The Ultimate Water Tank Maintenance Checklist
16th April 2015
By Aaron Pace
If you’ve got your very own Poly Water Tank setup, you’re going to want to ensure it remains at its best over its lifetime. This requires some simple, yet vital maintenance.
A healthy tank requires your attention, especially if you are using it as a source of drinking water.
Below is a concise, helpful guide on what you can do to ensure beautiful, clean water and a tank that will stand the test of time:
Mosquitoes are awful at the best of times, and they don’t belong in your water supply. Stop contamination by being vigilant:
- Check your tank overflow screen and tank strainer for any holes where debris, mosquitoes and other bugs can enter. If any are present, these will need immediate repair and you will need to test the integrity of your existing water supply.
- In summer, you will need to check for the above more frequently.
- Check your first-flush guards for maintenance required, and give them a decent clean.
- Check and clean leaf guards on the rainheads.
- Check your roof and gutters, cleaning any debris, leaf matter, contaminates such as bird droppings and anything else unsavoury.
- If there have been recent storms, this level of maintenance may be required more frequently during the season.
You may wish to consider an annual tank servicing and clean by a specialist company, as it can be quite a big job. Here’s what (should) be involved:
- Check entire tank, including accessories and removable components for areas needing repair.
- Visually check the water supply – it should be clean, clear and free of any unusual odours.
- Check for any evidence of animal or insect access; it is important locations of entry are found and repaired.
- Check for any algae growth; this is typically a direct result of sunlight infiltration, therefore if algae is present you will need to close areas of sunlight penetration.
- Check overall tank structure for stability and integrity.
- Remove the “sludge” build-up from inside the base of the tank.