Typical water tank cleaning at home
Water is one of the most important constituents of our body and every drop we consume needs to be pure. We need to be careful about common contamination points that we ignore daily, that may sow the seeds of some of the allergies and diseases. Water tank cleaning is not only important but a necessity.
As a kid, I remember in every three months, one Sunday used to go waste. My father would ask me and my brother to clean the water tank ourselves. We used to empty the tank, get into it, rub with a scrub slightly and then, assuming its clean, obviously refill it.
Then, gradually as we grew up, a plumber from the nearest shop would come to clean the tank and follow the more or less same procedure.And, I believe, in many of our homes, things go this way. The reason being, many of us do not know why tank cleaning is more than cleaning and removing dust. Let’s have a look!
Why is self-tank cleaning not enough?
What we ourselves do, just involves cleaning, but simply getting rid of dust is not enough. Disinfection is yet another thing we need to look upon.
First, before we know why it is important, let’s make a list of all the places, I mean, in washroom, for bathing, cleaning, brushing, in kitchens for cleaning utensils, and the list goes on.
Ever wondered that water can contain bacteria, germs, fungi or virus, anything.
Here is how the closed water storage tank can be contaminated.
• If water stands for long time, algae is sure to contaminate the water. Yes, the tank gets empty at times and you refill it, but, certain particles of algae are still left, which increase over time.
• Sometimes, the water from the supply contains dirt, which may not be noticeable. However, when we keep the water in tank for prolonged period, we can find sediments of dust at the bottom of the tank, which may lead to odour and impurities.
• Due to sedimentation, the bacteria find a place to hide and bride. There are certain bacteria, which deplete the levels of chlorine and other chemical treatment, thus causing health issues.
What professionals do?
Here is a process service tank providers usually follow, however, there can be different steps, depending upon the service providers, the type of tank you have, the material used for making the tank, the size of tank, your usage of tank, your surroundings, danger of pests and insects around your place etc. Let us try to understand one such process!
Stage 1: De-watering: The water tank is emptied with an automatic machine.
Stage 2: Sludge removal: sludge and dirty water is removed using special sludge pump
Stage 3: Scrubbing: The hard stains, fungi, dirt are removed manually by scrubbing.
Stage 4: High pressure cleaning: The walls of tanks may have germs and bacteria due to presence of dampness and oxygen. High pressure cleaning helps to remove these bacteria and germs.
Stage 5: Vacuum cleaning: as the name suggests, vacuum cleaner is used to create vacuum inside the tank, to completely empty it.
Stage 6: Anti-bacterial spray: Anti-bacterial spray is used inside the tank. It prevents germs and bacteria from breeding.
Stage 7: UV Radiation: This is quite similar to Stage 6. However, the radiator helps to clean any floating bacteria inside the tank.
Have you ever thought, water tank cleaning could be so complex.!
While most of us are aware of Lifestyle diseases, we also need to be careful about common contamination points that we ignore daily, that may sow the seeds of some of the allergies and diseases. 80% of our body constitutes water, hence it is needless to say this is not just important but a necessity.
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Written by Indu Verma