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Swim Spa Site Preparation

Ensuring you have the best possible installation starts with swim spa site preparation. In short, you need to ensure that the location you plan to place the swim spa can provide the functional needs of the exercise pool you plan to place on it. Imagine a traditional swimming pool. If you did not plan for where to put it, you would need to do additional work to ensure the pool stood and remained level. It is not always an easy process, but you can do a few things to ensure the installation goes well.

Inspection and Installation by a Professional

When selecting a swim spa site, it is critical to choose a company that offers a professional who will come to your location to provide you with advice and guidance on how to set up the swim spa or will handle the installation for you. If you plan to buy online and have it shipped, there are a few things to keep in mind about this surface.

  • Ensure it is flat. Unfortunately, if you are placing it outdoors, you will quickly find that it is rare to find totally flat and level ground. If it is not flat, ensure it can be made level to ensure a proper installation.
  • For those considering the installation of a swim spa site on a deck or other supported surface, you will need to ensure it can accommodate the weight of the swim spa. Site inspections by a trained professional are often preferred in this case. It ensures support beams remain in place to protect the actual integrity of the decking.
  • For indoor use, select the lowest floor of the home for the best protection. Setting the swim spa on the floor in a basement, which is on a solid cement floor is often best because it provides for less movement and far less risk of cave ins.

If you do not plan to have a professional handle the installation, talk to the company you are buying from to ensure you follow all of the manufacturer's recommendations for the swim spa site. Most manufacturers will specifically state things like weight limit requirements and specific features the site must have in order to provide the level of strength and structure the swim spa needs.

Swim Spa Site Considerations

A swim spa site should be someplace that you want to use it. If you plan to put it outdoors, consider the placement in relation to aspects such as the sun, trees and shade. You may or may not want a surrounding for privacy. If you are placing a molded model into the deck, ensure there is enough room and there is plenty of access to electrical outlets. Consider aspects such as the following in relation to the swim spa site.

  • What size swim spa will you install? Is there enough clearance all the way around in the location you plan to place it?
  • What type of swim spa is best for your area? An indoor model provides year round use but it can be more expensive. However, if you have an enclosed deck or patio, you may not need to put it at the lowest level of the home.
  • What access will there be to things like drainage? More so, you will need to create an area that will not sag or runoff with the weight of the water.

All of these things are critical in the swim spa site selection process. With a professional, you will find it easier to choose the right site and to prepare it. This ensures overall success with the installation process.

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