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Maintain your water tank in 5 simple steps

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How long has it been since you last inspected your water tank?

It's easy to treat your water tank storage solutions like a set and forget project, but some basic maintenance can prevent common issues such as sediment build up, mosquito infestations or algae growth.

Whilst it is inevitable that you will have some build up of sediment settle in the bottom of a water tank, if left unchecked sediment can be a fertile ground for unhealthy bacteria. Creating a potential health risk

As per the Australian Government Department of Health guidelines, Pioneer Water Tanks recommends a 6 monthly inspection of your water tank. This will reduce the risk of any issues in conjunction with a professional clean and sanitising at least every 10 years.

5 simple steps maintain your water tank

Step 1: Inspect your gutters - (Good news! You can skip this step if you own a Pioneer Water Tank. Pioneer Water Tanks are designed to avoid this issue.)

Inspect and clean out your gutters. Remove any debris or rubbish that may have accumulated to avoid rust and and/or a build up of sludge and sediment. It might also be worth considering gutter mesh to make this job easier for next time. 

Clean gutters on steel water tank


Step 2: Check all gaps and openings are sealed.

Ideally there should be no light or dust able to enter your water tank. All gaps and openings should be covered with Superseal and in good condition. Replace any damaged or deteriorated superseal.

Step 3: Check outlets and access points

Check all outlets are clean and debris free. Also visually inspect pipe works for leaks or structural damage.

Step 4: Inspect and assess the sediment level.

Sediment by its nature will settle on the bottom of your water tank. To check your sediment levels you will need to visually inspect inside your water tank. Normally you would expect to be able to see the bottom of the tank underneath the water. If you can't then you need to drain all the water from the tank and clean the inside of it. Please note care needs to be taken not to damage the inner lining (if you have one) which could potentially void any warranties you might have. Once drained and scrubbed we recommend sanitising the interior and then rinse it again.

Step 5: Set a reminder

The months roll around quickly so set a reminder in your calendar to do it again in 6 months.


There is another option that requires just 1 step...

Contact our friendly staff and we can arrange, inspect, clean, sanitise and repair your tank for you.

We have specialist equipment and experienced staff that can take the worry and fuss out of your hands.