For Your Tankworks Metal Water Tank
general your water tank requires very little maintenance to keep
it working well and looking good. Here are some helpful hints in
caring for your tank.
Inlet leaf strainer.
This is a fine stainless steel mesh about the same size as your
typical fly screen. The water passes through this strainer as it
enters you tank and is located on the top of your tank. This strainer
should be cleaned regularly to ensure it does not become blocked.
It is a good idea to keep leaf build-up and sticks etc off the lid
of your tank. These can build up over time and add weight to the
lid of your tank and also stain its appearance. Pot plants or other
items should not be placed on the top of your tank.
External surfaces of tank.
While not necessary to clean the outside of your tank the occasional
hose off (with rainwater of course) is recommended to keep you tank
looking at its best. This removes dust and dirt build up. Ensure
youkeep debris build up away from the base/wall of your tank. Don’t
allow dirt build up around the bottom lip.
The most important aspect of your tank setup is its base. Inspect
the base area every 6 months checking for any movement or damage
to the slab or pavers. If the base begins to move or crack etc.,
immediately empty the tank to remove the weight and have the fault
corrected to prevent damage to the tank. Remember that there is
no warranty for the tank if the base has failed. All tanks must
be fully supported by a flat and level base.
Sediment build up inside.
Over time your tank will build up a sediment layer on the bottom
of the tank which is normal. This layer build up is dust that settles
out of the water which has run off your roof and gutters. It is
harmless and natural and should not be disturbed or removed until
the build up reaches the tank outlet or approx 20 mm thick. This
will take many years depending on the location and environment.
There are professional tank cleaning companies who will come and
clean this sediment layer out for you. Another option is to wait
for your tank to be empty and then open the bottom valve (disconnect
from your pump if you have a pump installed) and with a hose through
the removed inlet strainer you can stir up the sediment and allow
it to run out. This will not do a 100% job but will remove most
of the build up. You can also reduce the amount of material entering
the tank by using a first
Some customers who have a lot of leaves in their gutters can sometimes
have a smell from their tank. This is best dealt with by first ensuring
the gutter and leaf strainer are clean and then by placing a small
amount of chlorine in the tank to kill off the bacteria causing
the smell. Best to use the tablets from a pool supplier but ensure
you check with them the recommended dosage depending on your tank
capacity. The chlorine will disinfect the water and then after a
week or so most will be evaporated out of the water. If you tank
is for drinking purposes this procedure is not recommended.
Most mozzies or wrigglers make their way into your tank from first
breading in your sagging and leaf clogged gutters. They wash down
the downpipe and are small enough to pass through the inlet strainer
and into your tank. To treat your tank for this problem use the
same method as described in Smelly water above.
hope these tips help you get greater life, and better use out of
your Tankworks tank from Enviro Friendly.
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