Imagine, your hot tub has finally arrived to your home.
Now, all your wishes of soaking into it and getting that extreme comfort and pleasurable bath are going to be true.
You can now enjoy a muscle-soothing bath after going through a long hectic day.
Oh, what a feeling!
But wait, have you finalized where you will be placing your hot tub?
Well, this can be a bit tedious and time consuming task if you haven’t planned it in advance.
Choosing the right base for your hot tub is very important to get the best results from your spa.
There are different types of bases available for hot tubs such as gravel, cement, deck, and so on.
A patio is one of them.
For people who don’t know anything about what a Patio is, it is a paved surface/base made from different types of stones.
These are usually located outdoors of the house (usually in the backyard) and are made strong to withstand different kinds of weather conditions and phenomena.
But can that be a good base for your hot tub?
If you have doubts about whether or not you can put your hot tub on a patio, then let me clear your doubts first.
Yes, you can without a doubt place your hot tub on your patio.
But the issue is that you may find it a bit difficult or tedious to level your hot tub on a Patio.
And in this article, I will try to help you to properly level your spa on a patio with the right information at hand.
The easiest thing you can do is use shims to level the base of the hot tub on the patio.
It will work best if your hot tub is higher on one side by an inch or less.
You can just place the shims on the lower side and it will raise it to level with the other one.
But what if the unevenness is by more than one inch?
I have solutions for this problem too.
Kindly continue reading this article till the end and know how to solve this problem.
5 Steps to Use Heavy Duty Shims for a Hot Tub on a Patio
In this article, I have talked a lot about using shims for leveling your hot tub base on a patio and installing it properly.
But I haven’t told you yet how to do it.
Here are 5 steps to use heavy duty shims to level up hot tub on a patio.
Step 1: The first step is to use wooden shims along with a platform to properly level up your hot tub with a patio.
While leveling your hot tub on a patio, shims alone might not be enough.
Using a platform in this situation might help you though.
You can create wooden shims and a platform on your own to level up the base of your hot tub on a patio.
To get the task completed, move the hot tub aside first.
Once you have all these things, then use these things as mentioned in the following steps.
Step 3: Take the boards and cut them into wedge-shaped pieces according to your patio slope.
Step 4: Place them along with the slope of the patio so they make the ground look even.
Step 5: Cut the plywood and attach it with the wood shims to give a plane, flat, and even base to your hot tub.
If you follow these 5 steps properly, then I am sure you can give your tub a new, flat, even, and stable base.
FAQs Related to Leveling Up Hot Tub on a Patio
My answer is Yes, Why not?
You can easily put your hot tub on a patio provided it is designed to bear the total weight of your hot tub filled with water and the people inside.
As I mentioned in the previous section, Patios are quite good at holding hot tubs in different weather conditions.
But what do you actually need to be sure that you have put your hot tub on patios and they are safe?
Tip 1: Make Sure the Patio is Leveled and Cemented Properly
The most important thing you should care about is that the patio has a proper level and it is cemented rightfully.
If the patio is not leveled or not cemented, then placing the hot tub on it will be a very tedious and time consuming task for you.
If it is uneven, the hot tub will be higher on one side and lower on the other, which will cause discomfort later on.
On the other hand, if the patio is not cemented, the tub won’t get the stable base that it requires and may get damaged, broken, or twisted after some days.
And I believe you don’t want that to happen to your hot tub, am I right?
Tip 2: The Patio Should be able to Bear the Total Weight of Your Spa
When you are putting your hot tub on a patio, you must be sure that the patio is strong enough to bear the total weight of the tub.
If the base is not strong enough, it can break and cause severe damage to the tub as well.
To be clear, by total weight I mean the overall weight of the tub when filled with water to its max level and all the people’s weight who are soaking in it.
The answer to this question is it depends on the actual height of the slope.
Now you know that you can easily place your favorite hot tub on a patio.
So, let’s think a bit crazy.
Can you put it on a sloped patio?
First, you will need to check if you are also using your patio for drainage purposes.
If you are, it would mostly be sloped.
However, putting your hot tub on it might not be big unless there is a major unevenness.
If the slope is not higher than 1.30 cm in a 2.5 m run, you can easily put your hot tub on it.
But if it is a higher slope, consider using shims or other ready-made pads to level up the patio.
Yes, you can.
I have already cleared this out in the intro section of this article.
Surely, you can use shims to level up your hot tub base.
For hot tub owners struggling with uneven hot tub bases, shims are the most cost-effective solution.
These are made of heavy-duty plastic and are designed to hold heavy weights without getting stretched out or broken.
And they are widely available at much cheaper rates as compared to new hot tubs or new ready-to-use bases.
However, as I mentioned, shims only work well if the slope is up to an inch or less.
But wait, does your hot tub support shims?
You need to be clear about this by checking the official manual that you got with your hot tub.
If it is written there that shim places are there in the tub, you can definitely use them to level up your tub.
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Whether it is a deck, a gravel pad, or a patio, the base must be accurately leveled or approximately leveled to support a hot tub properly.
If you are thinking that you can just put your hot tub on a deck without leveling it, then you are entirely wrong.
Usually, decks come with proper level.
And even if they are not, you can manage that quite easily on your own.
One thing to keep in mind while putting your tub on the deck is to make sure whether the deck is strong enough to bear the hot tub’s weight along with total weight of water and people inside it.
Usually, a 3 ½ or 4-inch slab works quite well but experts say that having a larger slab can help you with bigger tubs as well. So, why not?
Patios are often used for drainage purposes and that is why they are designed with a slope.
Now if you want to put your hot tub on it, you first need to check what the slope of the patio exactly is.
As recommended by experts, the maximum allowed slope for a patio to put a hot tub can be 1.30 cm in a 2.5 run.
If that is what the slope of your patio measures, putting your hot tub on it should not cause any problems for you.
Concrete bases are considered the best for putting hot tubs on.
They are strong, durable, and heavy-duty.
But what if the concrete patio is uneven?
In that case, you will need to level it first.
Let’s take a look at a few methods about how you can level a hot tub on a concrete patio.
Method 1: Using Shims
This is the most common way of leveling your hot tub.
Shims are small tapered or cut pieces of material that are placed to fill digs, holes, and uneven areas.
You can use these shims to level up the base of your hot tub.
Just place these around the lower ground to make the place even.
Though this might only work for a small margin of unevenness, I know this works for sure!
Method 2: Using a Gravel Pad
The second method you can actually use to level up your hot tub base on a concrete patio is using a gravel pad.
You can get a ready-made gravel pad quite easily in the market and place it around the lower area to make the base even.
This works when the slope is larger than 1 inch.
Method 3: Using Framed Sand and Gravel
This is another quite amazing method for leveling your hot tub on a concrete patio.
Spread the framed sand and the gravel on the sloped side of the patio until it looks even.
As for me, I have applied all three methods to level up my hot tub, and surprisingly, they have all worked fine without any issues.