You might be enjoying a bath, washing your plates, or having a drink when suddenly you smell a fishy odor. It seems to be coming from the water. What will you do?
A) Continue with your activity thinking it’s a one-time thing.
B) Check your water tank
Sometimes we get so caught up with the daily problems that we tend to forget our house might be suffering from its own issues like contamination. Many human diseases are caused by contaminated water. That’s why people must use their tanks for drinking water or bathing to know how to keep them clean. It is essential to clean your water tank regularly, about once a year, to eliminate potential hazards like bacteria and algae. You can spot algae from their blue-green color and putrid smell. They tend to produce harmful toxins. When toxins are consumed or inhaled, they can cause mild respiratory effects and skin irritation. So how can you get rid of pesky algae?
1. Use a Completely Opaque Water Storage Tank
Algae need light to reproduce and grow. So, algae cannot succeed if your water tank doesn’t allow light in through the roof or sidewalls. A simple trick you can try to see if your tank allows sunlight is by first putting your tank in the sunlight, opening the lid, and checking for light penetration through the sidewall. If you notice your sidewall glow, your tank is at high risk of algae formation.
2. Add Bleach to Attack Algae
Bleach is an excellent solution against algae. It attacks the algae’s natural defenses, thereby stopping them from multiplying. Adding 1/4 Teaspoon of Bleach to Every Gallon of Water you Store can work wonders against algae. But remember not to overuse bleach since it can have toxic effects. One common concern people have is whether plain old household bleach can remove algae from the water. The truth is, yes, you can use plain bleach for cleaning the water tank. Also, it’s advised to use bleach that is 5.25% hypochlorite. And do mix bleach and chlorine in your water. Use one or the other. Besides algae, mold can also penetrate your home and surrounding. If you notice brown mold on your ceiling or walls, it’s time to get that checked out since it can cause respiratory issues like wheezing and difficulty breathing in people who have asthma.
3. Add Chlorine to Your Water Tank
Preferably, add four parts of *Chlorine to every 1,000,000 Parts Water. Chlorine can also stop algae growth. In this small ratio, the water will still be safe to drink or irrigate with. However, make sure to consult a professional since you shouldn’t saturate your water with a chemical. Some plastic water storage tanks are made with algae-resistant material that prevents any chance of algae growth. If you use your water tank for a drinking water source, it’s best to check for algae before using it for drinking. Plus, it’s vital to ensure that the tank is approved by the National Sanitation Foundation or NSF responsible for setting potable water storage and handling systems standards. Generally, the NSF-approved tanks will have the UL or NSF sticker on them. If they don’t not, you can find certification details on the UL or NSF databases.