When it’s time to choose an in-ground water tank for your property, you need to determine the right size and the right material for the tank. This will vary for each person, as you’ll need to balance the amount of water you may need at any time with your overall budget and space of your yard. Since you have so many choices when it comes to an in-ground tank, note a few simple tips that can make the process easier for you.
Do you think you might sell your home and move at any time in the future, and if so, will you want to take your tanks with you? In that case, you want lightweight fiberglass that is easy to move and transport. If you choose a steel tank, it should be small enough so that you can have it easily moved to a new location.
On the other hand, will a permanent in-ground water tank actually increase your property values or make it easier to sell your home, if you should decide to move? Some properties that are in a high risk area for brushfires, wildfires, drought and the like may see an increase in value if they have an in-ground water storage tank. You might even check with a real estate agent in your area to see how a permanent concrete tank would affect property values, and then decide if you might give up portability for this added value of your home.
2. Liners and maintenance
Most water tanks will need some type of liner on the inside to help protect the tank and keep the water from seeping through small cracks and holes that may develop. Fiberglass tanks may not need these liners, but they’re usually required for concrete, steel, and any type of stone or masonry tank. Note the price of these liners and how often it’s recommended they be changed and be sure you figure this cost in when determining your budget. A concrete tank may be affordable to have poured, but if you need to invest in a new liner every year, you might then be over your budget.
You also need to know how often you should have someone come to your home and inspect and maintain the tank; concrete may need more frequent inspections and maintenance because of its porous nature, whereas steel might need to be checked more often as it gets older and rust is likely to be formed. This too needs to be worked into your budget.
For more information about your options for in-ground water tanks, contact a local supplier or installation company.