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Hot tubs are a relaxing addition to your home, and indoor hot tubs have several advantages over those installed outside. Indoor hot tubs can be used year-round, in all kinds of weather, and offer more privacy than a spa built outside. However, an indoor spa cannot go just anywhere. If you decide to have an indoor hot tub installed in your home, there are a few things to consider first.

Weight: A hot tub can weigh 2,000 pounds, or one ton, once it is filled with water. That figure doesn’t include the weight of the people who will be using the hot tub. Therefore, perhaps the most important consideration is that your hot tub must be built on a flat surface that can support a large amount of weight. A home inspector will probably be able to tell you if the floor on which you want to install your hot tub can support its weight. Alternatively, you may want to add an extra room to accommodate your new spa.

Ventilation: Showering each day in a bathroom that isn’t properly ventilated quickly leads to the growth of mold and mildew in your bathtub. It’s at least as important to have proper ventilation in the room where your indoor hot tub will be installed, since indoor hot tubs that run for 15 minutes release as much water vapor as a 15-minute shower. Humidity also comes from water splashed outside the spa and dripping people stepping in and out of the tub. Dehumidifiers and insulated wall coverings can help prevent ventilation problems in the room that holds your indoor spa.

Flooring: Installing a hot tub in a carpeted area can lead to the growth of mold and bacteria in your carpet. Still, other kinds of flooring can be damaged if they are near a hot tub. Some types of tiles, for example, will absorb water, causing them to crack and become home to bacteria over time. A hot tub or flooring expert can give you advice on types of flooring that can stand up to humidity and dampness and provide a solid surface for wet feet. If you can, it’s a good idea to install a floor drain to prevent water from accumulating around your indoor hot tub.

Many contractors specialize in hot tub installation and can answer your questions about indoor hot tubs and how one would best fit in your home.

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