The Step-by-Step Guide to Jacuzzi and Hot Tub Removal

How to Remove a Hot Tub or Jacuzzi

Hot tub removal, it can be an overwhelming task! Hot tubs and jacuzzis can be a relaxing retreat in your backyard, but there comes a time when they break down or you just need to get rid of them for other reasons. Whether due to damage, upgrading, or simply no longer using it, removing a hot tub or jacuzzi can seem like an huge project. This guide will walk you through each step and aims to help ensure a smooth and safe removal process.

Planning Your Hot Tub Removal: Tools, Preparation and Safety

Removing a hot tub or jacuzzi involves more than just hauling it away. It’s a detailed process that requires planning, proper tools, and sometimes professional help. Understanding the steps involved can save you time, effort, and potential headaches.

Before you begin, make sure you have a clear plan and all necessary supplies. Be sure to take safety seriously, knowing the potential hazards and how to best protect yourself from harm. Wear protective clothing, gloves, and safety glasses and make sure the area around the hot tub is clear of obstacles.

Tools and Equipment to Remove a Hot Tub

When planning for your removal, you may need:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Wrenches
  • Pliers
  • Saw (for cutting the hot tub)
  • Utility knife
  • Pry bar
  • Dolly or hand truck
  • Heavy-duty trash bags
  • Truck or trailer to haul the pieces away

Step 1: Disconnecting Electrical Components

The first and arguably most important step is to disconnect the power. If your jacuzzi has an electrical disconnect, remove the fuse or shut off power here, otherwise turn the breaker off at your electrical panel. Then work to fully disconnect all electrical components, completely removing power from the hot tub. This may involve removing access panels and disconnecting wiring from the control panel.

Step 2: Draining the Water

Drain the water from the hot tub using the drain spout or a submersible pump. Make sure all water is removed to make the unit easier to handle. You may think to drain the water first, however, ensuring the power is properly disconnected make for a much safer process. This is especially true with working around water and electricity.

When working to drain the water, be sure to check with local regulations on how to properly dispose of water that may still have chemicals in it.

Step 3: Removing the Skirting and Panels

The next step is to remove the exterior skirting and panels of the hot tub. Most hot tubs have these panels located around the outside of the tub. These are usually attached with screws or nails and can be removed with a screwdriver or pry bar. These panels cover the internal components that make the jacuzzi work.

Step 4: Detaching Plumbing Connections

Next, disconnect all plumbing connections. This includes hoses, pipes, and any other water connections. Be prepared for some residual water to spill out as these pipes will often hold a little bit of water in them.

Step 5: Disassembling the Hot Tub

Begin disassembling the other internal components, including the pump, heater, and filtration system. If your plan is to re-use or sell the hot tub, you can label and store small parts and screws to keep them organized. Otherwise it is best to sort the components based on their materials. Keep the metal items together, plastic, wood and fibreglass separate.

Step 6: Cutting the Hot Tub into Smaller Pieces

Here comes the messy bit. Using a saw, cut the hot tub into smaller, more manageable pieces. This step requires caution and the right tools. Using a powered saw is by far the easiest. This could be a reciprocating saw (also known as a Sawzall), a circular saw or if you’re feeling brave, you could even tackle it with a hand saw.

Cutting a hot tub into smaller pieces makes it much easier to transport and dispose of. We always recommend tackling a project like this with a helper, but if you have to do this alone, then cutting it up makes it possible.

Step 7: Removing the Hot Tub

Now that you have the jacuzzi cut into smaller pieces, use a dolly or hand truck to move the pieces out of the yard or house. This may require additional help depending on the size and weight of the pieces. If you don’t have a dolly to help move the pieces, you can lift each piece with another person to load them into a truck. If you choose this option, be sure to lift with your legs, NOT YOUR BACK!

Step 8: Options for Disposing of Your Old Hot Tub or Jacuzzi

Always dispose of your hot tub according to local regulations. This may involve taking it to a recycling center, waste disposal facility, or arranging for a junk pickup. The last thing you want is to arrive at a location just to find out they wont accept it as waste, so be sure to do your research first.

Common disposal facilities could be your local dump or landfill, just do a quick Google search to find one near you. You can also look for local transfer stations. These stations are commonly focused on servicing residents and allow easy access for trucks and trailers.

If this step seems overwhelming, give Junk 4 Good a call. Our teams are well equipped and experienced in doing this exact task (that’s why we can write about it). We can even give a 10% discount if your hot tub pieces are at the curbside!

Environmental Considerations

Whenever you’re tackling a project like this, its important to consider recycling the parts of the hot tub. Many components, like the metal frame and pump, can be recycled. Check with local recycling centers for guidelines and what they may accept.

Hiring Professionals vs. DIY: What to Consider

The process can be overwhelming, so consider hiring professional removal services. At Junk 4 Good, we have the experience, tools, and know-how to safely and efficiently remove your hot tub. Plus, we’ve already done it many times before. If you’re looking to save yourself a headache give us a call and we can arrange for a team to help!

Hot Tub Removal FAQs

What is the average cost of hot tub removal?

The cost for hot tub removal can vary depending on the size, where its located and how its built. With these variables considered, generally hot tub removal ranges from $400 to $700.

Can I remove a hot tub myself?

Yes, with the right tools and safety precautions, you can remove a hot tub yourself. However, professional help is recommended for larger or more complex removals, especially if you don’t have experience with projects like this. Junk 4 Good is happy to help with your hot tub removal!

How do I dispose of an old hot tub?

You can dispose of a hot tub by hauling it to a recycling center, waste disposal facility (landfill or transfer station), or arranging for a junk removal pickup. Keep in mind, some hot tub parts may be recyclable. Junk 4 Good can do this all for you, just give us a call!

How long does it take to remove a hot tub?

The process can take a few hours to a full day, depending on the size of the hot tub and the complexity of the removal. This may also depend on your comfortability of doing projects like this. If you’d prefer a more hands-off experience, call Junk 4 Good.

Do I need a permit to remove a hot tub?

Generally, you don’t need a permit to remove a hot tub, but it’s best to check with your local municipality.

What should I do with the electrical wiring after removal?

Ensure all electrical wiring is safely disconnected and capped. Consider hiring an electrician if you’re unsure on this process. Always keep the appropriate breaker turned off.

Final Thoughts

Removing a hot tub or jacuzzi can be a challenging task, but with careful planning and the right tools, it can be done safely and efficiently. Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire professionals, following these steps will help ensure a smooth removal process.