Many people don’t know what the water tank in their loft actually does, other than it’s ‘something to do with the heating’. With no moving parts except the valve that opens and closes when the float goes up and down with the water level, there’s nothing that can wear out. So why should you want to change it?
On those rare occasions when we slide the loft hatch back to get that box of Christmas or Halloween decorations down, how often do we actually bother to have a look at the water tank? In the majority of UK homes, the tank will be plastic, usually polyethylene, polypropylene, or GRP. In older homes around the Portsmouth area, tanks may even be old galvanised steel or asbestos. Should this be the case, it’s worth considering having your water storage tank changed.
Over time, galvanised tanks begin to rust. Inspect any old steel tank and there will be rust particles lying in the bottom, and rust flakes and bubbles can be scraped off the internal sides with a finger nail. If it’s feeding your cold water, and corrosion is bad, you may even notice a metallic taste to the water, or observe a brownish tinge when you run the tap. If you don’t want to risk 100 or 200 litres of water ending up on the bedroom floor, think about getting it changed.
If you have an old asbestos tank, having it replaced should be considered. Although if the tank is sound it will have no adverse effect on the quality of your water, asbestos is what it is, and having it safely and professionally removed offers piece of mind for your whole family.
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It is possible you may be getting your drinking water from the water storage tank in your loft. The easiest way to check is to put your thumb over the cold water tap and turn on the water. If it pushes your thumb away all’s good – you’re on mains.
If you can keep your thumb over the outlet and stop the water escaping – you’re water comes from the tank. In this case, it’s worth asking your local Portsmouth No1PHD plumber to inspect the tank, to make sure it has a lid, a screen in the overflow, and that no insects, wildlife, or vermin can get into it.
A better long-term solution would be to ask your local Portsmouth plumber if the pipework can be altered so your cold taps are fed by mains water, and just your hot water fed from the tank. Doing this will not only improve drinking water quality, but also water pressure, a problem that still affects some areas.
Your plumbing system will also have a bearing on the size of tank you need. If you have mains water feeding your taps, and the tank feeding your heating system, or vice-versa, a tank of around 100 litres capacity should suffice. A tank of that size ensures your drinking water spends as little time as possible sitting in the tank. If your tank feeds both heating system and taps, then a 250 litre capacity tank should be adequate.
Should you have any concerns regarding your loft water storage tank, please contact No1PHD’s local Portsmouth plumbers on 08006906777. From replacing a faulty water inlet valve and float, to installing a new tank or adding a second, No1PHD’s local plumbers has it covered.
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For days, we’ve noticed a foul smell coming from outside and a gurgling sound coming from one of the drains. Whenever it would rain, the area around it would flood slightly and take ages to drain. We tried buying drain unblockers, but none seemed effective. Eventually, we turned to No 1 PHD and were left wondering why we didn’t do this sooner.