Can I Put a Hot Tub in an Apartment?
If you own a condo or are renting your residence, you may be wondering if you are able to put a hot tub in your living space. While it certainly can be possible, there are a number of considerations that need to take place to ensure that your apartment is able to support and handle a hot tub. Keep reading below to find out exactly what you need to know about installing a hot tub in your condo or apartment.
Before you spend too much time planning on installing a hot tub in your apartment, make sure that you are allowed to put a hot tub in your living space first. Most townhouses, condos and high-rise communities have governing bodies, called HOA’s or Homeowner Associations that clearly indicate the property rules. Make sure that you request the guidelines regarding hot tubs and get written permission from the association before you proceed.
It can also help to present an inspection your HOA that has been performed by a structural engineer verifying that the area which you want to place your hot tub is able to support its weight. You will also want to provide proof of coverage from your insurance company.
If the circuit breaker in your home has a circuit breaker that takes up two slots, called a double pole breaker, a direct wired connection for your hot tub is possible. If your unit supports 220v to 240v wiring, you can connect 220v, 230v or 240v model. If your residence does not support these power requirements, there are a number of ‘Plug n Play’ hot tub models on the market which are 110v and can be plugged in almost anywhere, although they can take longer to heat.
After you confirm how you will power your hot tub, the next step is to determine where is the best place to locate your hot tub. Considering ventilation and draining is essential. If you live in a row home or main level and have yard space, installing outdoors will ensure that steam isn’t an issue and the water can simply be drained onto the lawn.
If you do not have outdoor access, a balcony is almost always the best choice. Most high-rise apartments and condos have balconies that are built with reinforced steel and cement, which will not be damaged by steam. One thing to keep in mind about having your hot tub on your balcony is how you will fill and drain it. The easiest option is to get a hose and run from a faucet to fill it or use the hose to drain into your bathtub.
How you will get your hot tub delivered into your apartment is another major consideration. If it is a smaller hot tub, it may be possible to fit in the elevator and pass through the hallways into your unit. Larger models or if your building has narrow corridors and spaces may require a crane to lift and maneuver onto your balcony or rooftop deck. It should go without saying that you should always leave the delivery and installation process to a team of trained professionals recommended by your dealer.
Now that you know what you need to consider with installing a hot tub in your apartment, once you have permission from your HOA, download a hot tub buyer’s guide to learn more about our models.