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What do Phalaenopsis, Miltoniopsis, Paphiopedilums, Cattleyas, Oncidiums and Dendrobiums all have in common? They’re all the featured orchids on proud display at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Even though we are still in the doldrums of winter weather that doesn’t mean you can’t experience a burst of spring anytime you like with a short hop to the gardens. At the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Fuqua Orchid Center you’ll find the newly established “Orchid Daze: Hanging Gardens” exhibit. As described in the official press release these orchids “burst forth with Technicolor tropical blossoms. Sunshine yellows, firecracker reds, deep purples, felicitous fuchsias — they cuddle up close to your eyes at this 10th annual fragrant display of all things orchid.”
As anyone who has worked with orchids will tell you they require some very delicate care. For the most part, orchids are best grown in a controlled environment such as a hothouse or indoors. That’s not to say that wild orchids can be grown in your backyard garden; you just might find that they are not dependable perennials.
Speaking of taking away the winter “blahs” have you ever tried hot tub in with snow on the ground? While it is true that there will be a race between the warmth of your home through the cold ground and into a backyard hot tub, the moment you find yourself immersed in those warm soothing waters all that cold temperature will be instantly forgotten.
Having an inviting hot tub situated in your backyard is one of the great perks of home ownership. However, it might be that you “inherited” your hot tub from the previous homeowners. If only that hot tub could talk! If an old hot tub is in need of replacement then you’ll need to hire a professional crew of junk haulers like Junk King Atlanta to dismantle and remove that hot tub in order to make way for the new model. Even if you have given up on the idea of having a hot tub (which would be a shame!) there is still a great amount of work involved in the removal process of a hot tub.
A dismantled hot tub is not something that can be thrown out in the weekly garbage. There are just too many bulky pieces that make up the construction of the tub. This is why you need to engage the services of professional junk haulers to make sure all of that refuse is removed in one trip. The last thing you want hanging out your backyard are stacks of rotting lumber and rusty water heater pumps.
If you play your cards right, there’s no reason Junk King Altanta’s haulers who are taking away the old hot tub can’t remove other items that you’ve been dying to get rid of. Take a survey of your basement, attic or garage and you’re sure to find plenty of other junk piles just waiting for a truck to take them away. Hiring these professional haulers will free up your weekend and give you more time to enjoy the orchids at the Atlanta Botanical Garden!
5 Must-Know Facts about Hot Tubs
Hot tubs are known around the world as being desirable. These huge, bubbly tubs have a lot going for them, but how much do you know about hot tubs? Even if you own one, how much can you say you know about its history? Here are 5 must-know facts about hot tubs:
- Hot tubs get their inspiration from nature: natural springs have been used by people throughout history, with a variety of results. People from certain cultures still attest today to the benefits that can come from a hot spring—hot tubs simply move that power to right outside (or may downstairs?) your home.
- The history of hot tubs begins in 1956: after a Jacuzzi family member was discovered to have rheumatoid arthritis. This family member would end up being the son of the first man to invent a portable hydrotherapy pump (alongside the father’s brother). The first integrated whirlpool bath did not occur until 1968, invented by Roy Jacuzzi.
- Hot tub benefits include a lot more than just muscle relaxation: they also aid in relaxation, sleeping habits, alleviating stress, and some studies imply they assist with high blood pressure too. Additionally, there are studies being done on the effect of hot tubs on people with Type-2 diabetes—weight loss has been recorded by some people.
- In the ‘dark ages’ a Pope turned away from hot tubs: well, he actually took a stance against bathing in general, but hot springs were becoming popular at the time. This mattered because the Romans, who were invading areas during this time, were famous for their bathhouses, and the heated rocks they used to heat the baths. In taking a stance away from hot springs, the Pope inevitably took a stance against the Romans by extension.
- Hot tubs typically only take $10-$20 a month to operate: however there are aspects that should be considered if you are thinking about buying one. For example, “hot tubs are more expensive to heat in the winter than the summer, and larger hot tubs cost more to heat than smaller ones. [Additionally] the more you use your hot tub, the more heat you lose to ambient air, requiring your heater to use more energy.
Additionally, did you know that there are so many hot tubs in the world, that at any given time there are at least 17,000 people using theirs? That’s a lot of bubbles. For more information regarding your specific Atlanta hot tub, you might be able to find even more outrageous facts.
How to Drain and Dispose of a Used Hot Tub Safely
Check out an infographic produced by Junk King about how to dismantle your hot tub here!
