Can I Put a Hot Tub in My Basement? (Yes, but Do This First)

Last Updated on December 3, 2020

The luxury and satisfaction that comes with owning a hot tub can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors.

If you are one who values privacy a lot, then you might fancy having your hot tub indoors, probably in your basement. But can you put a hot tub in your basement? Here is what I found out.

Yes! You can put your hot tub in the basement. The basement of your home is one of the strongest parts of the building. The basement by extension is structurally part of the foundation of your home which makes it very much capable of supporting the weight of your hot tub.

You just have to put a call through to a building contractor and consider a few extra factors such as the ventilation and a stable water supply.

But that’s just one part. How do you get water out of the basement? How do you refill the hot tub in the basement? And what are the advantages of having a hot tub in the basement? You see there is a lot more to know about hot tubs and putting them in basements. So, let’s get down to it.

Is It Advisable to Put My Hot Tub in My Basement?

Having a hot tub placed in the basement is an amazing idea. Either you want to go through with it or not is totally up to you but by putting your hot tub in your basement, you will get the comfort, satisfaction, and relaxation of a hot tub with two major additional advantages; “convenience and privacy.”

If you have a big yard or compound, your hot tub could have been installed a bit far from the home itself though still in the same compound.

This can pose a few light concerns especially when you think of walking that distance to get a warm dip and then back to the home when you already feel tired and relaxed.

You might also live in highly populated areas and you don’t want people looking at you when you take a dip in the tub. These concerns can cause you to consider a more convenient alternative.

Your basement can be that alternative. The concrete floor already makes it possible to support the full weight of the tub. The downside is you have to worry about possible issues like ventilation, the wiring, getting water to the tub, draining the tub, and a whole lot more.

When you think of all these factors, it makes the whole process of moving your hot tub downstairs a bit tedious. It might even become a bigger task if the basement needs remodeling or reinforcements.

Not to worry though, it’s possible to get your hot tub down to the basement. You simply just have to contact a professional building contractor to make recommendations and help you out.

Can I Put My Inflatable Hot Tub in My Basement?

Of course. Virtually any base that can support the weight of a regular hot tub can also support the weight of an inflatable hot rub. Your inflatable hot tub can go anywhere as long as the base is flat and strong enough. When it comes to placing your hot tub in a basement, it is relatively easier to get an inflatable hot tub in the basement than a regular hot tub.

If you just purchased the inflatable hot tub, you can carry it down to the basement yourself and inflate it. If you already had the inflatable hot tub installed somewhere else prior, simply drain the tub, deflate the tub and carry it down to the basement where you inflate it again.

Fill it with water and you are good to go. But as with a regular hot tub, you also have to take into consideration other factors like ventilation, draining, and refilling the tub when it’s in the basement.

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The Advantages of Putting a Hot Tub in Your Basement

Putting your hot tub in the basement will give you a better hot tub experience than having your hot tub outdoors if you take your time and effort to plan the installment properly. By placing your hot tub indoors,

  • You get privacy. If you are someone who values your privacy or your yard can be overlooked by passersby and neighbors, then having your hot tub in the basement is a great fit. You can enjoy a relaxing dip in the tub with some peace, quiet, and privacy.
  • You can make the best out of your space. Basements are usually roomy. You will have a lot of space to work with and this can be a good thing. In your basement, you can make the best of high-tech spa entertainment. You can have a TV in the basement and binge-watch your favorite series on Netflix while enjoying a refreshing dip in your hot tub. If you will be having a TV and other appliances in your basement with the hot tub, then you need proper ventilation as the hot tub will produce a lot of steam and that can damage the TV and other home appliances you put in the basement.

A hot tub in the basement will also be a great way to entertain your friends and family when they come for a visit. Trust me, you’ll find it hard to make them leave.

  • Lower power or electricity bills. One reason why the hot tub spikes up your power bills is that it takes longer to heat the water in the cold outer temperature. The temperature in your basement will be warmer than the temperature outside. So the water will get heated faster and the tub will use lesser energy.
  • You can enjoy a dip without the weather getting in the way. Ever planned on enjoying a dip in the tub and as you get in, rain starts to fall or the sun becomes hotter? Well, you wouldn’t have to worry about this if the hot tub is placed in the basement. You can enjoy a warm dip even when it’s raining outside or snowing.
  • You get to use the hot tub any time if it is placed in the basement. After all, it’s in your home. You can also enjoy a bath when it’s dark without bugs and wasps being attracted to the lights of the hot tub.
  • You don’t have to worry too much about pest control. With a hot tub placed in the basement, you don’t have to get overworked thinking about pest control. It would become more difficult for reptiles, flies, and rodents to get into your basement than it would be for them if the tub was placed outdoors.

