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3 Ways to Prepare Your Hot Tub for Crane Transport

wooden hot tub

After a long, grueling work week, a warm soak in your hot tub is a great way to spend an evening or weekend afternoon. So now that you're planning to move, leaving behind your hot tub is the last thing you want to do. Fortunately, you don't have to give up your piece of serenity.

With a crane rental service, you can safely and securely move your hot tub from your old house to your new home. Learn what you should do to get the most out of this service.

1. Leave the Process to a Professional

Operating a crane takes a massive effort. While some rental companies leave you to operate the crane on your own, it is always a safer and often more efficient process to partner with companies that include a skilled operator as part of the rental.

Hot tubs can weigh thousands of pounds when they're full, but did you know that an empty hot tub can easily way more than 800 pounds? Given the sheer magnitude of a hot tub, one mistake while using the crane could send it crashing down on the ground below.

For example, if the hot tub were to fall while you attempted to install it on a wooden deck, it would easily cause significant and costly damage to the deck, not to mention the hot tub itself. You can save yourself a lot of time, money, and stress by relying on a service that operates the crane for you.

2. Research Your Hot Tub's Specs

For the most part, cranes work similarly, in that they are designed to transport heavy objects. However, the commonality in their function does not mean that all cranes are the same. To ensure safety, a crane operator will need to know the dimensions and weight of your hot tub.

If you do not provide accurate information and the operator attempts to transport the hot tub with a crane that's not designed to accommodate its size, the crane could fail, and even worse, the hot tub could be destroyed.

You should also consider the area where the hot tub is being removed from and installed at your new home. For example, if overhead power lines are near the installation area, the crane operator must know this information beforehand to ensure they have the right equipment for a safe installation.

3. Perform Any Necessary Repairs

To avoid unnecessary problems, always inspect your hot tub and perform any repairs before you plan to have it transported by crane. During the inspection, you can begin by looking at all the fasteners and screws that keep the hot tub intact. Should you see any rusted fasteners, you want to go ahead and replace them now.

In such a weakened state, the process of moving the hot tub by crane could cause further stress on the fasteners and cause them to fail when the hot tub is being lifted or installed on the surface.

You should also take this time to ensure the motor and other internal compartments are securely bolted in place. A motor that is already detached could move even further during the transport process and lead to costly damage.

A hot tub is more than just a place you go to relax; it is also likely a significant investment you've made. At Prestige Crane Service, we are committed to helping you move your hot tub from your old home to your new home with ease and without damage.

Contact us so that we can discuss your hot tub transportation needs, as well as any of our other crane services you need - we are here to help.