How To Clean And Disinfect A Water Storage Tank?

How To Clean And Disinfect A Water Storage Tank?

In this day and age, we emphasize keeping things clean. The motive behind that is pretty simple and that is to stay healthy and avoid any disease or infection caused due to exposure to any contaminated substance. So, we shouldn’t be negligent about our surroundings and especially take extra precautions when it comes to things that we use on a daily basis. One of those things is the water we utilize to drink, bathe and wash. A lot of exposure to contaminated water can increase the chances of getting an illness or infection but that’s only the case when the source of the water itself is left unchecked for a while. In this case, the source would be the water storage tank.

What Is The Importance Of Cleaning And Disinfecting The Water Storage Tank?

If you haven’t cleaned your water tank for a while, then here are some reasons that might motivate you to disinfect your water storage tank once in a while –

  • Water storage tanks shouldn’t be left unchecked for a long period. If you fail to do so, then your water storage tank can cultivate and house a variety of pathogens and infectious algae. 
  • In order to avoid such repercussions, you must get your water storage tank cleaned and disinfected at least two times a year. This act alone will eliminate a great deal of contamination and you can also prevent future infestation though only for a fixed period of time.
  • Although it sounds unlikely the temperature of the tank can also affect the contamination rate. That’s why the temperature of the inlet and outlet of the water storage tank should be annually inspected.
  • If the situation demands it you should try to adjust the temperature inside the tank through various means which will decrease the chances of contamination.
  • However, you should also keep in mind that the gap between the internal inspections, which are done to check for any possible chances of contamination will depend on solely the type of water stored in the tank.  Potable water should be cleaned twice every year while non-potable water should be cleaned once each year.
  • You must also ensure that the water stored in the tank does not develop any dirt or debris deposits because then the water won’t be suitable even for menial tasks such as cleaning. 

Follow These Steps To Ensure That Your Tank Is Clean

Now that you are aware of all the repercussions that you might face, you must be wondering about ‘What to do next?’ or more accurately ‘How to do it?’ So following is a step-by-step guide on how to clean your water storage tank.

  • The first and foremost thing you should do is to drain the water tank thoroughly. The whole cleaning process will become much more efficient if the water tank is dry. You can also use a towel to wipe away any remaining moisture on the tank walls.
  • Thoroughly scrub and wash the interior of the water tank to remove any dirt and salt deposits that may have accumulated over a period of time.
  • Rinse out the tank by using fresh cold water to eliminate the dirty water that may have accumulated by the end of the previous step.
  • Use an appropriate amount of bleach solution to disinfect the tank then at least wait for two hours before rinsing the tank again. Be sure to rinse the tank properly to make sure that you thoroughly removed the bleach solution.
  • Now your tank is duly cleaned and sanitized. After rinsing your tank to clean off the bleach solution, you can now finally refill the tank and use it for daily activities. But be sure to repeat this process once or twice each year. You can also hire professionals to do the same task for you.