The use of water tanks has grown in popularity across Australian over the years. The benefits of using rainwater tanks are extensive, from minimizing your water usage, lowered water bill costs, its positive impacts on the environment and offering freshwater supply. However, most water tank owners are not aware that water tanks require sufficient cleaning nor do they know where to start in the cleaning process. It is of the utmost importance to ensure that your water tank is in a clean and fresh condition and not allow the build-up of bacteria and germs that may contaminate the water which resides within the tank itself. Although water tanks do not require overly regular cleaning it is essential to ensure that any fallen or caught debris, leaves or dirt, or even an invasion of mosquitos must be taken care of immediately to maintain good tank health and in turn optimal water health.

5 Ways To Clean A Water Tank

This article delves deep into the ways in which you can clean your water tank effectively and how you can achieve high-quality results and ensure the health and safety of your tank and your household. Here are 5 Ways To Clean A Water Tank:

  1. Professional Cleaning 

Cleaning your water tank can be strenuous and time-consuming work. The best way to save time and achieve high-quality results for your Water Tanks Toowoomba is to seek the assistance of expert professionals. They possess the necessary know-how, experience, skill, tools, and equipment to get the job done right the first time.

  1. Ensure Power is Disconnected 

If you do opt to clean your water tank on your own please follow the below guidelines to ensure your safety and achieve the ultimate results. If your Water Tank is connected and powered by an electric pump it is imperative to your safety that you switch off any power operating equipment. It is also very important to unplug directly from the socket for additional safety. Disconnect from any and all power sources connected to your water tank before beginning any cleaning process.



  1. Drain Tank

The first step towards achieving a sparkling clean water tank is to drain residual, contaminated and dirty water remaining in your tank. This can be done by simply opening the drainage valve. To not waste any residual water, you can also connect your hose to the draining valve and use any remaining water to hydrate your garden or wash your car. Allow the water tank to completely drain before proceeding to the next step, this may take some time depending on the size of your water tank.

  1. Flush Tank Inlet 

The next step is to ensure your water tank inlet is completely clean – not following this step will just contaminate the new fresh rainwater that flows into your tank, achieving the opposite outcome of what you are trying to achieve during the cleaning process. To clean your water tanks inlet, simply flush it out using fresh water from a garden hose or even a pressure cleaning wand. Keep running water and flushing until the freshwater runs clear.

  1. Clear Out, Sweep and Scrub

Depending on the size of your tanks and if you are able to physically get inside of it, then the next set will require some elbow grease. Firstly, clear out and remove any leftover and remaining leaves and debris, sweep out excess mud and dirt and with a heavy-duty, bristled brush, scrub off any build up mildew and stains. Once everything has been cleared and cleaned out and stubborn stains have been removed, rinse with fresh water and your water tank will look brand new, in no time.

5 Ways To Clean A Water Tank - cleaning inside tank

There is an array of benefits that come along with having a water tank at your property. Many Australians are making the switch due to the reduction of water bills, and the additional water available for washing your car, watering your garden, filling your pool and providing water for toilets and washing machines. Ensuring that you are maintaining the cleanliness of your water tank is of the utmost importance to the quality and health of the water. If you do not want to spend the time DIYing your water tank, there are many professional water tank cleaners on the market that would be happy to lend a hand!

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The article is provided by Jim Pulman who has extensive knowledge and experience in Home Building, Construction, and Design. He writes articles in his free time and partners with content creators to share his expertise with the online community.