Can I sink my hot tub or swim spa into the ground?

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Can I sink my hot tub or swim spa into the ground?

A lot of people love the idea of partially or fully sinking their portable hot tub into the ground. It looks great. But can you sink your hot tub into a deck? And more importantly is it a good idea?

The short answer is yes you can sink your hot tub into the ground. But there are a few things you need to consider before you do it. Or else you risk not being able to access it for maintenance and repair. Which could be a problem in the future.

Let’s talk about what you need to think about.

Should I sink my hot tub or swim spa into the ground?

hot tub in groundLook how good it looks. Hot tubs and swim spas with decking or stone around them can look amazing. So it’s no wonder people love the idea of it. Especially if the hot tub or swim spa is being installed as part of a new build or garden refurbishment. Why not go the whole she-bang and build the hot tub into the garden?

But there are a few things that you definitely need to consider before you make the decision to do this. 

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1. The control panel and pumps must be accessible

There is one thing that is non-negotiable. There must be access to the side that houses the control panel and pumps (varies by model). We usually suggest you leave this completely free and just build around three sides.

But, if you have your heart set on a fully sunken hot tub or swim spa, then you can do it. You just need to make sure there is a sizeable access panel or hatch on the control board side. We’re talking big enough to comfortably fit one or two engineers down into, with room to move. 

This is necessary, firstly, to allow installation. If there is no room around the hot tub, then it will be impossible to wire it in and commission the hot tub. And secondly, as most of the components are housed on this side, you will need access to it for maintenance and possible repairs. 

2. At some point, you may need access to the entire hot tub

If you are installing a hot tub, you may need to accept that at some point repairs will be needed. Buying from a great hot tub manufacturer should minimise the likelihood of this. But it is something that needs to be considered.

90% of repairs will take place on the side of the control panels and pumps. But, if there is a leak you may need access to all sides of the hot tub. 

It’s for this reason, we would recommend building access hatches the whole way around the hot tub. If there is not reasonable access and space, then you may need to remove the hot tub if repairs are ever required. You will be responsible for the expense and inconvenience of lifting the hot tub up. Even if this work falls under warranty. 

In summary

We know, it looks great. But we always require access to the entire hot tub. It’s not just to be difficult we swear. But it’s to save you the pain and expense of draining and moving the hot tub out of the surround if you ever require maintenance or repairs. 

If you have a plan for your garden and you’re not sure how best to ensure that there is access to the hot tub, then please contact us. 

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Debbie Ekins
Debbie Ekins
Eagle Leisure - Sales & Marketing Manager Mission = to arm you with the knowledge you need to make the best buying decisions. Fuelled by coffee (and naps). Explorer of Scotland and the world.
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