Cleaning water tanks periodically is an important part of maintenance. The length of time between cleaning sessions will depend on the source and quality of water entering the water tank. This article provides some good tips on how to clean your water tank safely and hygienically.
Cleaning and sanitation of a cistern or water tank may seem like a very hard thing to deal with, but in truth its actually possible to do without too much worry involved. The whole process can be handled with relative ease if you follow a simple pattern of tips, such as those ahead:
- You need to begin by cleaning out the dirt and construction leftovers. Simply remove the dirt with a broom or a wet cloth. If you actually have an old cistern or water tank you should make sure you drain all the water completely before you begin your cleaning efforts.
- You will need to work on bleaching the cistern up next. That can be done by scrubbing down the walls with a bleach mix so you can disinfect them. You must mix a quarter cup of bleach with about ten gallons of water. You must use that the clean the walls of the tank, but you must make sure you have an air hole available for ventilation purposes. This will help you avoid the bleach fumes if you’re working from inside the tank. You might also use chlorine for this, but bleach is more easily accessible and therefore the faster option for cleaning.
- You will need to rinse the bleach mix as best as you can before you’re finished working. Use a hose and spray the inside of the cistern until you can’t smell bleach and then even longer than that. If you’re planning on using the water inside as drinking water bleach is the last thing that should be there.
- Unless you happen to come across a major issue, you won’t have to deal with cleaning out the cistern for at least five years before the next time (depending on your water source). This has to be done once in a while to ensure you have no bacteria present in the water as well as other issues. Disinfection is an important step of the cleaning process.
- You can use a chlorine pump for easier disinfection, making it a very useful, efficient and simple method of sanitation. You should put chlorine in the water as it enters the house, then leave it like that for about five minutes. This should be more than enough time to kill the bacteria inside. You can use a water storage tank that is between the water’s origin and the point of its release. You should run the water for a good deal of time to get the chlorine out of is at much as you can. This will leave a specific aftertaste when you’re done though so use it only if you have to.
- You should use bleach for sanitation purposes instead of chlorine if that works better for you. You can add an ounce of bleach for each two hundred gallons of water in your water tank. You should do this once a week if you want to keep a good quality of water (again, depending on the source and quality of your water). It may not be quite as effective as using chlorine, but it won’t leave a lasting chemical after taste.
- Sometimes the water tank has accumulated a large number of issues and things are simply beyond hope. This is a time when you will need professional help for an inspection. Older water tanks can lose their integrity and disinfection capacities, so make sure you are aware of how well it works and whether you need to change it. If the water starts changing colour or you notice corrosion or leaking, then you may need to consider retiring the tank.
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Guest post by: Susan Papes (Susan is a 28 year old mother of the little John. Being a full-time mother and a housewife, she became an expert when it comes to cleaning, washing, keeping the house clean and tidy and etc. At the end of the day she feels devastated but satisfied for taking care of her beloved).
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