Concrete Pavers: Ideas, Inspiration and Information

Concrete Pavers: Ideas, Inspiration and Information

Four Things To Consider When Installing Elevated Water Tanks

by Benjamin Rice

Elevated water tanks have some significant advantages over ground-level tanks. Raised tanks provide more consistent water pressure using gravity, and help protect stored water from contamination and external elements during the water tank installation process. However, elevated tanks also require special considerations to ensure proper and safe functioning.  

Compared to standard ground-level tanks, elevated tanks are raised above the surface using structural frames or towers. This makes them better suited for pressurised plumbing systems and provides a higher volume of water with flow rates sufficient for most agricultural or industrial operations. Their increased height also protects stored water from pollutants, wildlife and weather events that could impact tanks placed on the ground during water tank installation. Here are four key things to factor in when installing an elevated concrete water tank.

1. Choose A Stable Foundation For Your Water Tank Installation

For elevated tanks, the foundation is even more critical for supporting the tank, especially when full of water. Options like concrete bases, steel platforms, and wooden structures anchored to the ground provide stability for raised tanks. Professional engineering advice may be needed to determine the required specifications based on tank size and height. Concrete water tank installation should only be undertaken by a qualified tradesman with experience in the field. A concrete base should be at least half a metre thick and will need to be reinforced if you're installing an off-ground tank.

2. Use Cranes And Hoists For Lifting Your Water Tanks

Concrete tanks can weigh up to several tonnes and even more, so proper equipment is essential for safely lifting and positioning tanks when installing at an elevated level. Cranes allow tanks to be transported and lowered precisely onto foundations too high for manual handling.  

3. Include Adequate Safety Barriers During Your Water Tank Installation

Guardrails, handrails, cages and warning signs should surround raised water tanks. There should also be safety features like ladders, and hatch openings should have secure covers or gates when access points are not in use. Elevated concrete edges and platforms pose risks for trips or falls that safety barriers help prevent.  

4. Plumbing Connections With Elevated Tanks Require Expertise   

All plumbing for filling, pumping and distributing water must be installed properly by specialists to deal with any increased water pressure from gravitational potential energy. Because of the elevation of the water tanks, valves, seals and fittings rated to withstand higher pressures and water volumes are needed to avoid issues like leaks or ruptures in the plumbing equipment when operating at elevated heights. 

By factoring in these important elements before installation begins, an elevated concrete water tank system can be set up both efficiently and safely. Elevated tanks provide significant advantages, but only if all requirements for supporting and containing them at height are addressed. Consult an industry professional about concrete water tank installation today.


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Concrete Pavers: Ideas, Inspiration and Information

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