Many different industries make use of large-scale water storage solutions to keep their water-related tasks moving like clockwork. Anyone from large farming operations to manufacturing plants to firefighters can make use of a large concrete water tank or cistern. There are plenty of reasons to choose concrete over an above-ground metal or plastic tank. Before you settle on a more expensive option, learn about the benefits of concrete water tanks and keep them in mind when you want to minimize your expenses. Nobody wants to spend a lot of money on a product that turns out to not be what they needed in the first place.
Underground Concrete Tanks Regulate Temperature
The benefits of concrete water tanks are numerous, but no advantage is more important than temperature regulation. Choosing an uninsulated water tank can lead to hot water during the summer and potentially frozen water during the winter. But underground concrete water tanks can easily regulate stored water. By effectively utilizing an underground concrete cistern at least four feet below the surface, you’ll keep your water at a regulated, cool temperature.
The ground around the tank acts as insulation to protect the tank from extreme temperatures. Concrete is naturally cool to the touch, acting as an inherent refrigeration for whatever liquid you store in the tank.
Less Expensive and Lasts a Long Time
Both aboveground and underground concrete water tanks are provide better insulation than metal, and they’ll also provide a longer lifespan. While a concrete tank requires heavier equipment to set up, they’ll generally be your cheapest option. Some experts argue that concrete tanks are cheap and only last up to five years, but that’s only if you make no attempts to maintain them. If you properly take care of your concrete water tank it can last you far longer.
Home and business owners all over the country can still find old, disused concrete cisterns and update them back to a usable state. To fully reap the benefits of concrete water tanks while they’re still new, you should protect the sides with a PVC tank liner.
Concrete Tanks Have Versatile Uses
So long as you don’t store anything that corrodes the concrete walls of the tank, you can use it for just about anything. Whether you want to store potable drinking water, wastewater, graywater, or rainwater, a concrete tank can handle it. Just don’t store potable drinking water in the tank after using it for any kind of wastewater. No amount of cleaning will ever return it to a usable state for drinking water.
If you’re concerned about the liquid rapidly deteriorating the tank, protect it with a tank liner. Concrete water tank liners from Royal Liner protect concrete tanks from losing their quality early into their life and work to prevent leaks or cracks. Structural damage to a concrete tank can have catastrophic consequences, but if the water never touches the sides of the tank due to the installation of a protective liner, it can’t affect the tank’s integrity. Regularly relining water tanks can help keep wear and tear to a minimum. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of concrete water tanks.