Did you know that you can have underground water storage tanks at home? Since the ground water tanks takes up a lot of space, this will be the best solution if the availability of space becomes the determining factor. The information below will look at the advantages and disadvantages of using underground tanks.
First, you should know that rain water harvesting could be done with a simply hose and barrel or in one of the underground tanks if you are looking for a system that is larger and more elaborate.
Even though, you will encounter many problems when you have tanks above ground, these will be different for the underground water storage tanks.
- When you build a tank underground it will not be affected by torrential rains, fire, wind and extreme cold or heat.
- The underground tank can be constructed to store any amount of water that is required.
- Since the tank is located below the surface, this will free up the space for a driveway, backyard garden or landscaping whilst ensuring that the best conditions are preserved for water storage.
- The underground systems will be the ideal solution if you have large water needs, like filling up a swimming pool.
- These tanks can be built easily under decks, driveways, sheds or pergolas.
- An underground tank can be built with concrete and poly plastic.
- With one of these tanks for water storage, you could reduce your water bills by fifty percent and still get to conserve the precious resource at the same time.
- A pump will be needed to take out the water.
- It is harder to detect any malfunctions and leaks, unlike above ground tanks where you see all the parts clearly.
- The structure of the underground water storage tanks can be hampered by tree roots and this could contaminate the water.
- Covering is needed for underground tanks to prevent pesticides, soil and faeces from getting into the water when it rains.
- It will be difficult to carry out proper maintenance.
It is important to point out that rainwater tanks must be installed by an experienced and qualified professional. The elements for rainwater harvesting systems are made from long-lasting materials that can resist rust and chemical contamination.
If you are not certain about building an underground tank, then you might want to consider a combination of both. In this case, the tank can be partially submerged and a larger tank will be installed above without affecting the aesthetic look of the house.
As you can see, there are many benefits of having underground water storage tanks at home. This will not only make sense financially, but it’s a great way to conserve water for household use such as drinking, washing, gardening, cleaning, car washing, flushing toilet and other daily requirements.