It’s a good practice to keep every square inch of our house spic and span. We make sure to sweep it, clean it, dust it and mop it regularly, keeping it tidy. Do you even remember when was your overhead tank last cleaned? They store the most vital element of human life and that’s water. Hence it is highly inevitable to make sure that your overhead tanks are cleaned once, in every 6 months or at least once a year. Even the best water tank will accumulate algae, bacteria, etc in the long run, if left unattended. Cleaning your water tank can be a daunting task, but it is not. Let’s take a look at a few easy ways which makes water tank cleaning, a DIY:
Before we go ahead to clean the tank, we ought to carry out simple prep work. The first one is to drain the water storage tank. Open the outlet valve or the tap and direct the water to a location making sure that it will not cause any flooding or erosion. Or use the washout valve if available. Either way, you won’t be able to drain out the water properly. So do use a wet/dry vacuum to suck the water out completely.
Simply mix your laundry detergent powder or a washing liquid with hot water to make the cleaning solution. In case it is a huge cement tank, then make use of some unscented liquid bleach (generally 5% to 8.25% strength). A cleaning mixture will help you to remove the sediments and residue that might have settled down, easily.
A bristle brush or an abrasive sponge can help you to scrub off the inside of the tank with or without the cleaning solution. Horizontal strokes with an adequate amount of pressure will do the needful. Do not use brushes with steel bristles or sponges made up of steel. Because these materials are likely to be too harsh on the surface of the water tank especially when it is of plastic. If it is a large water tank made up of cement then it won’t be an issue.
After proper scrubbing of the walls and the ceilings of the water tank, we ought to wash it clean using water. A high-pressure jet can be handy in case of big overhead water tanks. If the sediments are still stuck, you can go in for vacuum cleaning.
In case, of a smaller tank using an anti-bacterial spray or liquid bleach is more than enough for disinfection. But in case you are disinfecting a huge cement tank, there is a ratio that needs to be followed. The standard water–bleach mixture is, for every 100 gallons of water add three cups of household liquid bleach. Let this stay in the tank for a minimum of 12 hours.
Once the soaking phase is over, clean the tank. Run adequate water even through the pipes so that the water used for cleaning doesn’t reach us through the pipes. Moreover, concrete is porous and so it tends to retain the bleach. So, it is safe to refill and drain the tanks once or twice repeatedly. Once the water is drained out, let it dry.
Thus, cleaning your water tank is super easy. But if you still find it time-consuming or a little tedious a lot of professional water tank cleaners are always at your disposal. Just book an appointment to get things done. Quality players like Ganga Kaveri Tanks offer the best guidance and customer support making maintenance, a piece of cake.