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3 Facts That Homeowners Must Bear In Mind When Installing Rainwater Tanks

Due to the shortage of rainfall in most regions across the globe, governments are encouraging homeowners to consider rainwater harvesting. Rainwater tanks are an efficient way of storing water for long-term use such as watering gardens, washing, and general home use. With fibreglass, metallic, and plastic tank options available in different sizes, users have a range of options to get their homes or farms ready for the rainy season. Moreover, when you need to sell your home in the future, installing a water tank can raise the value of your property. Here are some top facts that homeowners must bear in mind when installing rainwater tanks. 

Rules and Regulations -- When buying and installing a water tank, shrewd householders must consider the rules and regulations governing the process. There are strict regulations regarding overshadowing, that is, the height a water tank can go above ground. Also, when you need to install a tank below ground, you might require some permits because of the risk of interfering with underground utility lines and groundwater aquifers. For large reservoirs that exceed 10,000 litres, homeowners might need local council approval in some jurisdictions. A rule of thumb is to consult your local authority before purchasing a tank. Note that in some instances, homeowners might be exempted from certain conditions.

Ground Stability -- Installation of a rainwater tank requires a stable base to support its weight. For instance, a huge tank perched on a timber tower can pose a serious risk when filled to the brim. For above-ground installation, the surface base should be firm, preferably made of durable concrete. Ensure the stand is away from walls because of the adverse effects of stress that is caused by excessive weight. Irrespective of the material used for the base, ensure that you compact the ground to achieve a level surface. Consider placing aggregate around the tank base to prevent soil erosion. By adhering to the manufacturer instructions, you ensure that the warranty is not voided.    

Rainwater Tank Fittings -- Before a tank is delivered, you need to know if you additional valves and fittings would be required. The fittings or accessories should be compatible with the type of reservoir that you purchase. During installation, the tank should have an allowance, which ensures that expansion, contraction, and future re-positioning are factored. Also, outlets, inlets, and overflows must be considered when installing the tank. Flexible fittings such as hoses are ideal when you plan on moving a rainwater tank in future. Note that most suppliers will charge you for the purchase and delivery of extra plumbing pipes and accessories that will be fitted to the tank.

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Industrial Supplies and Other Stuff

Hello, my name is Damian and on this blog, I will be discussing a topic which perhaps doesn't seem that sexy. The topic is industrial supplies and other stuff like equipment procurement. You are probably wondering how an 18-year-old got so interested in this subject. A lot of other people think I am strange and that I should be out chasing girls or something. Well, I got into this subject when I had to complete a college project on a local business. I ended up spending an entire summer hanging out at the local industrial plant. I learnt so much about the industry that I decided to start this blog. I hope you like it.


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