Residential water tanks provide a wide range of benefits to homeowners. In some cases, the tanks are necessary, such as when a home is located in an area with low water quality. In other cases, homeowners prefer to install a water tank because it provides protection in the case of emergencies, such as fires and droughts, and is helpful for gardening and water storage. Regardless of the reason for installing a water tank, homeowners can avoid the cost of paying a professional by installing the tank on their own.
Check local electrical, gas, and plumbing codes
Laws pertaining to the types of water tanks that homeowners can install and the requirements to install them vary depending on location. In some areas, individuals require a permit or licence to install a water tank. There are also sometimes codes dictating the criteria a home must meet for installation. Before proceeding, homeowners should check with local officials to ensure they comply with any requirements for tank installation.
Gather the required tools
There are several tools required for the installation process of a water tank. Since not all water tank models are identical, the necessary tools may differ from tank to tank. This makes it important to read any paperwork that comes with the tank to make sure everything required is on hand for a successful installation. In general, the required materials include:
- Adjustable spanners
- Tape measure
- Plumbing glue
- Hack saw
- Thread seal tape
- Ball valve
- Drain pipe
- Flex PVC pipe
- Tap pipe
- Work gloves
- Pipe connectors in various shapes
The proper version of some of these items, such as the type of plumbing glue and the size of the drain pipe, depends on the individual tank. The assembler should consult the user's manual for specifics. It is also advisable to wear sturdy work gloves to protect the hands from injury during installation.
Select a tank location
In order to operate properly, a water tank must be on a level surface strong enough to withstand its weight. In many cases, water tanks rest on the ground, although they sometimes sit on sturdy shelves. The tank must also be near a water tap to provide a water source.
Turn off the utilities
For safety purposes, the power source of the water tank must remain shut off until installation is complete. If the tank runs off of electricity, turn off the electric supply using the circuit breaker. For a gas water tank, disconnect the gas line. Finally, turn off the water flow via the appropriate shut-off valves and water lines, depending on the design of the home.
Connect the drain pipe
If an old down pipe is already in place from a previous water tank, use a hack saw to remove it. Then, with the tank in its intended location, measure the length from the gutter to the top of the tank to determine how long to cut the down pipe. Measure and cut the pipe. Connect the tank to the gutter with the down pipe, using plumbing glue to attach the pipe connectors. Repeat the process to connect the overflow drain on the tank to the home's drainage system using another piece of down pipe. This allows any excess water to escape when the tank is full.
Connect the water pump
Connect the ball valve to the designated hole on the tank, and seal it into place using thread seal tape to protect against leaks. Then, use the same tape and the appropriate fitting to connect one end of a flex PVC pipe to the ball valve. Connect and tape the other end of the PVC pipe to the water pump, making sure to connect it to the outlet valve rather than the inlet valve. Lastly, use a tap pipe to connect the inlet valve of the pump to the water tap on the wall.
Reconnect the utilities
The final step is to turn the water lines, electricity, and gas back on to provide power and a water supply to the tank. The water tank is now ready for operation.
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