Water Tank Tips

Water tank tips: installation, maintenance and usage

When you are keen to install your own water tank for irrigation, security of supply, cost-effective harvesting or recycling reasons, we have all the water tank tips you need to get started with confidence.

Choose carefully

Firstly, choose a quality water tank from a reputable manufacturer if you want it to add value to your home for years to come. Here at Aquatec, we are proud to stock Roto Tanks, and our customers rate them for their ease of installation, use and longevity. Speak to our team for advice specific to your needs and any regulations which are likely to have an impact on your choice.

Water tank tips for installation

The easiest place to install your new water tank is close to a downpipe, so start by doing a walk around your property. When you have chosen this site, you’ll need to contact your council or go online to check what their rules are for rainwater tank installation. Typically, they will require you to have the tank installed by a qualified plumber.

The site itself must have a compacted, level and strong base (e.g. made from gravel, concrete, brick or similar) that will extend beyond the tank’s diameter and not be affected by adverse weather. There are also water tank stands available – talk to the Aquatec team for more advice here. Some customers will build water tank stands themselves, or an installer can build a bespoke one for you. One of the most popular bases is a concrete slab at least 10cm deep. This can be round or square but must extend by 10cm or more beyond the rainwater tank’s diameter. Another option is to make a timber frame from treated or termite-resistant timber and fill it with concrete to prevent any subsidence.

When moving the tank around to its installation site, be very careful to avoid sharp or rough surfaces which could damage the water storage drum. You’ll also need to check that the guttering above is clear from debris and that any damage is fixed. If your guttering isn’t directing water to your planned water tank site, adjust it to maximise rain harvesting potential. Remember to connect the tank’s overflow pipe to the stormwater outlet to avoid spillages.

Water tank tips for maintenance

It is important to maintain your water tank carefully so that you are saving water that is kept in a clean and healthy way for your gardening and greywater needs.

1. Every 3 months – flush the tank through, check that it’s working and do a good clean.

2. Every 6 months – check and clean the gutter so that there is no residue. Do the same with the roof and remove debris and overhanging branches. Clean and repair the water tank’s inlets, leaf filters and insect-proofing, and check that the tank and its roof is still structurally sound, filling any gaps or holes. Check that no animals can access the tank – including mosquitoes – and fill any gaps and holes if so. Finally, check the pipework for integrity and security.

3. Every 2-3 years – check that there is no sediment in the tank or sludge at the bottom of the tank. If there is, empty the tank out or syphon it off.

Water tank tips for usage

When plumbed and installed correctly, your water tank will harvest rainwater and give you ready water for your gardening and any greywater systems that you have in the house. You can use the harvested water for cleaning, watering plants and so much more. Remember to buy robust water storage and carrying devices for transporting the water around your garden or invest in a hose with the necessary attachments.

With a well-kept water tank, you can put money back into your pocket and do your bit for the environment at the same time!

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