Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bladder Water Tanks

Water storage tanks can come in many shapes and sizes and this can include stainless steel tanks, plastic tanks and portable tanks. However if you are looking for a simple storage solution that does not take up to much space then bladder water tanks are an option to consider.

Bladder water tanks are essentially large reinforced plastic or rubber bags which are laid out flat in an appropriate space. When filled with water they basically look like large pillows and for this reason they can also be know by the name pillow tanks. The rubber is reinforced to make them extremely puncture resistant and this makes them durable tanks. The can be effective tanks and in a range of situations can be an ideal choice.

Depending on the materials used to manufacture them, bladder water tanks can be used for potable drinking water. However they can also be used for rainwater and less clean water used in the home or office for bathing, toilet flushing and other purposes. They come in various sizes with smaller bladder tanks capable of holding around 1,000 gallons or less and larger tanks for commercial and industrial use being manufactured with capacities of 100,000 gallons or more.

There can be a number of benefits to using bladder water tanks. They can be installed in locations where other tanks will not fit. If you do not have enough space to locate a more traditional upright metal or plastic tank, a bladder tank can be an option. It is possible to locate them in the crawl space under a home or patio deck and this keeps them out of the way and safely stored. They can also be ideal as a portable water tank and some are designed small enough to fit on the back of a pick-up or flat bed truck for easy transport of water.

Pillow tanks are available from a few different manufacturers. The internet is an excellent place to look for these and a quick search can identify a number of manufacturers. Typical of these is the Tank Depot, Aero Tech Laboratories Incorporated and Canflex Incorporated. These companies produce a range of bladder tanks in various sizes from as small as 25 gallons up to 100,000 gallons and more. The tanks they produce are suitable for potable water, rainwater and other water.

The cost for bladder water tanks will vary depending on the size of the tank. Smaller tanks can cost a few hundred dollars. The Tank Depot produces a 25 gallon bladder tank which retails for around $250, whereas a larger 1000 gallon tank costs in the region of $650. Companies are usually happy to provide a quote for a tank depending on your specifications.

As a space saving option, bladder water tanks can be a good option. They can be installed in locations where other tanks will not fit and placing them in the space below a home or porch can free up room elsewhere for other uses. This can make them a good choice and they are an option to consider if you are looking for a water tank for your home or business.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Biggest Pick Up Truck Bed Water Tank Yet

500 Gallon Pickup Truck Water Tank

Rotational molded with high quality FDA approved UV protected plastic to ensure uniform
thickness and strength for maximum durability and longevity. The one piece construction
eliminates cracking and splitting common in plastic-welded, two piece construction tanks. All edges have been rounded for safety and strength.

This tank has been designed to fit in EVERY FULL-SIZE truck bed, does not matter if it is Ford, Dodge, Chevy, Toyota, ect.

* Conveniently designed and engineered to fit in back of pick-ups & trailer units
* Roto-molded/Seamless and Manufactured from FDA listed material
* Gussets / baffling in bottom of tank to reduce sloshing
* Translucent plastic allows you to see water levels in the tank
* Low-profile & easy transport for full size pick-up truck
* Includes shut-off valve and can be plumbed from anywhere
* Limitless utilities:
o Water transportation
o Irrigation purpose
o Pressure-Washing
o Deicing
o Chemical haul
o Sprayer
o Dust control
o Fire Fighting Applications
o Potable water capabilities
o Home & Commercial emergency water storage
o Landscape utilities

Tank Weight: 165 lbs. – 3/16th wall

Tank Dimensions: 3’-9” (W) X 5’-6” (L) X 3’-6” (H)

Lid: 3” Fill-Cap & 2” drain fitting

SPG Rating: 2 – designed with a 2.5:1 safety factor. Designed for containment of liquids of up to 1.7 specific gravity.
Warranty: 500 gallon tank has 3 year warranty (Covers Defects in Materials and Workmanship)

Tips for a Maintaining Trouble-free RV Holding Tanks

Holding tanks, certainly not the glitz and glamor of hitting the open road, are a fact of life when RVing. Most RVs have a black tank, one or two gray tanks and a freshwater tank. There’s no getting around it – without holding tanks we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the “home-style” plumbing features in our rigs. But holding tanks present mystery and perhaps even a bit of confusion to a new RVer. What, when, how…read on for answers.

An RV’s freshwater tank holds water a camper may use when no outside water hook-up is available – whether in a campground, at a rest stop or during travel. The water is pumped to your plumbing system via a 12-volt water pump – usually operated by a switch in the kitchen or bathroom. The most common freshwater tank maintenance task is sanitization. Remember, this is simply a tank full of water – infrequent use can cause bacteria buildup resulting in bad tasting or smelling water or even a bug that may make you ill.

Eliminate this unpleasantness by sanitizing with a bleach water solution. Drain your tank, fill half way with fresh water, add ¼ cup of bleach for every 15 gallons your tank holds, fill tank, run “cold” water through your faucets, run the “hot” water to get the bleach water solution in your hot water tank. Let stand for four to six hours. Drain the tank (including hot water tank via faucets) completely. Mix a ½ cup of baking soda with a gallon of water, pour into tank and refill tank. Open all faucets to allow the fresh water to pump throughout the system – this step removes the bleach odor. Drain tank once again and refill – ready to use. Even sanitized, it is a good idea to use bottled water for drinking and cooking.

One more fresh water tank tip – water weighs eight pounds per gallon – factor that weight in when traveling. I typically travel with only five or six gallons for rest stop needs. Most camps that do not have water hook-ups at the sites do have a water station to fill up prior to parking.

The gray water system is the holding area for waste water from showers, the bathroom and kitchen sinks, etc. Be careful when washing dishes not to let many solids – like rice grains, etc. – down the drain. It’s okay to leave the tank valves open when connected to a sewer system. Occasional odors can be treated with the same holding tank solution used for your black tank – nothing fancy required.

Black water is the boogieman of an RV’s holding tank system. This is where the “solids” reside. Plainly said, this is your toilet waste. Tip number one – DO NOT leave your tank open – even when you are connected to the campground’s sewer system. Your black water tank should be ½ to ¾ full before dumping. This little technique allows the suction of the sewer dump to force the solids out. That’s a good thing, no one wants stinky left behinds (no pun intended) to solidify on the bottom of your tank. Once that happens it is almost impossible to loosen it up and flush it out completely. It’s never a bad idea to run a few cycles of fresh water through the system when flushing the tank with a wand or other nifty tool meant for the job.

Black tanks need a chemical “holding tank treatment” and a few gallons of water added after dumping. Look for an environmentally safe, formaldehyde-free solution. These treatments come in liquid form (which I like the best), tablets (never sure if they dissolve) or granules. These treatments may also contain a tank conditioner to lubricate the valves and seals.

You don’t have to purchase camping store TP, either. Look for a one-ply product like Scott’s and your black tank will be fine. To test a TP put a sheet or two in a tall glass of water, allow to sit five minutes and stir. RV acceptable TP will disintegrate upon stirring. Lastly, nothing exotic should go down the toilet – waste and TP only, please.

A few more thoughts on holding tanks that you may find useful:

The tank meters inside your rig rarely work. Use another system to determine when to dump your tanks.
Use a sturdy sewer hose with several end connectors on board and carry a rubber donut – required at more and more campgrounds.
You may run into a law that prohibits the sewer hose from touching the ground. Be prepared by carrying a few pre-cut gutters and a wood block or two.
And lastly, you know the old saying…it doesn’t run uphill…much to the surprise of many campground engineers (especially in government parks).

So, there’s the fact of camping life that can’t be ignored. Just do it…