We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What are the Best Tips for Hot Tub Disposal?

By Kay Paddock
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At HomeQuestionsAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

When a hot tub is no longer wanted, there are a few different ways to get rid of it. A used hot tub that is in good condition can be sold to someone else. One that doesn't work well can be removed by hot tub disposal professionals. These companies typically either practice hot tub recycling or re-manufacture the tub into a new unit. The last option is home hot tub disposal, which usually requires time, tools, and the ability to take the parts to a trash disposal area.

The easiest method of hot tub disposal is one that requires other people to haul it away. Selling a used spa can achieve this, as long as the buyer has a method of transporting it to his location. A hot tub that can fit into the back of a standard pick-up truck will still be heavy and may require several people to lift. Larger spas commonly require flatbed trucks and special equipment to help move them. If the owner doesn't have the capability to move a spa, finding a buyer that can transport it might not be easy.

Another easy option is to have hot tub disposal professionals come and haul the unit away. Removing a hot tub is much easier for such workers, because they generally have the equipment to transport it in one piece. The typical cost for spa disposal starts at about $150 US Dollars (USD), and usually goes up depending on the size of the tub and how difficult it is to remove. Since the cost of moving such an item is less if the job is easier, homeowners should make sure that there is a clear path from the spa to the removers' vehicle.

Draining the tub and unhooking it from water and power supplies should be done before the spa removal company arrives. If a crane must be used to remove it, as in over a fence, the cost of renting this equipment is usually added to the company's base fee. This extra expense can be avoided by temporarily removing enough of the fence to allow the hot tub to pass. Also, the owners should remove any possible hazards, like snow or ice, that may be in the removers' path, to avoid potential problems.

The least expensive option is home hot tub disposal. This usually requires tools, like a reciprocating saw and jigsaw, because the tub must be cut into small pieces. Gloves and safety goggles, as well as experience using the saws, are necessary for safety. Before starting this process, the tub must be completely disconnected from water, electrical, and gas lines, as well as drained and dried.

It is also important to read the hot tub manual, prior to a do-it-yourself job, to understand where any special wiring or gas lines are located within the spa. These must be removed so that the only parts left are the outer frame, or skirt, and the spa bed. This usually ensures that there is no chance of cutting through wires that may still hold an electrical charge, which may be dangerous. The hot tub can then be cut into chunks small enough to fit into a dumpster or other container for trash disposal.

HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By anon1002241 — On Oct 06, 2019

Bury it and fill with sand for the kids or dirt and plant stuff. But seriously, do you really want it to continue to hang over your head?

By anon971867 — On Sep 30, 2014

Use it as a decorative pond somewhere on your property. Dig the hole to size, stack nice stones behind and around it, install a cheap pool pump to create a waterfall effect.

By Axeleye — On Jan 27, 2014

Are there any options available for reusing the hot tub? For example, could it be drained, then filled with soil and used as a flower or vegetable garden? What about other lawn ornament ideas, or some type of children's play house? Perhaps it could be broken down with assorted parts reused as well.

HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.