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How to Remove a Hot Tub

Its no secret that the average American dream house is almost always equipped with a bubbling jacuzzi. The pleasure of coming home from a long day of business and taking a short break in a steaming spa with soft neon blue lights is indisputably delicious.

Most people don't realize however, that the average hot tub has a shelf life of about 10 years. That might've sounded like a long time when you first bought the hot tub, but time flies and what was once the pride and joy of your yard is now at the point of stinking up your property.

Now you're convinced you'd like access to that space your old hot tub is taking up and started searching online how in the heck to do the job of that spa removal.

There's no need to worry, Stand-To! Junk Removal and Demolition is here to help. We've conducted plenty a hot tub removal service and can impart our knowledge onto you.

So where's the best place to start?

Confused man in his 50's not knowing where to start

Starting With Frequently asked questions

Lets start with some questions our customers often asked about a hot tub removal service. We'll walk through the tasks that may make this job seem like hard work and dwindle it down to little work.

When is it time to get rid of a hot tub?

Of course as no one wants to spend the money to remove a hot tub that works perfectly fine, that is unless you've suddenly discovered you're not all that into spas after all.

Hot tub manufacturers claim their tubs will last up to 20 years but that shelf life typically averages out to about 10.

That's because most tubs have plastic pieces throughout the body of the spa susceptible to wear and tear when they come into contact with chemicals. If you weren't careful to keep up with the services they may be ready to break or have already broken.

If that's the case, you're ready for a hot tub removal service.


Woman looking at her watch, its time to get a hot tub removal service

Can I remove a hot tub myself?

You sure can, but don't think you'll be free and clear of that spa without some heavy lifting. Even if you cut the hot tub into smaller pieces and remove it one piece at a time, as we will soon suggest, you'll find that having someone give you a helping hand will go a long way.

What's the best way to get rid of an old hot tub?

The best way to trash that hot tub is to snap back that hot tub cover, take a reciprocating saw, and cut it to manageable pieces. Then, load up your truck and contact the local landfills and recycling facility to find out how tubs can be properly disposed of.

Woman wants her hot tub removed today

How do I disconnect a hot tub for removal?

Any professional hot tub removal service will require that you direct them to your breaker box in order to shut off the breaker feeding energy to your spa. That's where you should start too. Once the breaker is cut off, find the main electrical to the tub and either disconnect or cut the wire if its hardwired.

Cap the exposed wire.

How do you pick up and move a hot tub?

You can save yourself all the heavy lifting by cutting up the hot tub. Junk Removal of any kind can be tough on your body and can pose safety risks. Always have someone helping you out when ever you attempt a hot tub removal.

Also, it can take up to two days to get rid of old sheds. To this end, we offer our professional demolition services. We are a veteran-owned and operated Junk Removal and Demolition company that is licensed and most importantly insured for demolishing and removing sheds in a bad condition. Lastly, our company operates a "No Debris Left Behind Guarantee" that ensures your area is left looking great or you get your money back.

How do we ensure your shed space is looking great and clean? We typically roll in a small bit of landscaping of the areas surrounding the shed and if there was a concrete slab foundation underneath the shed, we'll go ahead and pressure wash it for free.

Can you cut up a hot tub?

Hot tubs can be cut with a reciprocating saw. The force of the saw is required to penetrate the fiberglass material. However, if you've ever cut into fiberglass you likely know it can leave behind quite a bit of debris around your job site. Be sure to have a broom or blower around to clean up afterward.

What tools do I need to remove a hot tub?

As described above, your tool of choice will be a reciprocating saw of any brand. You'll also need wire cutters, gloves, and a 24 inch broom with thick bristles or a blower to pick up the debris.

Tools used to remove a hot tub

How much does it cost to remove a hot tub in the Greater Orlando Area Vs Doing it Myself?

If you have a standard 6 foot bed truck or regular car, you're going to need a larger vehicle or trailer to remove the junk and spa.  Junk takes up space and Uhaul offers both 8 foot bed trucks and 6x12 utility trailers which have enough capacity for the junk.

As of 2022 Uhaul offers flat rates of $19.95, plus a mileage fee, and self fill gas for their pickup rentals so if you can stick with a 6x12 utility trailer rental, you'll be better off.

You can rent a trailer from Uhaul for up to $35 a day.

