The ABCs of Water Storage Tank Cleaning

How often do you get your water storage tank cleaned? For most, a stream of murky, funky-smelling water issuing from the faucet usually serves as a reminder to do so! And even then, one may not really know how to go about it, leading to a severe feeling of helplessness. It is quite the challenge to find a trustworthy sanitizing professional and more often than not, one has no choice but to take their word as to how good a cleaning job they have done. If you are someone who keeps putting off the task of getting your tank cleaned due to its bothersome, inconvenient nature (it can be quite a chore, we agree), here are a few tips and tricks that will help you be better prepared.

The process

 Before setting about cleaning the septic tank, it is important to clean (sweep and scrub) its top as well as the area surrounding it. Then, water and any grease or sediment is removed using a drainage pump. An industry-strength tank cleaning agent (it is recommended that both powder/tablet and liquid be used for a through cleaning) is used to get rid of any fungus and sludge, combined with rigorous scrubbing of the walls, floor and ceiling. A high pressure jet of water is used to rinse off the resulting mixture.

Vacuum cleaning may also be employed for additional cleanliness – an anti-bacterial spray is also used in certain cases. After the sanitization process is complete, the tank is filled with water and then drained through the various faucets and taps to ensure they are disinfected as well. The septic tank is aired out until dry – it can be filled with fresh water afterwards.

The frequency

How often should you get your tank cleaned? While it depends on the tank capacity, type and water quality, septic water storage systems must be cleaned at least once every six months. However, it pays to do an inspection yourself once every month to ascertain the level of buildup or residue and sludge. In addition to this, we recommend that you get your water tank examined by a certified professional once a year to detect any faults (like cracks in the walls, dysfunctional valves or pipes, etc.).

 A few do’s and don’ts

 It is important to understand that while solid waste and heavy residue settle at the bottom of your septic water tank, scum floats on top. Climbing into and cleaning a water storage tank is best left to the professionals as it involves the usage of strong cleaning chemicals and tools. It is prudent to use protective boots, hats, gloves and masks. The whole process might take up to 4 hours so we recommend that you plan well in advance and do not rush it. Make sure you monitor the opening hatch at all times to be prepared in case of any accident – this will also provide you with a good vantage point from where you can precede over the cleaning process.

Being well-informed is the first step towards a clean water storage tank and a safe water supply. While it is no rocket science, septic tank cleaning must be done right. With Housejoy, you can rest easy with the knowledge that all your sump sanitization needs will be dealt with promptly and skillfully – book a session with our service professional right away!

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