Best place to have your tank positioned around the house

Deciding on where to place your tank and making plans for your home can be very exciting; the rush of having to make decisions and customizing the feel of your home, the excitement of purchasing new products to install. We understand the feeling; it’s a good one but sometimes we tend to rush or overthink certain decisions and sometimes we also feel some decisions we make are best for us whilst in some cases, they are not.

water tank

Tank placements are vital in water supply, water distribution and circulation within your home or community.It also literally affects all aspects, the internal and external feel of your home. Tanks can be placed:

  • On stands to be suspended above the ground
  • Directly on top of the housing unit
  • On the ground level
  • Beneath ground level

To know the best place for your tank is one that cannot be answered with a direct answer however with regards to our knowledge; having your tank on a suspended level from the ground with a tank stand is your best bet on enjoying optimum water supply either when you are using a booster pump to supply  or not. Although there are factors to be considered;

AESTHETIC DESIGN: You don’t expect this to be the least when having factors to consider in terms of tanks placements. Where your tank is and how it looks can complement the style of your structure or can wreck the outlook your structure. It is simply art. Your tank has to be placed in such a way that it is not in the immediate view of the on-lookers but when seen, it adds an element of style to your housing unit.

WEIGHT / LOADINGS FROM THE TANK: A tank containing 3000 liters of water depending on its tank material can weigh from 11 to 12 kilo newton. These figures are to be considered during placements. As clients, you do not want to place your tanks on platforms that are weak and can easily collapse; or can bend and deflect over a period of time. The weight of your tank should always be looked-through and platforms for placements should be resilient enough to carry them.

STRONG BASE / FOUNDATION: We mentioned previously that the loads from tanks should equate to a proper base/platform to carry load. Such platforms depending on the house and specification can be steel, concrete or soil. As clients, you should make sure that your professional builders provides you with the best form of any of each material (concrete, steel or soil) to resist loads, rust or weakening of materials by overflow of the liquid over a long period of time.

NEGATIVE EFFECTS FROM TANKS: Materials used as base or foundation will inevitably be affected by contained water due to its constant exposure from water overflow. Your water tanks should be placed on platforms that can resist the detrimental effect of constant exposure to water or you can provide a work-around by having your placement space / base or foundation painted with water resistant coatings. This will prevent the degrading effect of water on tank placements. Other alternatives can be put in place to prevent damage to platform by water.

EXPOSURE TO HIGH TEMPERATURE: Water tanks are best utilized in regions with temperate climates. Constant exposure to high temperature will cause negative effects to your water tank material; depending on its material, mostly plastic. Shades can be provided to protect them from high temperature. As regards to us, the existence of shade will disrupt the aesthetic feel of your housing unit. However, a properly made and customized shed will improve the aesthetic outlook.

HEIGHT OF HOUSING STRUCTURE: Basically, the height of your structure directly determines the placement of your tank with regards to the height at which tank can go above the ground level. Ideally, we uncovered that the height of the a suspended tank from the ground should be two-third of the total height of the structure itself.

This will help optimize water flow and water pressure. In cases where the tank is too low or too high, tanks can be simply placed on the ground level if calculated height with regards to the height of the house is too low; and placed on top of the structure if calculated height from ground is too high; this helps in avoiding the cost of constructing a tank stand.

However,  for overly high structures, tanks can still be placed on or under the ground level although booster pumps will be needed to push water to target heights.

IN CONCLUSION; to properly determine where your tank will fit with regards to your unique scenario; speak to a specialist and make sure he does the following;

  • Ensure tanks are placed within area of the house that is not immediately seen, but also blends with design of the house.
  • Ensure the load from tank is catered for when considering its platform / foundation
  • Make sure base / foundation are properly protected from constant exposure to water
  • Ensure the tank itself, if exposed to the sun is shaded properly and aesthetically refined.

These factors can be applied on your own; you know what you want, just own it or demand for it.

Joe Taylor

Over 2 decades of remodeling experience, Joe is an expert in home improvement. He is now the Managing Editor of PlumbJoe where he writes guides for homeowners. His hobbies include climbing, running and playing the piano.

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