Uhaul Truck to rent for a hot tub removal

You'll have to pay by the pound at the landfill. Prices range widely depending on your county or municipality.

Depending on how your local dump site is managed and the weather conditions, you may run the risk of getting stuck or getting a nail stuck in your tire so be prepared with a spare just in case.

Landfill image where you take a spa

Lastly, there's no price on the value of your time. Hot tub removal services are time consuming and can easily eat up your day, so block off the adequate time if you're doing it yourself.

Working with a local Junk Removal Company like Stand-To! Junk Removal and Demolition in the Greater Orlando Area can be a great way to save time if you want to trash that spa. We offer same day service and can remove any old tub with our full trailer rate of $525 with no hidden fees and offer a variety of discounts for referred customers, senior citizens, first responders, and military.

Uhaul 6x12 trailer is 8 cubic yards vs Stand-To! Junk Removal and Demolition's trailer is 15 cubic yards

We make hot tub and spa disposal quick & easy

We operate a 15 dump trailer which offers more than enough capacity to handle your old hot tub and any additional junk you need removed.

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These are the Steps We Take During a Hot Tub Removal

1. Drain Water and Cut Electrical

We'll ask that you let out all the water in the hot tub prior to our arrival. Then, we will come to your property, find the breaker feeding the hot tub and switch it off to ensure our crew's safety as well as the safety of your home.

Old hot tubs are typically have hard wired electrical so we will cut the main wire feeding the hot tub and request that you have a licensed electrician remove any wires connected to the main power box.

Cutting electrical wires to a hot tub

2. Pull Off Side Panels

Once all electrical has been shut off, we remove the hot tub cover and begin removing the side panels or surrounding deck to expose the inner structure of the old hot tub.

Pulling off the side panels of a hot tub

3. Cut Wood or Steel Base

Using a reciprocating saw, we will cut the frame.

A reciprocating saw cutting a hot tub frame

4. Cut Hard Plastic into Manageable Pieces

Cutting a hot tub into smaller pieces

With the frame removed, we will cut the tub to the point where we can haul it away.

Manageable pieces of hot tub to haul away

5. Load Up the Truck

We'll load up our 15 yard dump trailer.

If you have any other junk laying around that you've been meaning to get rid of we can take it at no additional disposal charge.

6. Leave Backyard Space Clean

Hot tub removal services can leave behind a big mess. We'll make sure to leave the room its located in, or the exterior space free and clear of any junk.

Sweeping up debris left behind after removing a hot tub

7. Responsibly Dispose of Your Old Hot Tub at the Local Landfill

We know what materials you can recycle and handle plenty of heavy items. No task is too tough for us.

Hot Tub Disposal FAQs

You may be left with some questions, here are some frequently asked ones.

Do I need to empty out my hot tub before you pick it up?

We would prefer that you do prior to our arrival. This will guarantee an expedited jacuzzi removal.

Just remove the bottom drain spout and let the water flow!

Draining a hot tub before removal

Do I need to disconnect my hot tub before you haul it away?

We will do all disconnections for you however, if you could be sure to identify the proper breaker prior to our arrival, it will save a lot of time.

Will a hot tub fit in one of your trucks?

Hot tub inside Stand-To! Junk Removal and Demolition's 15 yard dump trailer

We've taken all types of swim spa and have never encountered one too big for our 15 yard dump trailer.

Stand-To! Junk Removal and demolition 7x14 dump trailer

How much notice do I need to schedule a hot tub removal pick-up?

Depending on the time of day you call us we may be able to do a same day service.

It would be preferable if you would allow us 24-48 hours to properly plan our personnel and equipment needs to better serve you.

Booking a Hot Tub Removal

You can type in hot tub removals near me online and will find plenty of professional hot tub removal companies but, I'd like to say Stand-To! Junk Removal and Demolition is best!

When comparing Stand-To! Junk Removal and demolition to the other hot tub removal options in the greater Orlando area remember that we have the adequate tools and expertise built from countless junk removal and demolition jobs that we know how to take care of you best.

Plus, we are licensed and insured with general liability and workers compensation so you don't have to worry about who will cover any damages if damages were to occur.

If you're interested in a hot tub disposal and are wondering how much does it cost you can give us a call at 407-439-1486 to discuss your specific spa removal needs and receive a free estimate. Or you can click here and send us an inquiry online. Fill out the form like the one you see below and we'll get in contact with you.


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