A Preparation Guide for Installation of Your Rainwater Tank
So you've decided to buy a rainwater tank to do your bit for the environment and save you money. You've bought and paid for the tank and now need to get ready for the installation. It is a large delivery and not as straightforward as receiving a parcel. You'll have some responsibility for ensuring that the tank can be delivered and that installation can take place without any hiccups. This guide will help you work out what you need to do to achieve a smooth delivery and installation.
What Should You Be Doing to Prepare for the Delivery of Your Tank?
The first thing you'll need to do is find out what parts of the system come with the tank and what parts are your responsibility. This is likely to depend on who you've bought it from and the type of package you've paid for. For example, you may find that you're responsible for the plumbing work that goes to and from your tank. It may also be necessary to request a pressure tested valve if your council requires it. This may not be a standard part of the rainwater tank system you've bought -- check with your supplier and request one if necessary. Your water tanks supplier should be able to guide you on what things you need to have in place for installation.
Will the Tank Supplier Be Able to Gain Adequate Access to Your Property?
As rainwater tanks are big, the vehicles that deliver them are also big. Ensure that the delivery truck will be able to get into the area it needs to. You should ask for the dimensions of the vehicle transporting your water tank in advance, and check the width of gates, roads, and roundabouts leading to your property. If you feel this is going to be a problem, you need to consult with the tank supplier to discuss alternative delivery methods. It may be that you'll need to hire a crane to use for delivery. Beware that the expense of the crane may be your responsibility.
Will Your Tank Suppliers Need Help Unloading Your Tank?
You'll need to check whether the water tank supplier will be sending extra people to help with unloading or whether this is your responsibility. This will vary according to who you buy from. With some providers, you may be expected to supply people to help at your end.
Will Your Rainwater Tank Need Securing?
Your tank will be empty when it arrives. As such, it may not be entirely secure against the elements. You might need to fill the tank partially with water to weigh it down and prevent it from blowing away. If so, you'll need to have a hose system ready to do this. The type of tank you've bought will determine how much water it will need to secure it. Your supplier will be able to guide you on this.
For more information on preparing for the installation of rainwater tanks, contact a local supplier.