Does Hot Tub Wiring Need to be Buried?

Jennifer Rhodes

By Jennifer Rhodes · Updated

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Thinking about getting a hot tub? That's great! But before you can get it in place and start relaxing in your new spa, there's one important thing you need to take care of: the electrical setup. Proper installation of hot tub wiring is essential for keeping you and your loved ones safe—and for making sure your hot tub lasts.

When installing hot tub wiring, it is important to either bury the wiring underground or run it through conduit. This protects the wiring from damage, such as from lawn mowers or other outdoor hazards. Burying the wiring can also help to prevent accidents, such as someone tripping over an exposed wire.

Another option is to run the wiring through conduit, which is like a tube or pipe that surrounds the wire and protects it from physical damage or the elements. The conduit should be waterproof and UV resistant, and should itself be buried or run along a wall or fence. This will keep it out of the way and prevent it from becoming a trip hazard.

How do you get wiring from a fence to a hot tub?

To get the wiring from the fence to the hot tub, you can use flexible conduit. This is a type of conduit that is made of a flexible material—usually plastic—and is designed to bend and move with ease. This makes it an ideal solution for running wiring from a fixed point, like a wall or fence, to a hot tub.

What other electrical considerations are there?

When installing a hot tub, there are several other electrical considerations to keep in mind, such as:

  • 220V outlet: Most hot tubs require a 220V electrical outlet, which is a higher voltage than a standard 110V outlet. This means that you may need to have a new electrical circuit installed by a licensed electrician to accommodate the hot tub.
  • Dedicated circuit: It's also recommended to have a dedicated circuit for the hot tub, meaning that the hot tub should not share the same circuit with other appliances or devices. This ensures that the hot tub has enough power and reduces the risk of overloading the circuit.
  • GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) breaker: A GFCI breaker is a safety device that is designed to protect against electrical shock. It monitors the current flowing through the circuit and will trip if it detects any imbalance. This is a must to have in any hot tub installation as it is a requirement by the NEC (National Electrical Code).
  • Weatherproof Cover: Any outdoor electrical fittings should have a weatherproof cover to protect them from the elements. If you hire a good electrician, they should know this of course.

Now—and this bit is important—you should have a licensed electrician install the wiring and make sure it meets all local building and electrical codes. This is crucial, because in many areas, the electrical work must be inspected and approved by a local building inspector. A licensed electrician should know exactly what to do to make sure the spa is installed correctly and safely.

Summing up

When it comes to hot tub wiring, it's better to be safe than sorry. Taking the time to properly install the wiring will not only ensure the safety of you and your loved ones, but will also prolong the lifespan of your spa. So, before you install your new hot tub, make sure to get a licensed electrician to take care of the wiring for you.

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