By now, everyone has heard about the backorders that dealers have been experiencing as they wait to receive hot tubs from manufacturers. The good news is that the industry is slowly catching up in 2021, but customers may still have to wait longer than they might like to get delivery of their new hot tub. Consequently, a hot tub that was ordered in June or July may not arrive until December. So, how to prepare for a hot tub delivery in winter is important. What can the customer expect?
Before winter sets in, you must have prepared a base for your hot tub to sit on. Typically this is a level concrete slab. If your hot tub will go on a deck, you will need to consult with a structural engineer ahead of time. Mark exactly where the hot tub is to be placed. Your spa can’t easily be moved later, so it is important to get this right the first time.
Measure Ahead of Time
Many times, you will want to give measurements of the delivery path in advance. The hot tub will be maneuvered into place on its side, which means there needs to be ample vertical clearance. Take note of overhangs, branches, and anything else overhead that could get in the way. Also, measure the width of gates and any tight turns the delivery team will have to get through.
Coordinate with an Electrician in Advance
It is best to have a licensed electrician onsite at the time of delivery — particularly in winter. Due to the electrical requirements necessary for proper hookup, it makes good sense to have the electrician there to coordinate with the delivery team when the hot tub is being installed.
On Delivery Day
Finally D-Day has arrived! Prior to the arrival of the delivery team, you will need to do the following:
- Walk the delivery path and remove any snow. Salt the path for pavers or concrete.
- Knock down icicles, if any.
- Clear snow from the concrete pad. It needs to be clear and dry.
- Make sure your hot tub placement marks are clearly visible.
- Clear away obstacles from the delivery path, such as garden hoses, patio furniture, planters etc.
- Make sure gates are not iced over.
- If you have pets, it is best to keep them secured and well out of the way during delivery.
The delivery team are complete pros. This isn’t their first rodeo, and you can trust that they know what they are doing. Welcome them and let them know you are available if they have questions. Then you can sit back and relax and watch the experts do their job. You will be enjoying your new hot tub before you know it. Winter is actually a terrific time to use your hot tub!
How to prepare for a hot tub delivery in winter? Your preparation shouldn’t be much different than at any other time of the year. It is possible that there may be some challenges regarding clearing snow from the hot tub base and delivery pathway or knocking down icicles from overhangs. The most important detail is that there is an unobstructed delivery path wide enough and with enough vertical clearance for the delivery. At The Pool People, we want your hot tub delivery to go smoothly. Our professionals will confer with you every step of the way to ensure your complete satisfaction.