Water tank stands – choose wisely!

Water tank stands are a significant investment, whether they are made from steel, timber or brick.  It is very important to choose water tank stands that are properly designed to support the considerable weight that full water tanks exert on the structure.

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There are many people in South Africa that purport to be experts at building steel tank stands but be very careful of accepting a tank stand made up in the backyard of a diy/handyman type.  For sure, there are some handyman types that build adequately strong and well-designed steel tank stands but can they offer a guarantee that the structure is built according to structural engineering standards?  The pictures below depict a steel tank stand (for a 5000 litre vertical water tank) that was built by a typical ‘I can do everything’ mechanic/handyman.  The second picture shows where one of the main corner posts is beginning to buckle/bend.  The tank stand platform in the example below is also sagging under the weight of the 5000 litre tank – not a good sign!

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This DIY tank stand’s platform is sagging under the weight of a 5000 litre tank (5 tonnes of downward pressure)

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Main structural support beam is starting to bend outwards – a sure sign that the stand will not withstand extreme environmental conditions

The lack of cross-struts on the above tank stand could result in movement of the structure during high winds. Movement of water tank stands should be minimized as it will eventually result in metal fatigue and cracking of the concrete foundation support pillars.

Another thing to check is to make sure the installer secures the tank stand in a concrete support base.  We have come across tank stands that have merely had their corner posts buried in soil – a recipe for disaster during floods or high winds.

With the above in mind, we recommend water tank stand (and silo stands) made by JoJo Tanks.  JoJo steel tank stands are designed and built by a registered, professional structural engineer and you can be sure the JoJo tank stands are rated to cope with the tank sizes they are made for (available in heights ranging from 1.5m to 9m for both 5000 litre vertical tanks and 10000 litre vertical tanks).  JoJo tank stands are supplied in kit form for easy transport and are ready to bolt together.  Installation guidelines are also available with the purchase of every JoJo tank stand.

Click on the links below to view the wide range of JoJo Tanks products available in South Africa, including tank stands, water tanks, rainwater tanks, chemical tanks, underground tanks, silo tanks, septic tanks and other high quality JoJo Tanks products.

JoJo Tanks South Africa offer a wide range of products such as plastic water tanks and chemical tanks to suit every household, business or agricultural need, including silo tanks and silo tank stands as well as other high quality JoJo Tanks products.  See JoJo Tanks’ VERTICAL TANKS, HORIZONTAL TANKS (transporter tanks), STEEL TANK STANDS and OTHER JOJO PRODUCTS and see JoJo Tanks’ NEW 6000 LITRE UNDERGROUND TANKS. Also see our FAQ and WATER TANK PRICES.

JoJo’s superior polyethylene plastic water tanks and steel water tank stands make JoJo Tanks the leaders in plastic water tank technology and the quality, affordability and 5-year guarantee on these water tanks make JoJo products one of the best choices in South Africa.  *All JoJo Tanks polyethylene tanks and products now carry a 8 year warranty (on tanks purchased on or after 1 July 2013)*  JoJo’s water tanks and chemical tanks come standard with a number of features that are often lacking on cheaper/inferior plastic tanks made by other companies in South Africa.

We are authorised JoJo Tanks dealers in South Africa and dispatch orders directly from JoJo Tank depots to save on transport costs. Full range of JoJo Tanks products and JoJo water tanks for sale.  CONTACT US for a quote on the right JoJo water tank or other JoJo product for you.  Special discounts are available on multiple orders of chemical tanks and water tanks and to our commercial and government customers. We can usually delivery tanks and tank stands free of charge to business/commercial addresses in South Africa.


(15000 litre and 20000 litre JoJo vertical water tanks & chemical tanks are available on order directly from JoJo Tanks’ main factory)

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