As a homeowner in Nigeria, there are certain things that you can and cannot do. One of them is knowing how to clean your water tank. Most people hire professionals for this, but I am about to share everything you will need to clean your tank yourself.

Why should I clean my water tank?

Asides from the fact that cleaning anything regularly is good hygiene, there are some very good reasons why you should know how to clean your water tank, and I will share some for you.

Stagnant, low circulation water sources can be a potential breeding ground for unwanted and harmful bacteria, something I am very sure you would not like to have close to your water. Stagnation can be caused by many factors, including under-utilizing water, using an excessively large tank, or issues in your water system causing blockages or poor flow.

Even with these factors aside, there will always be some stagnation in water tanks, therefore, regular cleaning and disinfection are essential to reduce risks.

How often should I clean my tank?

First of all, cleaning your tank should come from personal conviction which is birthed from good personal hygiene, but in most cases, water storage tanks should be cleaned and disinfected once a year, but you can also clean once every six months.

However, if you want to be safe, you should clean whenever you notice your household water tastes, looks, or smells unusual.

Can I clean inside my tank myself?

Climbing into a tank can be dangerous because of the anaerobic atmosphere in a highly restricted space, not everyone is comfortable in small places. To climb into a tank in this way you need to be a trained professional in confined space operations to carry out this job safely. We advise hiring, but if you insist on doing this, here are the steps you need to know on how to clean a water tank.

How to clean your water tank

Step 1: Drain your tank.

Open the outlet valve or tap and drain out any remaining liquid. Make sure you allow the flow of water to be beneficial and not wasted, you can let the water flow to your garden, or into containers that will later be used to wash your cars, windows, etc.

This will avoid any wastage of the water left in the tank as it can be used for applications such as cleaning your windows or washing the car. The tank should be emptied as much as possible until the water stops flowing out of the hose.

Step two: Clean the tank’s insides.

Using a combination of detergent and hot water to scrub the interior surfaces of the tank. Dependent on your accessibility, this task can also be carried out using a stiff brush, high-pressure jet, or water hose.

Be thorough when cleaning corners and joints so that no small amounts of the original liquid remain. Allow the mixture to sit for two hours.

Step three: Rinse the tank.

Rinse the tank with clean water. Keep doing this until the water coming out of the outlet runs clear. If you don’t have a high-pressure hose, you can fill the tank with water (preferably hot) and leave it to stand for a few hours. Drain all the water from the tank and collect it for safe disposal as you did in step one.

Step four: Allow the tank to dry.

Completely empty the tank and carefully dispose of the disinfecting water as it will contain a high concentration of chlorine. Fill the tank with fresh water, allow to stand for 30 minutes, and then flush the entire system again. Make sure you replace the lid properly to prevent any particle from falling into your clean tank and leave the tank for drying. After the tank is dry, you can proceed to use it again.

Was that so hard? Now that you have learned how to clean your water tank, enjoy the clean and refreshing water.

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