Buying a hot tub seems like a pretty straight forward purchase, and it invokes feelings of good times. You go to the store and purchase the hot tub of your choice. The style, water pressure, plumbing and, for those who are forward thinking, the structural engineering have been considered. Often overlooked is the importance of a residential electrician to ensure proper electrical supply is provided for the install. Additionally, when dealing with water and electrical current, extra care must be taken to prevent future injury. In extreme cases a faulty install could result in death. Let’s consider a few points that may be impactful when hiring an electrical contractor.
- Have they done this type of work in the past? Mixing water and electricity is a tricky proposition, and not one to be taken lightly. You should ensure the professional you hire has been down this road. The safety of the electrical professional, your guest and your family are all on the line. This often rests on the shoulders of expertise in this area. Do a little investigation into the professionals past, and understand if this is something they know how to accomplish.
- Is this a commercial application? This is an entirely different scenario. In this case you want to ensure experience with wet installations, and experience with commercial code. This goes into a deeper area, and you want to be sure the professional you hire is a commercial electrician. The impact of this type of application is mainly in experience, but it can also impact things like insurance, licensure and certification. Again, you want to dig to ensure all of these things line up. If they don not, find someone who has the correct combination of these vital pieces.
- Is the wiring up for the job? You should have all the wires inspected to be sure they can handle the extra load caused by the hot tub. Each house or building is different, and you’ll want to hire someone who is up for the task. These tasks might not seem important, after all your purchase is pretty unrelated to electrical issues. However, this is not the case. Bad wiring, especially in the case of a wet application, can wreak havoc. It can cause a fire, electrocute and possibly seriously injure someone. All these are reasons to carefully consider this part of a recreational purpose. Your goal with your purchase is to have fun, and not to overlook something that could ruin your fun.
As with any purchase, you want to protect it, and maximize lifetime value and performance. Hiring the correct professionals to accomplish your end goals is important. Electricians are a vital piece of many projects, and it’s necessary to hire these types of professionals to accomplish your goals. If you skip hiring professionals for something like this, the consequences could be dire. This is no time to skimp on something so important. As with any professional hire, vet them, and be sure they meet the requirements of the job at hand.