There are really two ways that you can drain a hot tub, and that doesn’t include the bucket method. According to HotSpring.com, those two options are either using a spigot or using a submersible pump:
- Draining your hot tub:
- No matter what draining method you choose to use, your first step will be to turn off the power to the tub at the circuit breaker. It is not enough to just turn it off, and running the pumps and jets without water in them is dangerous.
- If you are using a spigot:
- Find the spigot on your hot tub, taking note that some models have two. Those with two spigots are helpful, as the main spigot can drain most of the water, while the second will drain the interior pipes.
- HotSpring.com suggests that you should connect your spigots to a garden hose and allow for the water to run through the hose and into another drain. Doing this will protect your property from needlessly flooding.
- Remember to open the ball valve a little at a time, slamming it open might break the spigot or the threads entwined with the nose nozzle.
- If you are using a submersible pump:
- Put the pump inside of the hot tub, leaving the outflow hose outside of the tub. Note, that if your outflow hose is too short to reach a drain, you should consider connecting a garden hose to it to increase its length.
- Next, simply turn on the pump and let the hot tub drain. It is not advised that you start dismantling your hot tub until it is completely drained, so drain your tub the day before the removal (at the absolute latest). During this draining time, consider taking the time to wipe down the outside (and eventually the inside) of the tub.
- Complete hot tub disassembly (full-break down, non-salvageable):
[After your hot tub is drained out and dried, take a moment to double-check that all of the connections to the tub are severed. Ensure that your water is off or not connected, your electrical is not connected, and your gas is off or not connected. If you have a specialized hot tub, you will need to refer to your user’s manual to determine if there are any other connections that should be cut. ]
- Collect your tools; gather at least safety eyewear and thick work gloves, protective clothing or aprons, electric drills, screwdrivers, a jigsaw, a reciprocating saw, and some large tarps.
- Remove the tub skirt; you can grab a saw and cut through it, or you can attempt to take the walls apart yourself. Some hot tubs have tongue and groove pieces that can easily be taken apart, while others may have screws that secure them. Whichever method you choose here will be the difference between a complete disassembly or a donation.
- Disassemble the tub; working in a manner of priority, pull or cut out the motors, wiring, piping, and anything else your hot tub may have as an amenity. After this, you will be free to cut the tub itself into smaller pieces—be careful though, as the tub will contain multiple nozzles and jets and you cannot hit them with your saw. Don’t forget to remove the foam form from the inside of the cover as well. It and the cover can be cut down to size.
- Load and haul the debris; make sure to always wear goggles for any kind of disassembly work, especially when working with potentially hazardous materials. Once all of the parts and components are removed from your yard, tarp and tie down the pieces (if in an open truck bed). This is important as any parts that come out during your transport could result in deadly consequences on the road.
You, as the hot tub owner, can choose to do this job yourself, following the above information. However, due to the intensity of the work and the complications that sometimes arise during disassembly, it is highly suggested that you turn to professionals for your hot tub removal and disposal needs.
For your best Atlanta hot tub disposal service, choose to move with Junk King removal services. Unlike other removal companies, Junk King has the facilities to not only accept your hot tub but break it down and recycle it too. What’s even better, is that Junk King offers two types of services:
- Self-service—this consists of a 12-cubic yard MINI dumpster. Small enough to fit in your residential driveway, and big enough to handle multiple appliances!
- Full-service—this consists of a Big Red Truck and a two-person removal crew. The Big Red Trucks hold 6 regular-sized pickup truck beds worth of junk, waste, and trash.
Each service gives you the most amount of convenience to make your hot tub disposal as easy as possible. For example, if you were to order a full-service removal for your hot tub, part of that service comes with the disassembly of that hot tub. This means that in order to have your new or used hot tub removal, you will have two steps:
- Contacted and scheduled a full-service removal for the hot tub.
- Drained and dried the hot tub prior to that removal date.
Everything else is covered by Junk King.
The Best Atlanta Hot Tub Disposal Services You Can Trust
When it comes time for you to have your hot tub dismantled and taken away, choose the best Atlanta area hot tub disposal services, your local Atlanta Junk King. There are three ways to contact us and four ways to get a quote, pick your favorite and get assistance as early as tomorrow! When you move with Junk King, junk removal is as simple as 1, 2, 3—just point and the junk is gone.
- Call us at (706) 247-7513 to speak with a world-class customer service representative—from there, get a quote over the phone in minutes or schedule an in-person, no-obligation assessment of your junk.
- Text us at (737) 888-5865 to receive a text back, outlining your estimate. You can also order multiple estimates when using this service.
- Stay online and get your estimate in as little as 2 minutes when you use our Junk King pricing calculator. Specifically created for Junk King hauling, you can explore your options and pick the service that works best for you.