3 Reasons Why Concrete Water Tanks Last Longer
Installing a water tank isn't something you do regularly. Ideally, you want the tank to last for as long as possible, especially if it has a complex installation, like if you're putting it underground.
If you want a water tank that will last a long time, then a concrete model is often the best option. Why do concrete water tanks tend to last longer?
1. Concrete Doesn't Burn
If you live in a bushfire-prone area, then you need to take steps to protect everything on your property. This isn't just about your house. If a fire passes through your property, then anything that can melt or burn will do just that.
So, if you have a plastic water tank, an intense fire could completely destroy it. Metal tanks may deal with fire more effectively, but they can still be damaged by extreme heat.
On the other hand, concrete doesn't melt or burn. It bats off the effects of bushfires and comes out the other side undamaged.
2. Concrete Retains Its Strength
Concrete ages better than some other tank materials. It stays strong for longer. For example, while metal tanks typically have long lifespans, eventually the surface of the tank might break down. It may start to corrode, especially around its joints and fixings. This corrosion can be external or internal. Once metal rusts, it loses integrity. Parts of the tank weaken, and they may break or leak. Rust can also affect the quality and taste of the water in the tank itself.
Concrete tanks cope better over the long-term. For a start, they don't corrode. These tanks are also usually constructed in one piece so they don't have joints or connections that might affect their overall integrity or strength.
3. Concrete Isn't Affected by the Weather
Some water tanks stop working well as they age because of environmental conditions. Years of rain can cause metal tanks to eventually rust. The weather can also affect plastic products.
For example, if a plastic tank sits in the hot sun for a long period of time, then the heat of the sun will affect the flexibility of the plastic. It may become brittle, lose its shape or even crack. Cold weather can have the same effects.
Weather conditions don't affect concrete. It shrugs off sun, rain and cold temperatures without any side effects affecting its lifespan.
If you're interested in concrete water tanks, talk to your tank supplier. They can tell you more about why concrete is a good long-term option.