How To Set Up A Hot Tub – in 7 Simple Steps

Note: These are generic instructions on how to set up an inflatable hot tub. Of course, you will want to refer to the user manual for your specific model (see below) for the proper guidelines and steps, but this outline will give you a general idea of the steps to take.

Inflatable Hot Tub Start Up Guide…

Step 1: Select a Location for Your Hot Tub

Intex PureSpa on Pool Patio: How to Set Up a Hot TubThe first step to setting up any whirlpool tub is to find a flat, smooth, level surface. The location also must be able to support the weight of the unit, contained water and users at all times. The packaging or manual of inflatable spas will typically list the “filled weight” of the tub.

Step 2: Prepare for Inflation

Next, take the spa out of the package and spread it out where you plan on using it. Attach the inflation valve securely to the liner.

Step 3: Inflate Your Spa

Now, we shall inflate the spa using the pump. Plug in the pump. Attach the inflation hose to both the pump and the tub. Turn on the pump and inflate spa sections sequentially if there are numbered compartments (again, check your manual).

Step 4: Attach the Water Filter

Intex PureSpa FilterInsert the water filter into the casing and screw the casing onto the outlet valve and attach. This is usually near the bottom interior of the tub.

Step 5: How to Fill a Hot Tub

Fill the spa with your garden hose. Yes, it’s a simple as that. Most whirlpool tubs have a “fill line” on the interior wall of the spa, which makes it easy to know how high to fill it.

Step 6: Starting Up a Hot Tub

It’s time to heat it up! Generally, there is a “heat” button located on the pump, and you want to press that. You will then be able to adjust the temperature to your liking.

How hot should a hot tub be? …Most units can heat to a maximum of 104 degrees, the safe level per industry standards.

Step 7: Adding Spa Chemicals

Owners will need to keep the water sanitized and at proper pH levels to keep the unit running properly. According to the Public Health Department of King County, “Maintaining a proper chemical balance will reward you with clear, clean, fresh-smelling hot tub water” as well. This is done through regularly adding pool chemicals or saline solutions, and sometimes a water treatment package. More info here.

spa test stripsBy doing this, you keep your pump working optimally without problematic hard water buildup, and you keep the water clear and clean without a lot of green algae growing.

It’s a good idea to visit a local pool supply retailer as well, who can help you test a sample of your water to decide the ideal balance of chemical to add. A one-time visit is all you will need, and you can get inexpensive water test strips to check the water yourself. A $12 test strip pack with 50 strips will last you about a year.

For detailed instructions on specific brands, check out these videos below:

Intex PureSpa:

Coleman or Bestway Lay-Z Spa:

How to Drain an Inflatable Spa

With most units, this process is extremely simple. Start by detaching the pump. Then attach a garden hose to the outlet of the spa designated to draining (look for an adapter in your package if needed). Finally, remove the stopper cap usually located near or on the spa’s interior floor. The water will drain out the hose.

Of course, it’s important to point the hose to an area where water can easily drain and not cause flooding. It can also be helpful to point the hose down a slope if possible. This can speed up water flow as the tub nears empty.

Some spa owners even use the “drainage” to water the plants in their garden. If you use chlorine or a shock treatment in your spa, simply stop using it several days before you empty your tub to let the chemicals dissipate.

Hot Tub Manuals for Specific Models:

A Word on Buying an Inflatable Hot Tub…

One of the big advantages to inflatable spas is that you can order one online and have it shipped directly to you. It makes buying a hot tub easy and it eliminates much of the cost typically spent on delivery and installation.

On top of that, set up can be done in a matter of hours, and you can do it yourself. If you want to buy a hot tub but are turned off by a work-intensive shopping experience or a long drawn-out set up process, you are in for a great surprise with blow-up plug-and-play spas.

Not only can you save time and money, buy possibly your sanity too!


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