As more homeowners are opting for rainwater harvesting to contend with the spreading drought in Australia, there has been an increased need for residential water tanks. However, depending on the design of your home coupled with the space available to you, conventional reservoirs may not be an ideal option. Fortunately, the advent of slimline tanks has provided individuals with both an attractive and space-saving alternative that can be discreetly installed on their compound. Nevertheless, purchasing a slimline tank does not mean you can place it haphazardly on your property. Below are primary considerations that go into the installation of slimline tanks.
Placement of the slimline tank
When scouting for the best location to install your slimline tank, it is not merely enough to ascertain that the size of the tank can be accommodated. The first thing you need to do is inspect the various locations of your property's downpipes so that the tank can be as close to these structures as possible. This consideration ensures maximum harvesting of the rainwater that flows down from your roof. Secondly, you need to make sure that the tank will be placed on a firm base. However, it is also critical that the support-base extends beyond the perimeter of your slimline tank to provide maximum stability. Thus, you may find that it is imperative to construct a base for your tank once you have determined a suitable location for it.
Pipework of the slimline tank
If you intend to use the collected water for indoor applications, pipework will be a critical aspect of slimline tank installation. Typically, this type of plumbing is in the form of an overflow pipe that will direct water to your current plumbing hardware. Take precautions to ensure that the piping hardware being installed will not be a cause of any stress to your existing plumbing fixtures nor your slimline tank. It is recommended to have a professional plumber carry this installation out for you. Furthermore, it is advisable to have the piping be secured at the side of the slimline tank rather than horizontal placement to prevent any undue pressure on the tank.
Accessories for the slimline tank
Once your tank is secured in place, you should consider buying several accessories that will facilitate the water harvesting. One key accessory every rainwater collection tank should have is a rain head, which functions to deflect organic matter and any other debris that may be washed down with the water. Another accessory you might find quite nifty is a water diverter that works to flush out the first wave of rainwater. Hence, your tank does not collect the initial run-off that could be contaminated by dust and other pollutants that could bypass the rain head.Share