc. in the room. To
these effects, it is best to provide plenty of
ventilation to the spa area. An architect can help to determine if
ventilation must be installed.
Your spa dealer can help you with local
information such as zoning regulations and building codes.
It may be necessary to remove a gate, part of a
fence, or other movable obstructions in order to roll the spa to its
installation site. About ten percent of the
time, a crane is the only way to install the spa by lifting it to
its final destination.
If the spa has to be taken off of the cart to
go over a wall (either because the entry area is too narrow, the
too low, the corner is too tight, or the
stairway is too steep), a crane will be required. Don’t be alarmed!
The crane has a truck-mounted boom which can
fit right in your driveway. It is run by a licensed and insured
operator. For a charge, the crane operator will
lift your spa over walls, buildings, or any other obstruction and
as close to the installation site as possible.
The spa delivery personnel will supervise the crane delivery
and complete the spa installation. Crane
delivery typically takes an average of 30 minutes to complete.
NOTE: If your spa delivery requires the use of
a crane, you may be required to pay for its services at the
completion of the delivery.
Your spa has been engineered to perform on all
common yard surfaces. While a concrete slab is best for long-term use*,other foundations are acceptable so long as a level base is prepared prior to delivery. Three foundation base pictures, shown at right, represent examples of alternatives to a concrete slab for spas installed
without gazebos or other accessories.
*NOTE: A reinforced concrete pad at least four inches thick or a deck that is able to withstand more than 115 lbs. per square foot is required for spas.
• If stepping stones or railroad ties are selected for the spa
foundation, they should be placed at the designated leveling areas
of your spa to maintain even distribution of the spa weight.
• It is important to note that soft surfaces, even when stepping
stones are used to distribute the weight of the spa as evenly aspossible, will still have a tendency to settle unevenly, resulting in an unlevel spa.
• Remember, placing the spa on grass or dirt may increase the amount of debris which is inadvertently brought into the spa water on the user’s feet.
If you are purchasing a deck package or a gazebo with your spa, a solid foundation becomes mandatory. Placing them on any surface other than a single level pad could create problems with their installation. Pictured at right are a few of the recommended surfaces.
As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to provide a suitable, level foundation for your spa. Keep in mind that most delivery crews are not equipped to level and prepare spa sites.
If you are interested in having a concrete slab, brick surface, or wood deck installed, your spa dealer should be able to suggest a qualified, licensed contractor. NOTE: In order for the spa to operate properly and the internal plumbing to drain completely, you must ensure that the spa is leveled after it has been installed. The diagrams on the following pages indicate the recommended shimming points on your spa’s base support system. Your spa delivery crew can help you perform the procedure.
Diaz bro's services a moving company since 1990 for people needing professional spa hot tubs movers specializing in transporting,relocations,removals,disposal,deliveries