Climate change is one of the main cause of the water crisis all over the globe. There has been low access to safe and clean water in almost all areas of the earth. This becomes alarming news to everyone, for that reason, alternative solutions have been proposed to all the netizen. The popular method that has been practiced by almost everyone is rainwater harvesting. It is only a matter of collecting and storing rainwater to any water reservoirs allocated for future use. Together with the popularity of rainwater harvesting, installing rainwater tank become popular too especially to household and buildings. A rainwater tank is an important component in collecting rain, so it is a must to be durable and reliable because this will act as a storage of the rainwater. It is important to daily check the condition of your water tank, especially potential leaks that might cause serious complications if left unsolved. Listed below the common causes of leaking tanks:

Rusting and Cracks

Water tanks are meant to be durable and reliable enough for storing water, however, it will deteriorate over time as it gets older. Rusting is commonly present to steel water tanks since it is a metal which is potential for corrosion. A rustic water tank means the metal is corroding, which might lead to leaking, in which contamination or hazardous elements might affect the water inside your tank and then it leads to poor quality of water that would not be good for consumption. 

Come to think of it, you stored water to support you in your water activities, then suddenly you found out that the water is not healthy, then, therefore, you can’t use it anymore and it is as good as wasted water. To avoid this from happening, make sure to check daily your water tank, so whenever there is a leak then you will know it sooner, and it will be solved ahead of time to avoid serious problems from happening, and avoid it from getting contact with those things that can make your water tank corrodes. Moreover, secure your installed water tank that it has lining and coating because this would serve as a wall from the water tank and the stored water since water is one of the causes of corrosion.

For plastic or concrete type of water tank, though there is zero chance for it to get rust, it is potential to have cracks especially if there is a heavy thing that will accidentally smash down to your plastic water tank. For concrete water tanks, since it is made of cement, there is a time that it will expand, and cracks will be present on your water tank. Overall, to avoid serious complications out of this, always have maintenance to your water tank, so in this case, you would be able to know the real condition, and you would solve problems if there’s any. This practice will have a good impact on your rainwater. 

Interconnection of water tank

In order for the rainwater to flow in down to your water tank, there are a lot of interconnections within the setup, this includes your pipes. Pipes serves as the initial carrier of the collected rainwater and transport it to a water tank, either through gravity or using pumps. Upon connecting your pipes to your water tank, make sure that it is connected properly, and no excess water will be wasted before it passes through the water tank. In addition, overflow and outlet are also connected to a water tank then, therefore, the height should be incorrect so the water will not be wasted from just overflowing, instead it will be kept inside the water tank. No water will be wasted in this way. 

Cold weather

Having a high temperature can also lead to a pipe leaking along with your water tank because if it freezes out, the pipes will break apart especially its joints. Well, having cold weather is beyond your control so all you can do is to install insulation before the cold weather comes. 

Water tank is good to be used for the long run since it is made for being durable and reliable enough in storing rainwater, however, let’s accept the fact that, as it gets older, it deteriorates which will cause water tank leaks and mentioned above are the other causes why your water tanks might have leaks. Knowing the causes of a problem can help you find a better solution to resolve the conflict as soon as possible. Having water tank leaks might be a potential for contamination which will affect the water quality which is not good news for you. Instead of having a good water source in your home the water will just go to waste and won’t be able to be put in use for any water activities.