How to Install a Water Tank: A Start-To-Finish Guide

Considering installing a water tank on your property? You’ve come to the right place – This is a complete guide to water tank installation. Apart from being able to reduce your bills and have a positive impact on our environment, collecting in a water tank has plenty of benefits for you.

Water Tank Installation

Before you stall the installation process, make sure you have a quality water tank! Companies like The Water Tank Factory have the best and high-quality water tanks –  If you don’t buy a good tank than leaks are sure to happen.

You will also need to check with your local officials and make sure you don’t need approval before installing a new rainwater tank.

Now let’s move onto the installation – We’re going to break this into 3 simple steps to install your new water tank at home.

Step 1 – Positioning and Base

The first step to installing a new water tank is finding a proper place for it. You want to look for a spot that will be easily accessible and close to a downpipe.

It will need to be on solid and flat ground, either find a place that already has a concrete or another form of hard platform. If there isn’t a platform already in place, consider laying down a bed of sand or making a platform with either timber or steel.

A basic platform or base provides not only stability but also allows the tank to be lifted. Having the ability to lift your tank will allow you to fill buckets or watering cans with ease!

When you place the tank, ensure that all outlet connections will be easily accessible as well!

Step 2 – Connections

Depending on the tank you purchase, some tanks may require you to cut an inlet or overflow hole.  Use either a jigsaw, keyhole saw, or hole saw to cut an accurate hole!

Now is time for installing the fittings – depending on the fittings you use, some will require you to use silicone around them to install it permanently, while others don’t so you may remove if necessary – so check with the specific instructions with the fittings you purchase.

Next, you want to remove the downpipe from the elbow and redirect to the inlet of your tank. Use a combination of 45-degree and 90-degree elbows! (When assembling PVC, use pipe primer and adhesive).

This is where you will also install a water filter if desired as well – This is recommended to help clean your water before it reaches your tank.

Step 3 – Outlets

Most outlet holes are blank, so you will need to drill a 25mm hole – this is where the tap or hose will screw into the tank so make sure not to damage any thread.

When you screw into your outlets, remember to use Teflon tape, this will prevent leaks.

That’s all there is to installing a basic water tank for your property!

Adding a Water Pump

If your new water tank doesn’t sit high enough for gravity, then you will need to add a water pump to your new water system.

When adding these make sure to use a flexible hose between the pump and tank so as not to damage the new pump from vibrations.

Wrapping Up

Now just follow these 3 simple steps and your water tank installation will be a breeze!

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