If you need extra storage for fresh water after it goes through a reverse osmosis system or other water filter we recommend installing a water holding tank for well water or other fresh water. In this article we will teach everything you need to know about water holding tanks including: what is a water tank, how they work and picking the right size and 5 reasons why you should install a water holding system in your home.
What is a Water Holding Tank?
A water holding tank is a storage container fold holding fresh water before it is used by your family. In many places the water systems holds many gallons of water after is it is filtered through a system like a reverse osmosis system.
The main benefits of installing a water storage tank are that you will always have fresh water on demand and won’t experience low water pressure while taking a shower.
How do water storage tanks work?
Water storage tanks work by collecting clean water after it has been purified from the source. They are large tanks that collect water flow after it leaves the water source. When the water level drops (like when you take a shower) the reverse osmosis tank begins to refill the poly tank with clean water from the city water supply.
Once you turn on a faucet the water system activates and the atmospheric tank pushes water our of the plumbing fixture from the stored water supply.
Water Holding Tank Sizing
One of the most common questions we get asked by new homeowners is that size water storage system they need – and the answer depends on a number of variables. The more people in your home – and the more square footage the larger storage tank system you will need. The higher the water demand the more water storage you will need.
Filters and reverse osmosis systems will refill the water holding tank system over time but you need to make sure you have enough fresh water to maintain your desired flow rate!
Another important consideration when choosing the size of your water tank is the available storage areas. Water storage take up a lot of space so you will need free space in your basement or to bury the potable water supply somewhere near your home.
4 Reasons to Install a Water Holding Tank
Still not sure about installing a water holding tank in your home. Here are the top 4 reasons we recommend a pressurized water system in your basement.
1. Constant Fresh Water
There is nothing worse than running out of fresh water while doing the dishes or taking a shower. With a 5000+ gallon tank there is little risk of the basin running dry before your water softener can refill the tank.
2. No Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure is almost as bad as running out of water. S large water tank and pressure pump can provide enough pressure to mimic the water coming directly out of the city water supply.
3. More Effective
Another benefit of a water holding tank is that they are more effective at providing clean water (that is free of sediment) at a moments notice. Water filtration systems can take a moment to kick in and if you have 2 or more faucets open at the same time they may not be able to supply enough water even if you have a jet pump.
4. Fire Prevention
The final reason to install a large water holding tank for well water is to put out fires. Fires are deadly and can destroy your entire home – with a 10,000 gallon tank you can stop the fire from spreading while the local fire department is on the way. Without a large on demand water supply and submersible pump you will be dependent on the flow from the city pipes and water wells.
5. Never Run Out of Drinking Water
Having a fresh supply of drinking water is more important than even in case of a disaster. With a 10,000 gallon tank of fresh water in your basement you will be safe for a considerable amount of time.
How to install a water storage tank
1. Connect Tank to Filtration System
The first step is to connect the water storage tank to the filtration system so it is constantly fed clean water. It is important that these 2 systems are nearby so you don’t have to install long piping to carry the water.
2. Install a Check Valve and Pressure Gauge
Water tanks require monitoring so they stay at the correct level and pressure. By installing a check valve and pressure gauge you can quickly check how your system is working.
3. Start the System
Next, start the system and check that the tank is filling with water. Filtration systems work slowly so it will take at least 24 hours to fill a large tank with water.
4. Adjust the Flow Rate
After the tank is full of water open a faucet or shower head and test the pressure. It it important to adjust the flow rate so the perfect amount of water is entering the pipes. If the pressure is to high it could cause a leak and if the pressure is too low not enough water will come out the faucet.
5. Add Chlorine, Fluoride or other Minerals
Most areas of the United States add Fluoride to the water but if you live in a remote area you might need to add Chlorine, Fluoride or other Minerals in order to preserver the water over a long period of time.