Tips For Cleaning And Disinfecting Water Storage Tanks At Home

Every house in the world has diverse ranges of water storage tanks available. It is quite significant that a person must have a proper maintenance of these tanks at the fixed interval of time. As a result, it benefits in preserving the water in the tanks with appropriate hygiene.

The two main sources that lead to water contamination are jam-packed pipes as well as the tank outlets. These outlets get loose after some period and people does not check this generally. As a result, it becomes very easier for the pests/bugs to enter into the tank. This moreover leads to the development of floating bacteria in the water.

The maximum numbers of the infections that are caused by the unclean water are happening amongst the adults as well as the children. A water storage tank is also one of the main causes for the production of dirty water. Therefore, it becomes quite necessary that these water tanks have to be clean and disinfect with the purpose of avoiding water-borne infections.

Tips For Cleaning & Disinfecting Water Storage Tanks

There are few tips that you are required to follow for cleaning as well as disinfecting the water storage tanks at home:

1. Vital Concerns

You must check that your water storage tank is easier to clean or not. The tanks must be easily reachable for you to clean and it must not possess sharp-edged angles where dirt get to gather. However, it is always advisable that a person must store the water carefully so as to have a stress free cleaning of the tank. It should be shielded well by a lockable cover.

2. Vacant the Tank

Before beginning the cleaning of the tank, make sure that you empty out the earlier-stored water from the tank or you may also store it at somewhere else for diverse use. You might utilize a suction tube or tap to vacant the water from the tank. However, it is very hard to take out entire water along with the remnants in the end. Thus, it is better if you use a squeegee or a soft fabric for absorbing the left-over water from the tank.

3. Scrub the Inner Side Cautiously

As soon as the water is totally drained out, the scrubbing/rubbing process is required to be begun. You may use a solid brush or a high power nozzle to scrub the inner walls and the entire area of the water tank. A mixture of laundry detergent and boiling water can also be utilized to scrub the inner areas.

4. Disinfecting the Water Tank

The experts always advised people that they should sanitize their water tank at least two times in the whole year i.e. in the mid-summer and in the early wintertime. The best method to sanitize your water tank is to frequently bleach it with the Clorox bleach. However, after using the bleach you will get a minor chlorine flavour and smell in the water. On the other hand, too much usage of chlorine can also possibly damage your health.

5. Measure the Capacity of the Tank


​The next important thing is that you should measure the capacity of your water tank before adding the chlorine into it. After calculating the correct size of the tank, you may add the disinfectant or the sanitizer accordingly.

6. In-depth Cleaning

It is also essential that you do a systematic cleaning and scrubbing of all the corners of the tank and confirm that no dust or the additional chemicals remain. In case, if there is a chemical deposit left in any place of the water tank, then you must rinse them off as it can result in a bad smell or bad water flavour. After the cleaning process, you must leave the lid of the tank to be open so that the fresh air can flow inside it.

7. Flushing As Well As Washing Of The Tank

You will need a pressure pipe or a nozzle for washing and flushing the tank. There is also an alternative for this. You may fill the tank with boiling water and keep it stay for few hours. After this, empty out the tank and carry on the flushing of the tank until all the chemicals get disappeared. This helps in proper elimination of all the chemicals that remained in the water tank.


So, after following the above tips you can clean and disinfect your water storage tank at home very easily. This will ensure the safety of your loved ones as you can keep them away from the water-borne diseases.

About the Author Michael L. Mackey

Hi there, I'm Michael L. Mackey. I'm a certified home improvement enthusiast who has a knack for tinkering around the house and constantly upgrading my home to meet the current trends, standards, and style that is up to par with our modern way of living.

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