Quite often we’ll get a question asking, “Can you put a swim spa in a basement?” The simple answer is, “Yes.” Installing a swim spa in your basement can be a good alternative for those who live in extreme climates. Those who live in severely hot or cold climates may not want to be outside during extreme temperatures. But even for those who live in moderate climates, having a swim spa in the basement can be convenient and enjoyable. There are a few considerations to keep in mind when it comes to basement swim spas, so we’ve written an article to remind you of a few key points.
For certain parts of the job, installing a swim spa in your basement can lower your costs. Things like landscaping, excavation machinery and the preparation of a solid base won’t be needed when installing in your basement. If you live in a cold climate, you’ll also find your heating costs are much lower in the winter months. And something like forgetting to cover your swim spa on a cold night won’t end up overworking your heater.
One thing that you don’t need to worry about with an outdoor swim spa is ventilation. However, when installing in your basement, ventilation is a very important consideration. Without proper ventilation, warm water in an enclosed space can increase the humidity to levels that can damage your house. Having an exhaust fan is essential for indoor swim spas. You can also bolster the exhaust system with a ceiling fan to increase air circulation.
Warm water in an enclosed space will also increase the humidity levels. High humidity can wreak havoc on the structure of a home. Not only can it promote mold growth it can also trigger the release of dangerous gases from building materials and increase the chances of wood rot. Ventilation will play a role in controlling humidity levels, but you might want to look into dehumidifiers as well.
Drainage is another thing that you don’t have to worry about as much with an outdoor swim spa. However, with indoor spas, drainage will play a crucial role in planning and installation. It’s inevitable that spa users will splash water onto the floor when entering and exiting the pool. A properly leveled drainage system can whisk away this excess water and reduce the risk of slippage. If your basement doesn’t already feature such a system, make sure to include one in your plans.
Indoor swim spas can be safer due to their inaccessibility to children, animals and passersby. By simply adding a locked door, your spa will only be accessible with your knowledge. You won’t have to worry about fence jumpers or wandering pets finding their way into a dangerous situation.
Installing a swim spa in a basement requires a range of different skills. From plumbing and electricity to HVAC and spa installation, fitting a spa is not something that should be taken lightly. If you want to ensure your house doesn’t end up damaged due to a basement swim spa installation, make sure to hire experienced professionals.
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