You are advised to disconnect the pipes from your tank before the rainy season begins and clean it. During the dry period, dust, debris, insects and other materials have aggregated in the pipes and areas leading to the rainwater tanks. This will prevent the unwanted materials from being carried by the rainwater into the tanks.
By any means necessary you should prevent the entry of organic waste, which can accumulate the change the tank’s pH level. The presense of a large amount of organic substances in the tank, creates citric acid which alters the pH level. Thus, leading to rust on the tank walls. This can be avoided by regularly cleaning your rainwater tanks to maintain the neutral levels.
Clean the inlet leaf strainer to avoid blockage, as many unwanted materials gather there and they might be a hindrance.
Careful of additions
Though you are advised by some manuals to add kerosene and paraffin oil to stop mosquito breeding, it won’t help. The oil hardens to wax in the cold water; the introduction of kerosene is a dangerous health hazard. You can easily solve your insect problem by properly sealing the tank and making it secure against insect entry. If you keep the tank dark, then there is lower risk of algal growth.
If your tank is emitting a smell, then add only the recommended dosage of chlorine to eliminate the bacteria in the water. Tablets are the best form to introduce the medicine.
Take care of the rainwater tank lid, don’t place items on it or allow organic substances to gather to weigh heavily on it.
Maintaining healthy rainwater tanks is easier if you make certain modifications that are recommended by professionals.
When inspecting a building or house, it is also a must to check water tanks.