In any residential area, water tanks have proved to be crucial. Whether you are using council water or borehole water, you need a water tank, the question is which tank? The long debate of whether inground water tanks are better than above ground water tanks seems to be far from over. Each of these water tanks has advantages that are convincing. However, the cons are also many. So if you are thinking of getting a water tank, consider the pros and cons of each option before making your decision. Here are just a few things you might need to know about each option.
The most compelling reason to fit an underground water tank is that no one will know it’s there. Although you may see some piping, the tank itself is often hidden deep in the ground. Most storage tanks are normally huge. If they are to be set up above ground they would take up a lot of space that would otherwise be useful. So if you want to have a garden on your porch or an outdoor living space, an inground water tank is the best option for you. Moreover, a huge structure set up beside your house takes away the beauty of your home. Inground water tanks look good because they are not there to be seen, unlike above ground tanks that can be an eyesore.
Underground water tanks are protected from the elements. In Australia, temperatures can drop to extreme lows and this means water in tanks may freeze. Frozen water is unusable. Underground water tanks are protected from the heat and the cold. Inground tanks can maintain a steady water temperature all year round. If the weather report is querying a hurricane, you can be certain your underground water tank will remain safe. Besides having protection from the elements, underground water tanks are also protected from vandalism.
The biggest cons of underground water tanks lie in their build. The cost of building an inground water tank is high. Excavation of the site is a costly affair. Moreover, underground water tanks need reinforcement to withstand the weight of the soil covering it and also the water in it. Underground water tanks also require a pumping system. This system has high installation and running costs. Additionally, it is difficult to tell if there are any cracks in your underground tank and not all soil types can accommodate this type of tank.
In Australia, above ground water tanks are popular. This is because they are cheaper than underground water tanks. The installation cost of above ground water tanks is low and more often than not a pumping system is not required. The build of an above ground water tank is simple and reinforcement is rarely required. The maintenance cost of above ground water tanks is significantly low. This is owed to the fact that any cracks or other damages to the tank can easily be seen and quickly attended to. If you are creative enough, you can use an above ground water tank to revamp the aesthetics of your house. If the tank is properly camouflaged it can work well with the styling of your property. If you are running a business, openly displaying your above ground water tank can add to your eco-friendly credentials.
Above ground, water tanks are open to destruction and vandalism. From the piping to the tank itself, all the components of above water tanks are open to destruction. Harsh weather conditions like hurricanes can also destroy your water tank. Moreover, your water may freeze during the winter or heat up during the summer. These temperature variations can render your water useless. With above-ground water tanks, there is only so much water you can store. Above ground, water tanks are often limited by the space available. Such tanks are better for properties that are rarely going to need the stored water for crucial purposes. Big above ground water tanks require a special platform to hold the weight of the tank. This is certain to raise the installation costs significantly. Moreover, depending on the position of the water tank, a pumping system may still be required if the water is to reach the household.
Before you decide whether to install an inground tank or an above ground tank, there are some things you must take into consideration. Your geographical location determines the cost of installing an underground tank. Rocky areas are more difficult and more expensive to excavate. Moreover, clay soil is not the ideal soil for installing underground water tanks. If you live in an area that experiences extremely cold winters and hot summers, an underground water tank is your best bet. On the other hand, if you want to keep an eye on your tank and reduce on maintenance costs, go for an above ground water tank. Clearly, there is a lot to consider before choosing the best tank for your premises. Don’t leave room for regret, choose a tank that will match up to all your needs.