Rain Water Tanks Stands: Considerations and Benefits
Despite the fact that rain water tanks are a part of everyday life for many people around the world, there are still those who are not aware that their tanks can be placed on stands. These homeowners solely rely on the tough materials used in the creation of their tanks, unaware of the different benefits of using a stand to support their tanks. These benefits are mentioned below.
A stand provides:
- A stable base especially in areas where it might be difficult, if not outright impossible, to set up a tank. One good example of an area that’s not tank-friendly is a slope (or just about any area with a steep incline).
- Natural water pressure. The higher the tank placement, the more pressure it is capable of producing on its own.
- Stronger, natural overflow to the second tank or stormwater tank.
Pressure Benefits of Elevated Tanks
The elevation of the water tank affects the water pressure it is capable of producing. Position the tank high enough and you should be able to “gravity feed” water to tanks even without a pump. However, understand that in order to achieve decent water pressure, the tank needs to be at least ten metres high.
At times, you can have a smaller, higher header tank set up in your property. However, in numerous home situations, getting the tank at the appropriate height can be a little challenging. For this reason, the setting up of a “gravity feed” system normally is best for a big rural property located on a slope, or a smaller property that has a number of high spots because of sharp inclines.
In order for you to know the amount of pressure height is capable of generating, the first thing you need to know is the amount of pressure supplied by utility companies, which is around 40 psi. A pump often ranges from 15-40 psi. A tank that’s a set up at a height of one metre gives 1.5 psi, and for this reason, a tank should be set up at a height of ten metres so it is capable of providing 15 psi, which is the minimum for pump pressure.
Considering a Stand?
It’s a must to keep in mind that a tank that’s filled with water is so heavy. A litre of water more or less weighs a kilogram, and so a thousand litres weighs at least a tonne, which is so much weight, and for this reason, the stand should be capable of withstanding the weight of a tank that’s filled with rainwater.
It’s not hard to find a stand. In hardware stores you can find a durable stand that’s suitable for a smaller tank. Normally, it has frames that are fashioned out of galvanised steel, as well as decking and legs fashioned from treated hardwood. However, there are other stands which are more complicated.
Although it’s possible to create a water tanks stand yourself, it’s not advised that you do so. You can, however, hire a professional to create one for you.