As a resident of Phoenix, Arizona getting rid of an old hot tub is a common project. People purchase them thinking they’re going to use them all the time, but instead, they often sit unused after the first few years. Leaving homeowners with the burden of figuring out the best way to remove these unwanted eyesores from their backyards. It’s so common that there are companies who specialize in hauling them off. However, if you’re wondering how to get rid of an old hot tub yourself, here are some expert tips on how to get the job done easily. But since you might be moving or just want to remove an old broken hot tub, here are the best methods you’ll want to know that work the best.
Moving a Hot Tub
There are essentially two ways to get rid of a hot tub and either of these ideas is going to do the job based on the condition of your existing hot tub. The first reason is that you’re moving to a new location and want to bring your hot tub with you. For this, you’ll want to order a dolly crane service to lift this out of your backyard and onto the back of a flatbed truck.
For those who are working on a smaller budget, you can also consider a hot tub dolly. These are a lot like oversize flatbed wagons that a hot tub can be placed upon and rolled out to a flatbed truck. This will take some muscle since the combination of metal, fiberglass, water pumps, and wood will require some care while being lifted.
Obviously, the price difference for these rentals depends on how many pizzas you’ll need to buy for helper buddies.
Removing a Hot Tub Yourself
Now, when it comes to a hot tub that doesn’t work anymore or is too outdated for your needs, it might prove to be very difficult to remove in one single piece. The truth is that it should be cut down to size so that you don’t have a lot of heavy lifting involved.
What you want to start with is to have the right tools for the job before you begin. Here is where you’ll need to rent a Sawzall and a sledgehammer for half a day.
Optional tools should include a long straight pry bar and a portable mini Sawzall or reciprocating saw. If you have to go to a tool rental company, like Home Depot, they’ll have options for you to choose from. If you already have these in your garage, then you’re all ready to go. Be sure to have a push broom and standard wicker broom to clean up afterward. Don’t forget to wear work gloves, to protect your hands from fiberglass and sharp edges.
You start with removing the electricity connection to your hot tub. Make sure this connection is completely detached so there is no more electrical current that could be dangerous to you. Hopefully, the tub is already drained but if there is still water inside, remove this as well. Now what you do is remove the outer cover so you can see the tubes and pumps underneath the tub itself.
Determine where to cut
So it might sound silly, but one great trick is to use a black sharpie to plot out your cutting line. Always avoid water jets spouts that have thick attachments behind them that you can’t see. Plan on cutting (at least two inches around) any visible jets that are along your cutting path. Make each piece easy to carry if you want to have smaller pieces. A total of 6 to 8 pieces isn’t unrealistic since they’ll be lighter to carry away afterward.
You can then start to cut the tub into smaller pieces using the Sawzall. These pieces will have tubes that are attached to various water jets. Avoid cutting through these (they can break your saw blade too easily), so concentrate on going around any water jet holes. Once you have a section cut, you can pull and move this piece to see how easy it comes away from the rest of the tub. Use the Sawzall to cut off any tube attachments that are hidden underneath.
Now all you do is start to dismantle each section of the hot tub in smaller pieces to be dropped into a rental dumpster. On average it takes about 3 hours for a whole tub to be cut up, but at least 4-5 hours in all to clear the entire area where your hot tub used to be. Cutting up your hot tub might seem crazy, but this is often the last resort if it can’t be moved by any other means and is too old to salvage.