Posted on May 11th, 2011 by Paulina Aguilera
As one of the bulkiest items on our list of things to move, transporting and loading a hot tub onto a moving truck is not without it’s fair share of hassles. Due the tremendous weight of a hot tub, the technical skill needed to safely drain it and disconnect it from electric sources, plus it’s extreme sensitivity to jostling movements, moving a hot tub is best left to the experts. Not only is special equipment needed to transport the spa, but the sheer cost you initially paid for the hot tub should be enough to convince you to hire experts.
If you’re curious about the hot tub moving process, MovingCost.com reveals how the experts move a hot tub in this post. But first, you may be wondering what the difference is between hot tubs, spas and Jacuzzis. Here’s a brief overview:
- Hot tubs: A hot tub is basically a tub filled with hot water for people to relax and lounge in. It’s made of wood on the outer layer, with a heater and water pump inside that keeps the hot tub’s water circulating and hot.
- Spas: Spas are hot tubs made out of an acrylic outer layer. They sport additional features from a standard hot tub, like jet streams and different settings for those streams.
- Jacuzzi: Jacuzzis are merely a brand of spa and tubs that became popular during the 1970s and ’80s. Their aggressive marketing campaign made them synonymous with spas and hot tubs – just like they wanted.
All three are considered interchangeable, even though one is a brand, one is made out of wood and one is acrylic-based. Whether you choose us to find professional hot tub movers or opt for a spa company near you to provide you with hot tub moving service, here’s what you can expect to see the spa movers doing the day you move your hot tub.
Water drained according to manufacturer’s instructions.
As soon as the hot tub movers arrive (usually two), have the manufacturer’s instructions on hand for them. They may not need it, depending on their level of expertise with different brands of hot tubs, but it’s better to have the instructions at the ready for their reference (and yours) anyway. The movers will disconnect the hot tub from its water source, usually your garden hose, and drain the water out as per the manufacturer’s guidelines. Once the water is drained, the hot tub is disconnected from its electrical source and dried up with towels.
Spa Karts or heavy-duty dollies transport the hot tub.
After a thorough towel drying, the hot tub is maneuvered onto a dolly specifically made for moving hot tubs, with Spa Kart being one of the more popular choices in hot tub moving dollies. The hot tub is hoisted onto its side, placed on the dolly and secured at a diagonal angle with rope, bungee cords or any other sturdy binding material. In some cases, spas may be too large for transport on a Spa Kart, generally if the hot tub is more than 8-feet long. If that’s the case for you, a crane may have to be booked in order to move your hot tub.
Hot tub is carefully loaded onto the back of the moving van.
Before the hot tub is even secured on the dolly, make sure the path from the hot tub to the back of the moving truck is cleared. Pets should be kept in their crates or a safe room away from the action while the hot tub is in transport. Once the movers are ready to move the hot tub to the moving truck, stay a safe distance away from them. The hot tub movers will then have the path clear to carefully roll up and load your spa into the moving van. From there, the hot tub may be padded with cardboard on the bottom or layers of blanket wrap to protect sensitive parts and then secured in the back of the moving truck with more sturdy rope.
Once your hot tub makes it to the other end of your move, the process will unfold itself backwards. Remember to stay a safe distance from the hot tub and to book the movers early, so the hot tub can be one of the first things loaded on the truck. Because of the size of the tub, keep in mind that it may be necessary to book two moving trucks if you have a large moving project. Many thanks to Almost Heaven for offering expert advice for us to share with you on moving a hot tub.
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