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Home Spa Room Disadvantages

Updated on July 27, 2010


After a long day of work, it would be great to come home to a relaxing in home basement spa to get some serious relaxation in. But relaxation is hard when the spa turns into a burden for you and your family. The disadvantages of a basement spa can be a major deterrent and should be considered before doing a project of this magnitude.

Extra Plumbing Costs

Installing a spa does not have to be expensive, but in basements, the the plumbing costs can be as much as the equipment for the spa. The drains for the basement are under concrete or in a crawlspace that many plumbers do no like to work. These jobs are difficult for the plumbers and so they charge a premium for their time and labor costing significantly more than a spa room would be on first floor.

Poor Ventilation

Basements do not have many windows and the walls are made of block or concrete in modern construction which means there is little, if any, air movement. The lack of air movement in a basement spa will cause mold and mildew issues and could be a major health factor for you and your family. The ventilation systems that should be installed in every basement spa room vary in style, size, and price, based on the air volume of the room. Consult your heating and air conditioning company for ventilation system options.

Mold and Mildew

Basements harbor more moisture to begin with. By installing a spa room, you are increasing an already damp space. This can be a breading ground for mold and mildew. Asthma, chronic bronchitis, and severe allergies are common symptoms of prolonged mold exposure.

High Maintenance

No one wants high maintenance items in their home, but spas require a lot of cleaning and equipment maintenance. Much of this equipment is specialized so you have to order parts, costing you more money and time down time where you cannot enjoy your spa.


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      almasi 7 years ago

      mmm never thought of the disadvantages.

      The solution then would be to start small for instance by reserving one shelf or corner of your bathroom for your spa products so that you can build your basement spa while you have a mini spa to relax in after a hard day's work.