3 Locations of the Hot Water Tank That Needs the Most Insulation
The water tanks available in the plumbing market comes in various size, shapes, colour, and materials imaginable, be it made of plastic, metal or concrete. All of them are accompanied with their own advantages and unique features to persuade the users and consider the preferable. Yet water tanks aren’t grouped and sorted through these features. The tanks we install in our homes are grouped depending on their final insulation locations. Here are the various locations suitable for your water tank installation.
1. Tanks buried beneath the surface of the ground
The water tanks buried below the ground are oftentimes made up of metal and plastic materials. Yet, there is a minor difference on the installation and burying processes between the two. The plastic water tank can easily be installed without much inconvenience. Plastic tank can be dropped into the pit and is then filled over, yet the concrete tanks needs so much processes before completing the installation. For example, there should be a formwork, topping off, pouring and covering which more hassle and inconvenient compared to plastic water tanks. Plastic water tanks, when it comes to function and operation, are a bit faster compared to that of the concrete. Yet when it comes to durability and strength, homeowners are ensured that concrete pipes are better and will last longer.
2. Tanks under your house
Bladder tanks are the best option for this situation, unless you are constructing a new building. This is indeed very helpful to homeowners and aids them when it comes to the restricted space in their homes. This has a balloon-like interior intended to store the water. Water flow is never an issue with this water tank as this has a check valve that prevents water from flowing.
3. Tanks above the ground
The most varieties of water tank are for the above ground locations. There are several above ground tank types you can choose from. The important things you should consider when choosing an above ground water tank is its tank size and its serviceable lifespan.
Here are the major varieties of above ground water tanks.
● Above ground small plastic water tanks
This tank comes in various shapes and can hold up to 2000 litres of water. They could be spherical, cylindrical, round or square. This is suitable for areas with small available space for water tank installation and an area to fit a larger one is hard to find. They could be placed on a small stand. The disadvantage of this tank is its incapability to handle the ultraviolet rays of the sun. The sun’s rays could cause them to degrade and deteriorate immediately. Most homeowners paint them or keep them away from the sun’s heat but this tank has its fixed lifespan no matter what.
● Above ground metal water tanks
This tank is obviously made out of metals with some specific built-in treatments to avoid corrosion activities. They are usually installed on towers or frames to avoid failures due to movements. They could contain up to 15000 litres of water yet rusting and corrosion are the ones reducing its lifespan.
● Above ground concrete water tanks
Concrete water tanks could contain up to a million litres of water. They can restrain any corrosive activities yet are not very resistant to settlements. They could crack and break due to movements. When you have already installed the tank, there is no way for you to relocate it thus, it is advisable to install it right where you want it to be