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How To Remove an Old Hot Tub

September 25, 2023


Brian Westwood

September 25, 2023

So, you've decided it's time to bid farewell to your old hot tub. Whether it's because you want to replace it with a newer model or simply reclaim some space in your backyard, removing a hot tub can be quite a task. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of safely and efficiently removing your old hot tub. If you rather hire a professional, we can help you with that too. Just give us a call at (813) 200-8791 or contact us online. Otherwise let's get started!

old hot tub in Tampa, FL

Assessing the Situation

Before you start dismantling your hot tub, you need to assess the situation and plan accordingly. Here's what you should do:

  1. Safety First Ensure you have the necessary safety gear such as gloves and safety glasses. Also, enlist the help of a friend or two; this is not a one-person job.

  2. Check for Permits Some areas may require permits for hot tub removal, so check with your local authorities to avoid any legal issues.

  3. Disconnect Utilities Turn off the power, water, and gas supply to the hot tub to prevent accidents during removal.

turning off power box for hot tub removal

Draining the Hot Tub

The next step is to drain the hot tub completely.

  1. Locate the Drain Valve Locate the drain valve usually located near the bottom of the hot tub.

  2. Attach a hose Attach a garden hose to the drain valve and place the other end in a suitable drainage area, ensuring proper water disposal.

  3. Open the Valve Open the drain valve and allow the water to flow out. This might take a while, so be patient.

Dismantling the Hot Tub

Now comes the challenging part - dismantling the hot tub itself.

  1. Remove the Panels Start by removing the side panels of the hot tub. They are usually held in place with screws.
side panels need to be removed for hot tub removal
  1. Disconnect Electrical Components Carefully disconnect all electrical components, such as the control panel and heating elements. Label the wires to make reassembly easier.

  2. Cut the Shell Using a reciprocating saw, carefully cut the hot tub shell into manageable pieces.

Hauling and Disposal

Once you have dismantled the hot tub, it's time to haul away the pieces and dispose of them properly.

  1. Rent a Dumpster Competitive Edge Dumpsters offer affordable dumpster rentals in Tampa, FL. We have a variety of dumpster sizes to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for your needs. Check out our pricing page to learn more. Or call for a custom quote.
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  1. Recycle Where possible If possible, recycle the hot tub parts that can be recycled, such as the metal components.

Cleaning Up

After the hot tub is removed, don't forget to clean up the area properly.

  1. Check for Any Remaining Debris Inspect the area for any leftover debris or screws that might pose a safety hazard.

  2. Restore the space Restore the space where your hot tub used to be. You can plant grass, lay down a patio, or create a new outdoor space.


Removing your old hot tub is a task that requires careful planning and execution. By following these steps, you can safely and efficiently remove your hot tub, giving you the opportunity to refresh your outdoor space.

Common Questions

1. Can I remove a hot tub by myself? It's not advisable to remove a hot tub by yourself due to the size and weight of the components. Enlist the help of friends or professionals for a safe removal.

2. How much does it cost to remove a hot tub? The cost of hot tub removal can vary depending on your location and the size of the hot tub. It's best to get quotes from local removal services. Competitive Edge Dumpsters offers hot tub removals starting at $299.

3. Can I sell my old hot tub? Yes, you can sell your old hot tub if it's in good condition. Many people are looking for used hot tubs.

4. What should I do with the electrical components? Electrical components should be properly disconnected and stored safely. If you're not sure how to do this, consult a professional electrician.

5. How long does it take to remove a hot tub? The time it takes to remove a hot tub can vary depending on your experience and the size of the hot tub. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a full day.


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