Overall, having your hot tub in your basement can transform your idea of a warm relaxing dip.

Related Read: How to Use an Inflatable Hot Tub in Winter?

How to Refill a Hot Tub in the Basement?

Placing your hot tub in the basement means you have to consider different factors such as getting water into the tub.

You have done all the hard work and you have put your hot tub in your basement. But, how to refill a hot tub in the basement? The process is easy, you can either use a hose, or use tap water if you have it installed in your basement.

If you have a tap in your basement, then hurray! to you, but what if you don’t? Do you have to carry buckets of water down the basement repeatedly? Well, no. There are a few methods to fill and refill your hot tub.

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You Can Use a Hose

You can purchase a long hose and fix it to a tap in your bathroom or any part of the house. Just ensure that the water pressure isn’t too much so you don’t create a mess in the process of filling or refilling your hot tub. You can get a quality host for $30-$50.

You Can Work on Getting a Tap Fixed in the Basement

If it is your home, then you can put a call through to the plumber to help you fix a working tap in the basement. This might require a bit of digging.

If the house is rented, you should talk to your landlord before doing such. Also, be careful not to place the hot tub on a fixed water pipe.

What Should I Consider Before Putting My Hot Tub in My Basement?

As with any surface or foundation, you need to consider a few factors and take extra precautions before you place your hot tub in the basement. So what should you consider?

Inspect the Floor

Basements usually have a concrete or brick floor. If you have any of this in your basement, you just have to be sure the floor is level and then you can go ahead with the plan.

If you have an earth floor (sand floor), it wouldn’t work for a hot tub. Hot tubs weigh a lot when at full capacity. Even the small 2-3 person models can weigh well over 3000 pounds.

That weight will cause the hot tub to sink into the ground sooner or later. This will eventually damage the frame of your tub and the floor too and then you will have a new problem on your hands.

Inspecting the floor also involves checking for any pipes, electrical wiring, or sewage pipes in the basement. Placing heavy equipment like a hot tub on such pipes or wires will damage the pipe and then you will need to spend a lot more to correct that damage.

How to Get the Hot Tub Into the Basement

Having a hot tub in the basement is cool and all but how do you get the hot tub there? If you have an inflatable hot tub, you shouldn’t have any problem at all getting the tub in the basement.

But if you have a regular wooden tub, this might be the biggest problem you will encounter. Basements usually have a staircase and a regular door leading to its entrance.

Most hot tubs wouldn’t fit into that space which means you need to figure out how to get the tub in there. Not to mention the weight of the tub which can be about 800 pounds even when empty.

Your best bet is to contact the hot tub dealer or store to come and have a look. They will let you know if the task is possible or not. I have heard of professionals taking apart hot tubs and then assembling them later on. This might work for you in this case.

If it’s not a rented apartment and you want the hot tub in the basement, you might need to remove the door and break the walls a bit to get more space. Ultimately, the best decision would be the one you and your hot tub dealer agree on.

The Electrical Set Up

A hot tub needs to be plugged-in to work. If you have a power outlet or wall socket in the basement, it’s not all good news yet.

You still have to check if the socket is capable of carrying the electrical load of a hot tub. Most power outlets aren’t so you might need to get a hot tub electrician to make recommendations and help you out.

Also, if you are thinking of getting a TV and other appliances down there, you will need to have a few more sockets installed. Overall, getting an electrician will be the best option.

A Stable Water Source

You need to fill the hot tub with water to have a bath in it. This is a slight problem though. Just get a long hose and fix it to any tap in the house or get a plumber to work a tap in the basement.

The Drainage

Getting water in is the easy part. Draining the water from your tub might require a few extra modulations to your basement depending on where you live.

Some city laws allow you to drain water in your yard and you can also use the drained water as irrigation. If this is allowed in your city, simply connect a hose to your hot tub and drain the water out the window of the basement.

However, if you live in cities where you need to get rid of water by draining it into the sewer, this might be another reason to contact the plumber.

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Humidity Control and Ventilation

When water is heated, there is a lot of steam produced. The more the water, the more the steam and your hot tub can contain over 500 gallons of water depending on the size you have.

If you do not ensure adequate ventilation, you will end up with another problem on your hands as the room will become very damp.

The water vapor will damage the walls, floor, and ceilings. If this continues, it will become difficult to breathe in the basement and the vapor can also weaken the building over time.

This means you will have to consider opening more windows or creating more windows if you don’t have enough in the basement. Another alternative is to get a good de-humidifier in the basement for a price range of $200 – $400.

Though having a hot tub placed in the basement gives you added benefits, those benefits come at a price. My advice is that before you put your hot tub in the basement, contact a few professionals to make recommendations and help you figure out how to go about it and if it would be possible to put your hot tub in the basement.

I hope you found this post useful. Have a good day.

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