Small water tanks, such as small rainwater tanks, can be installed in a DIY project. However, you must be keen on the site you choose to install your tank because it's just as important as the type of tank itself. Both will define how much you spend and how efficient the tank will be in providing water in your home. The location of your tank will also determine how durable it will be. For these reasons, here are some tips to help you find a suitable location for your water tank installation.
Find Out the Building Regulations in Your Area
State and local councils have certain regulations concerning the installation of residential and even commercial water tanks. Check with your council to find out if any of the regulations will affect your choice of installation site. If you are buying your water tank from local water tank suppliers, you can also find out from them about any regulations. Most of them will have information on the requirements for water tank installations in your area.
Consider the Inclination of the Site
The type of foundation is essential when installing a water tank because it affects stability. The base has to be flat to fully support the tank. A tilting foundation may require extra reinforcement to support your tank. Besides, if you choose a sloping site, you will also have to excavate it to make it the foundation level. All these will increase your costs of installing the tank.
Look at the Adjacency to the Usage Areas
Areas such as toilets and laundry rooms where much of the water will be used should give you an idea of where to install the tank. Install your water tank as close as possible to these areas. The further away you install the tank, the higher the number of plumbing fixtures required and the higher your installation expenses will be. However, do not install it too close to your house that the tank puts stress on your house walls. The pressure could lead to serious damages.
When considering closeness to the usage areas, look at the downpipes or storm water lines too. Choose an installation site that is the nearest to these fixtures. Since the downpipes or water lines will feed your water tank, installing the tank close to them reduces or even eliminates the need to divert the pipes, which can be complex, time consuming and expensive.