The Benefits of Installing a Rainwater Tank

September 2, 2016

installing a rainwater tank

A rainwater tank can be an excellent investment, providing water when you need it and saving you money on water rates. In traditionally drought-conscious Perth, it makes a lot of sense to have your own water supply on tap to help manage your water needs.

Modern Rain Water Tanks

New rainwater tanks aren’t the old-style rusty tanks you might think of, but rather they are modern, advanced and fully-equipped. They are also much more efficient, and far less prone to the usual problems of old-style rainwater tanks.

Modern rainwater tanks can actually be fitted to interior plumbing. They can provide water for the dishwasher, the toilet, and the washing machine. If you’re thinking that those are the three very heavy duty water users in your home, you can see why rain water tanks are becoming so popular in Australia.

Rainwater tank plumbing of this kind is now a good economic option for modern homes. These very high capacity tanks can provide lots of water cheaply and efficiently. They are also a very good economic asset for the community, providing water on a needs basis and reducing the strain on the water mains system. It really is a win-win situation for city councils and residents.

Selecting a Rain Water Tank

When selecting a rainwater tank, there are several practical considerations:

Capacity – A large rainwater tank provides excellent water storage capacity and is ideal for rainwater plumbing needs. Smaller tanks also provide considerable amounts of water, but the tank capacity obviously affects usage.

Tank size and fitting the tank to your home – For smaller homes, a large tank may be a bit too large. Make sure your selection is a good fit with your roof drainage systems.

Type of tank – There are several different types of tanks, including concrete, modular, bladder, slimline tanks, and poly tanks, made of tough all-weather plastics. Depending on your needs, it’s a good idea to check all your options and get professional advice regarding your best choice.

Installing a Rainwater Tank

The tanks are installed on site, and simply connected to your roof drainage systems. One possible issue with rain water tank installation is the amount of space a large tank may use, and possible access problems if the tank takes up a lot of space. It’s a good idea to consult with your supplier regarding any possible on-site issues of this kind.

Connecting Your Tank to Your Roof Drainage System

Connecting your tank needs to be done properly, preferably by your local roofing professionals in Perth to ensure it works efficiently. The connection must be a perfect fit, properly sealed and check to see that it drains properly from the guttering and downpipes.  The old drainage outlet may also need to be slightly modified to take overflow if the tank reaches full capacity.

Take a little time to explore your rainwater tank choices. You’ll be astonished by the new technology and its possibilities. When you’re ready to buy, consider contacting Air Roofing, your local specialists.