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Maintenance Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your Water Tank

8th April 2024 in water

To prolong or perhaps even extend the usable life of your water tank, it’s very important to take care of it. By doing so you’ll also ensure that your water supply is continuous and reliable, you will minimise disruptions caused by possible sudden water tank failures, and you’ll also reduce some of the environmental impact as there will be a much less frequent need to install a replacement, if one is required.

In addition, keeping on top of water tank maintenance will help keep water quality high and consistent, as you’ll be taking steps to prevent the contamination which can occur when tanks deteriorate. In this edition of our blog, we'll give some tips on how to care for your water tank.


How do I maintain my water tank?


  1. Monitor and Inspect your Water Tank

You should undertake regular visual inspections of your water tank as this will help you quickly identify whether you have problems. Checking on a six-monthly basis is recommended, though there is no harm in checking more often if you feel your circumstances require it. Look for signs that might indicate damage, including corrosion or leaks. If there are cracks, rust or loose fittings you should take care of their repair or treatment as soon as possible. Check the valves and pipework of your water tank and also inspect its fittings to ensure that they remain stable, plus the foundations to ensure that they are firm. An insecure structure or base could result in complications developing or increasing as time goes by.

Regularly testing the quality of water stored in the tank will be of general benefit and will also have quite an impact on the longevity of your water tank. If the supply contains high levels of impurities or minerals it is likely to cause scaling and sediment build-up inside the tank. Think of how your domestic kettle ‘scales up’ on the inside - but on a bigger scale. By undertaking water testing you will also be able to detect any bacterial contamination or changes in the water’s chemical composition.

Older water tanks may suffer from deteriorated or damaged interiors, so it may be worth relining, which can help prevent more corrosion and leaks, and therefore extend the longevity of the tank. Tank relining should only be undertaken by professional experts.


  1. Clean Your Water Tank

Regular cleaning is essential when you have a water tank. Undertaking or scheduling cleaning on an annual basis is about right – though doing so more frequently is not a bad thing. Cleaning will assist in preventing sediment build-up - something which can cause a reduction in storage capacity and may also invite bacterial growth. Cleaning your tank at least once a year is recommended and can be carried out by experts from Tanks R Us. One of our fully qualified OFTEC approved engineers will inspect your tank before offering a thorough cleaning service, ensuring the continued efficiency and performance of your tank. We are fully accredited (including Single Stage Pressure Jet Servicing & Commissioning (OFTEC), and Confined Space Awareness) and are also fully insured.

At Tanks R Us we stock a vast array of tanks for many different purposes, including water storage tanks. We also stock many necessities and accessories for your water tank or system, including gauges and alarms, pumps and more. Plus, we offer installation, removal, replacement and cleaning services - so whatever your water tank needs, get in touch with us to discuss and we’re sure to be able to help.

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