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How to Get Rid of a Hot Tub

Hot tubs have always been a hit, but they’ve exploded in popularity over the past few years especially. Some chalk it up to the increased interest in home and backyard improvements as a result of extended COVID-19 quarantines, while others argue that it’s the new technology and features that come standard in modern hot tubs. No matter the reason for the recent spa-craze, some owners are finding that it’s time for an upgrade – and you might be wondering how to get rid of a hot tub before you purchase the new one. 

If you’re wondering whether your hot tub is beyond repair or if you’re just ready for a new luxury hot tub, then it’s time to be out with the old and in with the new. We have your guide to hot tub removal and disposal, so you can start relaxing in style sooner.

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DIY Hot Tub Removal and Disposal

Before you embark on the do-it-yourself route for hot tub removal, consider the risks and rewards of this option. The process requires specific tools and safety equipment, and may result in exposure to dangerous materials and dust. 

If you have experience with projects like this, and you already have the tools on hand, DIY removal may be right for you. Otherwise, you’re likely to save time, money, and stress with professional hot tub removal. 

Gather Your Tools

Dismantling and removing a hot tub is one project that will require you to break out your toolbox. To do the job, you’ll need:

  • Safety goggles
  • Protective gloves
  • A drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Jigsaw
  • Reciprocating saw

Remove the Hot Tub Skirt

The first step is the removal of the hot tub skirt, the process of which will depend on the material and construction of the hot tub skirt itself. 

Some are made with tongue-and-groove parts, and these can usually be unlocked and removed fairly easily without needing to use a saw. If the skirt is held together by screws, you can use a screwdriver to disassemble it that way. 


Disassembling a hot tub requires careful consideration and planning to be sure you are doing so safely. Make sure the power is shut off to the hot tub, and that all water, electrical, and gas lines are disconnected. 

The next step is to remove any wires, pipes, and motors. You can now use the saw to cut the tub into smaller parts—just be sure not to cut through any nozzles or jets.

Junk Removal 

So you have a pile of parts and your hot tub now resembles a jigsaw puzzle more than a spa—what do you do now? 

Whether you opt for DIY removal or a professional team, renting a dumpster is the easiest way to get the old jacuzzi out of your way. A residential roll-off dumpster like those delivered by Wall Recycling makes the process simple: Just schedule delivery for the day of your hot tub removal, have it placed conveniently in your yard or driveway, and place all of the discarded parts into the dumpster. Once it’s full, Wall Recycling will pick it up and take it off your hands, properly disposing of the parts so you don’t have to worry about anything except for relaxing in your new spa. 

Professional Hot Tub Removal

Many homeowners opt for professional hot tub removal over taking the project on themselves. Hiring a team for the job comes with many advantages:

  • Safety: The dust and debris that can be kicked up in the process of removal can present safety risks. Plus, power tools can be a hazard unless used with care. A professional team is trained and experienced for the task of hot tub removal, so you won’t have to worry about your safety. 
  • Prevent damage: Improper removal during a DIY attempt might lead to damage to your deck or patio—professionals ensure your outside space stays in good shape. 
  • Speed: Even if you do a perfect job of removing your hot tub, it’s likely to take a lot longer on your own than it would a team of pros. 

Professional Hot Tub Disposal

No matter what you choose, it’s a good idea to leave hot tub disposal up to waste management and recycling professionals. 

Roll-off dumpster rentals like those offered by Wall Recycling allow you or your hot tub removal professionals to simply toss the old parts into the dumpster. We take care of the rest, making sure old parts are disposed of in a way that meets city guidelines and is environmentally responsible. 

Call Wall Recycling Waste Management Services

Getting ready to swap your spa out for a state-of-the-art hot tub? Wall Recycling’s junk removal services do the work of disposal for you. Whether you need it for an hour or a day, you can rent a residential roll-off dumpster and have it dropped off and picked up at your convenience. 

Contact us today to learn more about junk removal in North Carolina!