How to Level a Hot Tub : The Ultimate Guide

How to Level a Hot Tub

Once you get a hot tub, the next step will be the installation of the hot tub. For a perfect installation, the hot tub should be perfectly leveled. Unfortunately, many new users get confused about balancing a hot tub and they don’t know how to balance a hot tub?

Leveling a hot tub is not a complicated task, but it is essential for the smooth running and functioning of the hot tub. You should level a hot tub as perfectly as possible. China Royal Spa has prepared a complete guide about leveling a hot tub. Keep on reading to know a few valuable tips about leveling your hot tub on the uneven surface.

How to Level a Hot Tub?

Leveling a hot tub will be of immense importance for the smooth running of the hot tub, because the uneven placement of the hot tub could break or crack its exterior. To level a hot tub, you can use multiple materials and things. China Royal spa suggests using the following items to level a hot tub.

  • Wooden Platform
  • Plastic Shims
  • A Spa or Hot Tub leveler
  • A Concrete Pad
  • Build a Customized Pad for Your Hot Tub

Use a Wooden Platform to Level a Hot Tub

If there is a slope of one inch or two on the installation area of the hot tub, you can use the wooden platform to level the surface of the hot tub.

How to Place the Wooden Platform?

  • Move the hot tub aside from the installation area
  • Get the pressure treated 2×4 boards and a sheet of exterior grade plywood
  • Cut the boards into pieces based on the specific shape of the slope
  • Place them over the slope at the installation area
  • Attach the exterior plywood to the wooden boards and cut the extra wedges
  • Reinstall the hot tub at its new leveled space

Benefits of the Wooden Platform

  • Provides a solid place for leveling
  • Budget friendly
  • Easily available
  • The installation is easy

Limitations of the Wooden Platform

The wooden platform is perfect for a sloppy area about an inch or two. It may not give you excellent results if the slope is more profound than an inch or two.

Use Plastic Shims to Level a Hot Tub

If your hot tub rests on a slope of an inch or less, you can use the plastic shims to perfectly level the hot tub. These plastic shims are available in the market, and you can get them according to the size of your hot tub. They are pressure resistant and could endure the weight of your hot tub. Moreover, they will not cost you a lot of budgets and save your money.

How to Place the Plastic Shims?

  • Identify the sloppy area under the hot tub
  • Drain the hot tub water completely
  • Place the plastic shims on the lowest sides of the hot tub
  • Place the plastic shims on the regular interval at the sloppy area of the hot tub

To perfectly level your hot tub, China Royal Spa suggests following the brand’s guidelines. If your hot tub manufacturer does not allow you plastic shims for leveling, better avoid using it.

Benefits of the Plastic Shims

  • Budget friendly
  • Easily available
  • Pressure resistant
  • Easy installation

Drawbacks of the Plastic Shims

They are perfect for the sloppy area about an inch or less. However, they may not give you excellent results if the slope is more profound than an inch. Additionally, they are perfect only for a few hot tubs and many hot tub manufacturers do not suggest using the plastic shims for the hot tub leveling.

Use a Spa or Hot Tub Leveler to Level the Hot Tub

You can use the spa or hot tub leveler to perfectly level your hot tub. The spa levelers are available in the market, and you can choose according to the size and depth of the sloppy area of your hot tub. However, the spa or hot tub leveler gives you the best results when the slope is more significant than an inch.

How to Use the Spa or Hot Tub Leveler?

  • Move the hot tub away from the installation space
  • Place the spa or hot tub leveler at the right placed
  • Reinstall the hot tub at the leveled space

Benefits of the Spa or Hot Tub Leveler

  • Easily available
  • Perfect for the sloppy area of an inch or even more significant than an inch
  • Portable, and you can quickly move it to the new installation area

Drawbacks of the Spa or Hot Tub Leveler

Although the spa or hot tub leveler has various benefits, but the only drawback of the spa leveler is that its purchasing cost is higher than the other materials. It could cost you approximately $600 including the shipping charges.

Use the Pavers to Level the Hot Tub

Apart from the concrete slab and spa leveler, pavers are also used to level the hot tub. Multiple types of pavers are available in the market such as; concrete pavers, cobblestone pavers, brick pavers, flagstone pavers and rubber pavers.

How to Use Pavers for Hot Tub Leveling?

