Can You Put a Swim Spa in a Basement?
If you are looking to install swim spa inside your home so that you have the perfect indoor aquatic workout spot, you may be wondering if you can put a swim spa in a basement. Often, basements can be one of the preferred locations within a home to install a swim spa, because they typically have a concrete floor which is sturdy enough to support the weight of the spa.
When it comes to many indoor swim spa installations, basement or not, there are some important factors which do need to always be considered. In the article below, we will review exactly what you need to know about installing a swim spa inside your home.
Basement Swim Spa Advantages
Provided that the ceiling is high enough in your basement, there are a number of advantages to installing on an existing concrete floor. These include:
- Lower installation cost (no excavation)
- Year-round access, no matter what the weather is like
- Lower heating costs
- Safer for children and pets (keep the door to swim spa room locked)
- No landscaping costs
Although there are plenty of advantages to installing your swim spa in your basement, there are a couple of additional factors that need to be considered with indoor installations.
The combination of high heat and evaporating water from a swim spa will produce a lot of humidity inside. When moist, humid air from your swim spa mingles with the natural cool basement air, condensation forms. Condensation will build up on windows, walls, heating ducts, electrical outlets, and wall fixtures. The major issue with condensation is that it can quickly encourage mold growth and cause damage from rotting material.
No matter how careful bathers are, when they exit a hot tub, water will come out with them (sometimes as much as a gallon) and most of this will end up on the floor. Since water on flooring can quickly become a safety hazard, it is important to surround the swim spa with slip resistant material, such as rubber mats to prevent falls. Ensuring that you have the proper drainage in your indoor flooring is also essential, as water left to sit will eventually cause damage and rotting. Another top flooring recommendation for indoor installations is to install a moisture resistant floor surface around the swim spa or in the entire room, such as non-slip tile.
Finally, ventilation is another major factor to consider for indoor or basement swim spa installations. It is important to have something that can dehumidify the air (especially during summer months) such as a central air system. In the winter, the heat produced from a furnace will naturally dry out the air to some degree but is not enough to combat all the condensation produced. Therefore, it is a must to install an exhaust fan to vent the condensation outside your home. Many people also find that having a powerful ceiling fan installed in their spa room is helpful for keeping the air circulating and preventing bathers from overheating.
Do it Right
It is essential to seek the professional services of contractors and electricians that are well versed in swim spa installations to install your spa in your home. Having a professional that is well versed in all areas of your installation with ensuring that your swim spa will be safe for bathers and that no damage is accidentally done to your home in the installation process.
Now that you know what you need to consider when installing a swim spa in your basement, download a swim spa buyer's guide to learn more about their features and benefits.