How to Remove an Indoor Hot Tub

What You'll Need
Safety goggles
Sump pump
Hot tub manual

Having an indoor hot tub can be very convenient as a homeowner. However, at some point, you might need to remove one for a variety of different reasons. If you need to remove your indoor hot tub, here are the basic steps that are involved.

Step 1--Empty the Hot Tub

Before you can move the hot tub, you will first have to empty the water. A hot tub filled with water will weigh several hundred pounds, which makes it unmovable. If you have a drain in the bottom of the hot tub, simply open the drain and let it empty the water. If you do not have a drain, you will need to use a sump pump and a hose to pump the water outside.

Step 2--Review the Manual

After the water is out of the tub, you should start reviewing the hot tub manual. In most cases, it has been several years since the tub was installed and you are not familiar with how it was installed. By looking at the manual, you can familiarize yourself with all of the intricacies of the hot tub. You can see where the plumbing is located as well as the electrical system. Before you start cutting or dismantling a hot tub, you need to make sure that you are doing so correctly. Otherwise, it could result in permanent damage to the hot tub or serious injury to you.

Step 3--Unhook Electrical System

Refer to the manual to find out where the electrical system is located. You may have to remove a cover in order to locate it. Make sure that the main power to the hot tub is disconnected before doing anything. Then you can safely unhook all of the wires that provide electricity to the hot tub. You might have to use a screwdriver in order to unhook the wires or the cover.

Step 4--Address the Plumbing

Depending on how the hot tub to set up, you might have to deal with plumbing issues as well. Many indoor hot tubs will have a drain that is attached to the bottom. If this is the case, you will have to disconnect it from the hot tub. Sometimes, you will also have incoming water lines that fill the hot tub. Make sure that you disconnect these with your wrenches. You will also want to shut off the water main before doing so.

Step 5--Cut Out the Hot Tub

Your hot tub may be installed in a number of different ways. If it is installed into concrete, you will have to break up the concrete around it in order to remove it. In this case, you will have to use a concrete saw or a jackhammer. If it is not in concrete, you might be able to cut it out more easily.

Step 6--Remove the Hot Tub

Once the hot tub is freed, you will need to carry it outside. Be sure to get some help with this step as the hot tub will most likely be very heavy.