  • Identify the installation area of the hot tub
  • Create a bed of sand at the installation area, according to the size o the hot tub
  • Compact down the sand bed and level it perfectly
  • Place pavers over the sand bed
  • Make sure that the pavers are perfectly leveled
  • Install the hot tub over the leveled pavers

The Benefits of the Pavers

  • High density materials and offer more support than any other material
  • They have low absorption and could not cause salt scaling or any other issue
  • Durable
  • Readily available in the market

Drawbacks of the Pavers

Pavers have various benefits; however, they may cause stress to the hot tub exterior. To minimize the stress level, China Royal Spa suggests having the smooth pavers that could be interlocked.

Build a Customized Pad for the Hot Tub

If you don’t want to spend a lot of budget on the above mentioned options for leveling your hot tub, you can build and construct a customized pad for your hot tub. If you have carpentry knowledge and skills, you can make the personalized pad for your hot tub at your home. Get the measurement of the sloppy area of your hot tub and design the personalized pad with the help of wood and sand.

The Benefits of the Customized Pad

  • It is budget-friendly
  • You can make it at your home
  • It is a customized pad therefore, gives perfect leveling to your hot tub

Limitations of the Customized Pad

You can make the customized pad at your home, but the process of making is too long, and you will only get a perfect pad if you have knowledge and skills of carpentry.  Even if you have the knowledge, there are chances that you may end up in failure. Additionally, the process is time consuming.

So, these are some of the materials and surfaces that you can use to level your hot tub. However, some users put the hot tubs over the concrete slab and pavers and face uneven surface. If you are one of them and facing the same issue. China Royal Spa is here to help you; read the following part of the blog and sort out your issue.

Level a Hot Tub on a Concrete

Many users prefer putting the hot tub and swim spa on the concrete surface, and it is the most widely used surface for the hot tub installation. However, even if you put a concrete slab under your hot tub, you can face the issue of slope and uneven surface.

What Should be Done to Leveled a Concrete Slab of Hot Tub?

If you put the concrete slab under the hot tub and facing the issue of the slope, you can easily manage the issue. If the sloppy area is about one inch or less than this, you can put the plastic shims under it. The shims are readily available in the market. Get them and place under the hot tub. However, China Royal Spa suggests to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and place the shims when the hot tub is empty.

However, if the sloppy area is more than one or 2 inches, the shims will not be the perfect option for you to level the hot tub. In such a case, you can use the spa or hot tub leveler or for the best results, move the hot tub to a new perfectly leveled concrete slab.

Level a Hot Tub on Pavers

Apart from the concrete slabs, some users prefer installing and putting the hot tubs over the pavers. However, even after putting your hot tub on pavers, you can face the issue of the uneven surface and slope under the hot tub.

What Should be Done to Level a Hot Tub on Pavers?

If your hot tub is already installed on the pavers but it has a sloppy area under it, you can use shims to solve the issue. To get the perfect results, China Royal Spa suggests following the manufacturer’s guide regarding the shims.

Some FAQs about the Hot Tub Leveling

Can You Put Your Hot Tub on a Slope?

Many users get confused when it comes to the installation of the hot tub, and they want to know whether they can put the hot tub on the slope? The answer is no, you cannot put the hot tub on the slope, if you do so the hot tub exterior gets cracked because of the uneven weight of water and the function of the hot tub will be affected.

What is the Best Way to Level a Hot Tub?

Many methods and materials are used to level the hot tub. However, if you want to know what is the best base to level a hot tub. China Royal Spa suggests a concrete slab for the hot tub leveling. You can quickly get it from the market. Moreover,  you can get a customized size according to the sloppy area and your hot tub size.

Can You Put a Hot Tub on Flagstone?

Yes, you can put your hot tub on a flagstone to level it perfectly. However, avoid placing the hot tub on the sedimentary sand stone, because it will absorb moisture and damage your hot tub. You can put the hot tub on the metamorphic sandstone.

How Do You Build a Base to Level the Hot Tub?

A smooth and perfectly leveled base is vital for the smooth functioning of the hot tub. To build a base, remove the grass and other such things from the installation area, ding the land for about 5-6 inches, creating a bed of sand in the area, compacting it, and leveling it. After perfectly leveling the sand bed, put the concrete slab over it. Make sure that the slab and base are perfectly leveled before putting the hot tub over it.

Can a Hot Tub Sit on Pavers for a Perfect Level?

Yes, pavers are also used for the perfect leveling of the hot tubs. However, make sure that there is a compact and perfectly level sand bed under the pavers. Otherwise, they will not support the hot tub, and it will be cracked or damaged.

Does a Hot Tub Need a Concrete Pad?

To give perfect level to your hot tub, it would be best to put a concrete pad under the hot tub. However, concrete pad is not the only option. You can place pavers, wooden decks, stones, and gravel beds to give a perfect level to your hot tub.

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