How To Remove A Hot Tub

There is no doubt that a hot tub is a fun addition to the home. However, eventually, you may need to get rid of your hot tub because they just don't last that long, especially for the cheaper options. Keep in mind that hot tubs come with different components that can be quite expensive to fix. What's more, Hot Tub Focus mentions that when one component starts to fail, there is a chance that others will soon follow. 

Another reason that might prompt you to get rid of your tub is to create more space. That said, removing a hot tub is no easy task, it is heavy and almost impossible to move in one haul. Before taking out your power tools, however, you need to know exactly what you are getting yourself into. Removing a hot tub is a messy job and you will need to have the right equipment and safety gear. Investing in a good pair of gloves, a respirator, and safety goggles is necessary before beginning any work. With that out of the way — here are a few tips that should help you get the job done.

Disconnect water lines and electrical elements

If your hot tub is currently operational, you will need to do a few things before disassembling the unit. The first order of business is to drain the water; this will allow you to dry the components and also disassemble the remaining unit easily. How long it will take to drain the tub completely will depend on the size and also whether you are using a submersible pump or the built-in drain. Next, turn off the water supply line and disconnect the pipework from the tub. 

Now turn your attention to the electrical output and switch off the circuit breaker. VanGo Junk Removal mentions that some tubs are hardwired in, and the only way to remove the wires is by cutting them, which might require an electrician. Once you have successfully disconnected the power, you can proceed to remove the different mechanical components. Some of the common components that exist under the tub include a water heater and filtration system. Be sure to remove each individual part carefully so that you can salvage whatever can be reused in the future.  

Disassemble the unit

For this step, you will need power tools and a lot of elbow grease. Begin by taking apart the side paneling. The side panels can be made of various different materials, but they are essentially attached to the frame via screws. If the panels are in good shape, be sure to remove and store them safely just in case they find a use later on. The next step is to cut the supports holding the fiberglass shell. Depending on the condition of your hot tub you might also want to reuse the shell. If this is the case, go ahead and detach it carefully.

On the other hand, if the shell is not worth salvaging, it is a good idea cut it into smaller pieces to make it easier to dispose of, per Backyard Oasis. It is fair to mention that this process often requires more than one pair of hands. If you don't have the much-needed help or you simply don't want to deal with all the mess, you can always call the professionals. If you choose to go down this route, the whole task should set you back between $150 and $650, explains Angi.