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.