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Old Hot Tub Disposal Tips

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Old Hot Tub Disposal Tips

Removing an old hot tub can be tedious and, at times, overwhelming. You must be attentive when undertaking the disposal process, or you could make a costly mistake. Before beginning, please take a few moments to prepare for how to remove your old hot tub. The most important step when disposing of an old hot tub is understanding how to dismantle and remove the old tub safely. If you have the owner’s manual, use it as a reference for components you need to handle safely. M&M Waste can help you rent a dumpster while taking the hot tub apart. A dumpster rental gives you time to take apart the hot tub properly and dispose of it safely.

Disassemble

The first step in the process is to remove water and dismantle the spa. The water must be drained away from people, pets, and plants. Wear protective gear such as goggles, gloves, and boots when working with hot tubs, especially if they contain chemicals or other hazardous materials.

When working with any electrical equipment or machinery, you should always wear the appropriate safety gear, including gloves and goggles. Ensure that nothing sharp or jagged can fall into your eyes or cut your fingers while working on your hot tub.

Most hot tubs have a skirt around them that may have protected them from dirt and debris. You can remove this skirt using a screwdriver and pry bar for all removable parts. You may also need to use a reciprocating saw to cut through some parts of your hot tub, such as plumbing pipes or benches, if they don’t budge with your tools alone.

Use a screwdriver and pry bar for all removable parts. Cut into pieces with a reciprocating saw, which may require special blades. Avoid cutting nozzles, pumps, and hoses.

After removing all of the removable components without tools, use a reciprocating saw (also called a Sawzall) equipped with a metal cutting blade to cut through any remaining parts like the main chassis or frame. Cutting into pieces will help ensure that nothing ends up being dumped into landfills along with other waste materials.

Recycle What You Can, Bring to Landfill What You Can’t

There are many things that you can recycle when it comes to an old hot tub. For instance, the filters for many models still have a lot of life left in them and can be used again if appropriately cleaned. Even if they aren’t reusable, they can be recycled through most local recycling centers or places like Home Depot or Lowe’s stores. The same goes for hoses and pumps — although they are usually not recyclable per se (as they contain oil), some companies specialize in separating these items for recycling purposes.

Trade-In Your Hot Tub For Another

If you’re thinking about getting a new hot tub, you may be able to get a credit toward the purchase price if you trade in your old one. You may also be able to get a discount on accessories such as covers and chemicals.

Sell Your Old Hot Tub

If you want cash for your hot tub, selling it is probably the easiest option. However, this is only an option if you can find someone who wants an older model (or just wants to buy something used). If so, several sites specialize in buying and selling used products: Craigslist, OfferUp, and eBay are some of the most popular places people sell items online today. Additionally, there are my "Buy Nothing" groups for almost any area on Facebook. Surely, someone would love a free hot tub!

Repurpose Your Hot Tub

If it's still in good condition, consider repurposing it as a swimming pool or spa. Many people use this as an option for their children's play area, as well as even as a sandbox. Search social media for all kinds of inspiration.

M&M Waste

Because of hazardous components in a hot tub, it is imperative to take extreme caution during the disposal process. Always wear protective clothing and eyewear to protect your skin and eyes. Ensure the power is turned off before working on electrical equipment associated with the hot tub. Contact M&M Waste guidance and rent a dumpster for the disposal process.