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Two plastic underground storage tanks placed below ground for harvesting a rainwater.

How To Choose The Right Water Tank System For Your Home

Getting a water tank may be easy, but choosing one that completely satisfies your needs can be challenging. This can be attributed to different homes having varied needs and water requirements. As such, you literary have to shop around for a water tanks system that will suit your home.

Luckily enough, water tank designs come in shape, material, and size. For example, we may be accustomed to outdoor tanks fitted on rooftops or adjacent to the house.  This can work for you if you have enough room to fit the water tank. However, you can also choose a water tank that can fit under your deck or house.  These variations in the design, purpose, and mode of fitting will make a difference in what type of tank you’ll want.

Of course, finding the right tank may seem like a hassle at first. However, with the right guide, you can always find one that suits your home needs.

Here are some helpful tips on how to find the right water tank system:

Different types of plastic water storage tank. 3D illustration

Consider The Material Used

Material on the water tank is so important as it helps to determine the durability of the tank. The primary materials used are steel, fiberglass, and plastic. If you need a durable and long-lasting solution to your water solution, you may opt for steel water tanks. However, be keen to ensure that the steel is galvanized to reduce corrosion. Fiberglass is also another great option if you can afford it. The tanks made with this material are durable, light, and rust-free.

However, if you can’t afford steel and fiberglass, plastic water tanks are still a good choice. They are designed for light duties. If your home needs aren’t that big and you don’t have to store a large amount of water, plastic is a viable option. You should, however, note that they break under too much pressure.

Location Of Installation

One more thing that can help you get the correct type of tank is determining installation location. Typically, you’ll need a plumber to advise on and install the tank, which includes the installation place.  The three major locations for installments are underground, on the surface, and raised areas. On the surface, installation is simple and, therefore, a cheaper option. However, they are exposed and can suffer damages.

For underground tanks, installation is costly, but the tank is usually protected from elements. Tanks will vary in quality and size depending on where they’ll be installed. Knowing where to install will help you know what to get.

Look For a Higher Specific Gravity Weight

Specific gravity ratio is the ratio of the material, in this case, a water tank, to the reference water. Usually, the ratio of the tank should be one so that it can comfortably accommodate the weight of the water it’s carrying. However, this also depends on where you’re placing your tank. On level ground, the water pressure is significantly low, and therefore, a gravity ratio of 1 is okay.

However, in higher areas, the ratio should be higher than one. The pressure caused by gravity and the weight of water increases meaning the tank needs to be stronger. Also, for tanks placed underground, the ratio needs to be higher because of the pressure from the soil.

Consider Quality Over Price

When buying a water tank, you may be constrained by the budget to pick an affordable tank. Unfortunately, the tank can be of low quality or too small to cater to your home needs. Therefore, you need to consider the quality of the tank, as it should always be top.

The disadvantage with low-quality tanks is that you may end up incurring more expenses in repairs as they’re damaged easily. So, it’s better to spend more money upfront and avoid the extra costs than to pay less now and more in the future.

Consider Your Needs

Before you decide to get a water tank, the first question should be; why are you getting one? Different scenarios will dictate different needs for a water tank. For example, if you want to irrigate your farm, you’ll need a bigger and stronger tank as it’ll be placed high up. If you need a tank for in-house usage, you won’t need a huge one. However, this is still dependent on the number of occupants in the house; more people, more water usage.

Once you fully determine your need and the amount of water you’ll be using daily, then you can comfortably pick the right tank that will fit your usage.


Currently, there are many types and designs of water tanks. It’s easy to be confused when choosing one for your home as each of them may seem like the right choice. However, you don’t have to be afraid of choosing the wrong type of tank for your home when you can go shopping already knowing what you want.

With these tips, you’ll be more informed on what type you need and which best suits your needs. Say no more to blind tank shopping!