Maintaining the cleanliness of water tanks can be challenging and a puzzle for many people. Commercial-size tanks and large storage tanks for home use can accumulate a lot of dirt in a short time, especially if they are not managed properly. Find out how to clean your water tank and prevent dirt build-up.
Check Critical Places Regularly
There are critical areas in a water storage system that can eliminate most worries if checked regularly to prevent water pollution and dirt build up. Regular inspection includes:
- Checking all inlets and outlets for dirt, damage or blockage every three months. Repair any damages, replace worn out items, and clean out dirt on the filters.
- Regularly checking the roof and gutters for dirt, preferably every two months. Ensure you sweep out any particles which often end up in the water tank. This precaution is especially essential for rainwater tanks.
- Checking the lid to ensure it's not broken and fits perfectly.
- Carrying physical inspection of the tank for any anomalies. Any damage or sign of interference should be taken seriously. Find what is causing the defect and repair it, or call a specialist.
Manage Sludge Build-Up Properly
The Australian Federal Health Department recommends desludging of water tanks every 2 to 3 years. Sludge can at times contain harmful substances, which if left to stay in the water for long periods can decompose and release harmful chemicals. You can check the amount of sludge build-up using a sludge judge.
Start with draining out all the water from the tank before cleaning. Otherwise, you can opt to close up water inlets before the next desludging date and first use up the stored water. Open the outlet and remove the outlet filter. Afterward, hose and sweep all sediments in the tanks, replace the filter and close the outlet.
If you cannot afford to drain your tank, dial up cleaning specialists to vacuum out the sludge. This method entails cleaning out the sediments without draining the water.
Position Your Tank Appropriately
Elevating your tank a few inches off the ground helps raise the outlets and thus reduce chances of dirt passing through the outlets into the tank. Another key factor to consider is the surrounding. Position the tank in a cool place with shade. However, do not place it or construct it under a tree, to avoid water contamination from birds' droppings and insects.
Water tanks are not cleaned regularly, but failing to clean them altogether can be extremely hazardous. Ensure you take necessary precautions to keep your tank water clean and safe for use.