Upgrading your bathtub is a sure way to modernize your bathroom and gives homeowners the opportunity to pursue newer models with lots of features. After the new tub has been bought, it's time to get down to the business of removing the old one.
|What you can expect|
|Range per bathtub:||$66.32||$141.17|
|Range for this type of project:||$66||$141|
Bathtub Labor, Basic
Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete project. Bathtub will be detached from adjacent surfaces, broken into portable segments, and removed from premises. Fee is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of project site, and meticulous cleanup.
Bathtub Debris Disposal
Responsible disposal of all project debris, including the cost to load and haul old materials, installation waste, and any other refuse.
|cost to remove a bathtub|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per bathtub||$12.63|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 1 bathtub||$102.09|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 1 bathtub||$65.26 - $138.91|
Before starting, make sure your bathroom is clear of all knickknacks and decor that could get damaged in the removal process. Then place plywood sheets near the bath to prevent heavy equipment and tools from affecting the floor. Make sure the necessary tools are readily available, such as an adjustable wrench, pry bar, slip-joint pliers, shower stem socket wrench and safety gear.
The cost of removing a bathtub can vary based on each homeowner's unique circumstances. The size and weight of the bathtub are two major factors. While fiberglass models are light and easy to remove, older bathtubs, such as cast iron or claw foot, will require more time and expertise. There are also costs associated with the disposal of the bathtub. While some vintage models can be rehoused to opportunistic recyclers, others will require a fee to be disposed of in a junkyard.
This is not a one man job. Bathtubs can weigh up to 500 pounds, so most homeowners should consider leaving this project to the professionals. Plumbing knowledge is necessary as the drainage and water supply lines must be disconnected and then reconnected. A qualified professional understands building codes and can help homeowners avoid unnecessary damage during removal.