A Beachcomber can sit on just about any foundation, as long as it is level and can support the weight.Your Beachcomber Hot Tub comes standard with the Perma-Seal Foundation.Check our Beachcomber Pre-Delivery Guide for more foundation ideas. It has a smooth bottom surface that both caps and seals your hot tub from environmental elements.It also distributes the weight of your hot tub evenly across the entire bottom surface.Foundation ideas include cement patio tiles, railroad ties or interlocking bricks, all available at most home improvement stores. Check our Beachcomber Pre-Delivery Guide for more foundation ideas.
How to Place a Beachcomber in Your Backyard
A hot tub should fit into your yard or deck, not overwhelm it. After all, you're creating a snug little nook, a private place protected from the elements where you can soak in peace and quiet. We have found that it's best to place your hot tub slightly off center in your yard, within 10 feet of the access door to your home that you'll use most frequently when you're going to enter or leave your hot tub. Placing your hot tub about 10 feet from an access door, makes it easier to get to and more inviting to bathe in.Having it closer to your home can also help reduce exposure to wind, so you can get maximum enjoyment from your hot tub. You may also want to position the hot tub away from neighbor sight lines, as well as from trees or falling leaves.
Installation on a wood deck
You can install a Beachcomber Hot Tub virtually anywhere, it's just that easy. Our tubs are completely portable and are easily transported from place to place. It is important for you to check with the authorities to confirm the regulations of your local building codes. They can give you the proper guidelines necessary to ensure that you are placing your hot tub on a safe and durable surface. A Beachcomber Hot Tub can weigh anywhere from 4446 pounds / 2017 kg (our largest model 750), down to the lightest hot tub, at 1885 pounds / 855 kg (model 520).
With the proper support as defined by you local building code, you can install a hot tub on your deck, or sunken into your deck. Check with our local building codes.Before cutting any holes into your deck to install a hot tub, always have the hot tub on hand to ensure that your measurements will be correct! You can contact our Customer Care team for further advice and instructions with installation of your new Beachcomber Hot Tub.
Installation directly on the ground
Your Beachcomber Hot Tub is designed to sit on a flat, level spot in your back yard. Once your Beachcomber is filled with water, it can weigh as much as a car – water is heavy material at about ten pounds per gallon! A fully loaded 750 SLB hot tub weighs 4,446 pounds (2,017 kg) when full of water. That’s why it’s so important to have your hot tub on a level, and stable spot.You can place your hot tub directly on the ground – however, the ground is a moist and potentially unstable surface. We recommend that you purchase concrete patio tiles from your local building center, and lay them down to make a flat, level spot. These concrete tiles last indefinitely, and they are inexpensive to purchase and easy to lay down. This type of base will allow for more even weight distribution for your hot tub. These tiles will also give you better drainage during rainy days, or during the spring season thaw, during the snow melt.
Orienting your hot tub for best placement
In our opinion, it’s best to enjoy your hot tub outside, under the stars. If you choose to place it inside a gazebo, choose a unit that allows extra room for more than just the hot tub. A little extra room for a café table and chair set, a towel or robe rack or other options can help you complete your experience. If you install your spa indoors, ensure that your contractor provides proper ventilation according to your local building codes.
Planning for the delivery of your Beachcomber
Sketch out a quick map of the route the delivery crew will take when they deliver your hot tub. This will ensure that they follow your instructions when they arrive. We find that for some deliveries, the new owner may not even be there. A little communication goes a long way to help things run smoothly!
The site survey method to choose the right spot
You may be thinking about where to put your new spa. One of the critical factors about the hot tub lifestyle is to have the unit as close to your access door from your home as possible. If the hot tub is placed just a bit too far, it can be a barrier to usage during those long and cold winter nights. And those are some of the most wonderful times to use a hot tub! You don’t want to hamper your usage due to an extra ten feet of travel space between you and your hot tub. Ensure that your back access door is the gateway to relaxation!
Checking your electrical service in your home
Our Customer Care team works with electricians that can perform the necessary installation for a hot tub in your home. We recommend that you leave the electrical work to a qualified professional! Here is some general information to guide and inform you as you have an electrician do the work for you for your installation.
All Beachcomber Hot Tubs require either 8/3 or 6/3 conductor copper wire. It is also recommended that you install a separate #6 ground wire in addition to the ground wire in the 8/3 or 6/3 wire. You will also require a 40, 50 or 60 amp breaker, depending on the hot tub model and features that you choose. This will be installed in the main electrical panel of your home. This breaker is used to supply power to the Beachcomber GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Outdoor Hot tub Panel that you can purchase from Beachcomber. The GFCI needs to be installed outside near the hot tub, but not reachable from inside the hot tub. Contact our Customer Care team who would be happy to recommend a licensed electrician to install your hot tub.