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Question DetailsAsked on 1/27/2017

How much would it cost to remove a large jacuzzi tub

I bought a house and there is a Jacuzzi that can fit probably 4 people. I NEVER use it. I want it gone! How much would it cost??

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Removal alone (and capping piping in place) probably around $400-600 I would guess for synthetic material type, probably more like $500-1000 if heavy steel or cast iron or a concrete or synthetic stone matearial, because that is a two-man job (or more). If acrylic or fiberglass that can be readily cut up for hauling out maybe a bit less.

If able to take out yourself, probably $150-200 for plumber to pull out and cap the plumbing if not built-in (i.e free-standing), or more like $300 probably if built-in. You can then cut or break up and haul out in pieces to the trash (maybe over several weeks if you have trash-can or curbside trash pickup that does not allow oversize pieces.

This of course does not include flooring or wall patching to cover up the unfinished areas that will be exposed - which might commonly run $1000-3000 additional likely depending on material type and whether it is possible to fill-in the tub footprint with new material, or if the entire floor needs replacing to get a uniform appearance.

If you meant you want to replace it with a non-jacuzzi tub, two options:

1) some manufacturers have plugs for the jet ports and return inlet that you push into place with a sealant, to take the jacuzzi part out of service and just use it as a regular tub. Be sure to disconnect the power to it too.

2) for full replacement with new single-person tub, depending on size and particular situation and flooring type and such, probably in the $5,000-12,000 range by a Remodeling - Kitchen and Bath contractor, complete including surround/tile/flooring/ sliding doors work - from cheapest to somewhat higher range.

BTW - if taking out a jacuzzi and not putting another tub in that spot (or using that piping run to an adjacent location) I strongly recommend having the piping cut back to where it comes off the main lines in the house and capped, because unused sewer line like that (unless it enters the drain lines from above) can accumulate solids and create a blockage point at the wye. Unused water lines tend to go anaerobic and form very nasty black water that can get into the rest of the lines during pressure drops - and can also (especially in metal piping) cause anaerobic corrosion failure of the piping in from 1-5 years commonly. I have seen metal piping that sat unused for many years which, even though the rest of the piping in the house was fine, could be crushed by hand it was so eaten out by anaerobic (low oxygen) conditions. Regardless of pipe type, the stinky, nasty-tasting anaerobic "black water" will still form over time in any pipe type, so if not planning to use it in the near future, I would cut it back short to its junction with the household piping and cap it. I leave an inch or two of pipe sticking out to be able to remove/cut the cap off and join onto for possible future connections. Cutting the piping back to its source can add significant additional cost at times, because while you generally just abandon the lines in place (blowing out the water lines to remove the water), it does commonly (unless accessible from an open-joist basement or crawlspace) mean opening up another access hole to get at the pipes to cut and cap them, so while the added plumber cost would commonly be only $100 or maybe less, the ceiling/wall repair might run several hundred $ more.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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