Just moved into a property with a water tank and wondering how often you should undertake water tank cleaning? The time will vary depending on where you are, but for health and safety reasons, we recommend at least a yearly clean of your water tank. We also recommend that you clean your roof gutters every 3 months and keep an eye on your mozzie mesh for bugs and leaf litter.

Tank cleaning doesn’t only help with ensuring the safety of your water. Regular cleaning will minimise damage to your pump, increase the longevity of water filters, and reduces the possibility of damage to your household taps.

How does the tank get cleaned?

We get asked this all the time. No, we don’t get in your water tank – it is a much easier process than that. We use a high-performance vacuum pump to get the sludge and sediment from the bottom of your tank. There is plenty of benefits in this method, especially as it means you lose less water. If you have regularly had the tank cleaned, on average we see losses of 5 – 15cm of water, which is generally topped up with the next lot of rain you receive. If it has been a while since your water tank has been cleaned, it may take more water initially.

When is the best time for water tank cleaning?

There is no particular time throughout the year when you should have your tank cleaned. We clean water tanks throughout the year.

However, it may be a good idea to have your water tank cleaned on a day where everyone is at work or school. You will need to turn the pump and water supply valve off when we arrive so that any sludge doesn’t get sucked into your pipes. We then recommend keeping the pump off for 2-3 hours after we leave to give everything time to settle.

If you use the chlorination method to sanitise the water in your tank, after cleaning is a great time to dose it. Your water will then be ready to drink when you turn the pump and water supply back on.

If it’s time for your water tank cleaning, give the team at Water Tank Cleaners a call.