Installing Water Tanks at Home

Installing Water Tanks at Home

Rain water tanks are considered to be the smartest method of saving water for later use.  What’s great is that they are not just for gardens, but can also be used for other household tasks, such as flushing toilets and washing clothes.

To make rainwater drinkable, all you have to do is invest a little money into a water purifying system, and then you can start taking advantage of nature’s renewable source of water.  Water tanks can be installed in every home and many different sizes are available. You should consider the amount of rain that you receive in your area as well as your roof’s capacity to hold water if you’re considering placing your take above your house.   Both of these factors will help you choose the appropriate size tank for your home.

The great news is that you don’t need a professional to install a water tank.  All you have to do is follow a few simple steps:

  1. Plan for the location of the tank. This is a very significant detail. Consider its accessibility and proximity to a downpipe. When a water tank gets full, it can weigh as much as a small car, so the location must be large enough for a strong base to be installed. The location should also match the type of water tank you have, whether that be a vertical, horizontal, or cone-bottom type.
  2. Clean the tank with water and dish soap. Remove any soap and dirt by thoroughly rinsing out the tank with a garden house.
  3. Create the rainwater connections. Inlet hole and over flow holes should be positioned to fit your location. These holes can be cut using a key hole saw or jigsaw.  Disconnect the existing down pipe and redirect it using a combination of pipes and elbows of 45 and 90 degrees. To avoid dirt, grime, and other sediment caught in gutters, a filter device should be attached. This will prevent tank water from becoming contaminated. Mark the pipes so you can put them back into their original position, take them apart, spread on PVC pipe primer and adhesive, and put them back together.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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