High-quality hot tubs are a great way to increase your home’s value, but did you know that outdated units can actually lower your property value? Unfortunately, older hot tubs weren’t built to last. In fact, some low-end models last for just five years.
The sooner you can remove those old units, the better off your home will be.
However, hot tub removal isn’t as simple as you might think, but when you know what to expect, you’ll be able to take care of the job fairly quickly. Here are a few tips to help.
Protect Yourself, First
Before you can start thinking of how to get rid of a hot tub on your property, you need to make sure you have the right tools for the job. Your safety is the most important part of the task.
You’ll need a respirator mask, safety goggles, sturdy work gloves, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Put your safety gear on and turn the water supply line off. The water shut-off valve’s location may vary depending on the model of your hot tub. If you’re not sure where it is, refer to your owner’s manual.
Disconnect All Electrical Components
Once you turn off the water, put your safety gear on, and make sure to turn the hot tub itself off. Turn the circuit breaker for the hot tub’s power supply off and unplug the main power cord from the outlet if you haven’t already.
When you’re sure the power is off, you’re ready to start removing the electrical components. You’ll want to remove as many electrical parts as you can. This includes the heater unit and any external water filtration devices attached to the tub.
Once the electrical components are gone, you’re ready to drain the tub and let the materials dry overnight. Connect a garden hose to the drain spout so you can guide the water to a designated drainage area.
Take the Unit Apart Carefully
When the tub is dry, you’re ready to start disassembling it. Start by removing the hot tub’s skirting materials. If you’re moving the hot tub to a different location, do this carefully so the materials can get reused.
Once the skirting is gone, you’ll want to deal with the fiberglass shell. If you’re reusing the hot tub, get someone to help you carry the shell to its new location.
If you’re replacing the hot tub with a new spa, use an electric saw to cut the fiberglass into smaller pieces. This will make it easier to maneuver into a dumpster or trailer headed for the dump.
Make sure to avoid cutting the fiberglass near plants or on your patio to reduce the risk of damage to your landscaping.
When In Doubt, Leave Hot Tub Removal to the Pros
Getting rid of a hot tub takes time, patience, and determination. It’s not something most homeowners can handle in a single day and can often lead to serious damage to your landscaping.
Instead of trying to handle it on your own, leave the hot tub removal to the professionals at Backyard Oasis.
Contact our team today to schedule a removal appointment and let us handle the task for you. We’ll make sure your home’s landscaping stays safe and will haul away and properly dispose of your old tub so you can get back to enjoying your yard.