Clean Your Water Tanks in 4 Simple and Easy Steps


Cleaning a water tank is not an easy task for many people. It is true that there are risks involved in your life if you try to clean your water tank yourself without any experience, knowledge, and proper protection. Knowledge is power so when you decide to clean the water tank yourself, you should have knowledge about it and then go for it with proper protection and required equipment.

If you don’t use the equipment and protection required for cleaning the water tanks then your life will be in danger, you might get injured in the water tank. You might also lose consciousness due to some gases which can be produced in the water tanks.

When to Clean Water Tank?

Ideally, you should clean your water tank at least once a year if not two. And you can decide when you need to clean it during the annual buildings inspection. During the inspection, you can ask the inspector to check the tank as well and let you know about its condition.

After getting the information, you should decide whether you need to clean it yourself, or you should call an expert team for this?

Well, I would suggest that if the tank is small in size then you can go for it. If it is big like those which are used in industries or in factories, then you should call an expert. It is not a good idea to get you injured in order to save a few hundred dollars.

Required Equipment

  • Safety Helmet
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Rubber Shoes (nonslippery)
  • Gas Mask (recommended)
  • Ladder
  • 5-gallon buckets
  • Tools to remove dust and mud
  • The solution to disinfect the tank

How to Clean Water Tanks

As I said earlier, for the maintenance of water tanks, it is important to clean them at least once a year. So, now get to the point of how to clean?

After getting all the required equipment, first of all, you need to turn off the water pump that supplies the water into the storage tank. Make sure that if it is automatic, you should turn off the switch or remove the power plug from the socket.

Now, you need to close the valve that allows the water to enter the tank. After that turn on the tap on the floor and fill all your buckets so that you don’t need to carry them from the ground floor to the top floor. This water will be used to clean the water tank when it’s empty.

After filling your buckets, now open all the taps of your home to empty the water tank. When all the water is finished, now carefully wear the helmet, gloves, and rubber shoes and then use a ladder to reach the top of the tank.

Remove its opening and see if it is empty, wait for some time so that if there are any gases, they threw out with air circulation. Now you need to enter the water tank and remove any water that is left below the level of the pipe.

Final Cleaning

  • After removing all the water, you will see mud, debris, dust, and other trash on the bottom of the tank. Remove it and throw it out of the tank. If there is fungus then use some sharp tool to remove that, scratch that from the walls as well. If there is mud due to dust, remove that as well.
  • Now, get the water bucket and wash the walls of the tanks with a clean cloth. You can also use some bleach on the cloth to clean it from any bacteria and to remove any smell in the tank.
  • When all done, was the walls and bottom with the clean water of other buckets and then use the same buckets to remove that extra water as well.
  • Get out of the tank, open the valve, turn on the water pump and keep the taps open. Water will enter the tank and will go into the plumbing pipes. In this way, the taps and pipes will get cleaned as well.
Then fill the water tank after closing the taps and use the solution to disinfect the water and the tank. Now you have fresh water again to drink to cook food and to wash clothes.
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