What is a Pressurized Tank?
If you live in a regular suburban-style home or are thinking of moving into one, one of the things you might have to consider getting initially for your home is a pressure tank. A pressure tank is a device that uses compressed air to push water from a water source upward. A pressurized tank stores pressurized water that helps it get distributed to different areas or floors in a building or home. In homes or buildings with more than one floor, a pressure tank is an absolute necessity because they help pumps bring up water to the other floors.
Pressure tanks are generally known to help pumps function better by allowing them to run when they need to be on, and keeping the pressure consistent to avoid water hammer instances. Pressure tanks also ensure the constant flow of water, so that when you are in a floor above, you can enjoy a stream of water from the tap, not short bursts with irregular pressure.
Most pressurized tank types are used with private wells. The tanks operate at a pressure of 20 pounds per square inch and hold extra water in their system to ensure this consistent flow.
There are various sizes of pressure tanks. The larger ones may be more expensive, but they can hold more water so the pump switch will be turned on less, extending it’s life. There are several types of pressure tanks available. You can get a galvanized pressure tank (which is one of the oldest types), a pre-charged pressure tank, and a sealed diaphragm pressure tank.
Getting a pressure tank is easy but requires a bit of research as you need to know what type is appropriate for your home. You can consult with a professional when in doubt, but the process is fairly straightforward so long as you read the manufacturer’s instructions thoroughly. You can also ask your pressure tank supplier to install it, which they will be able to do but they might charge a fee.
When you do get a pressure tank, maintenance is very important as well. Make sure you check on your pressurized tank regularly to avoid it malfunctioning or filling up with too high a pressure. Be sure also that you replace your tank once it gets old or worn out to avoid any accidents.
Pressure tanks can be a little bit on the expensive side, so be sure to contact your manufacturer for one that is durable and can last a long time. Even so, experts recommend changing your pressurized tank every 10 years or so, or as needed. There may be other factors that can cause the wear and tear on your pressure tank to be sped up, so it is good to be aware of this so you can prepare the necessary expense.
It is also good to maintain a good relationship with your provider so that you can ask them for help just in case you find yourself in need of repairing your pressure tank. Repairing these specialized machines requires a lot of technical know-how, and, suffice to say, should not be attempted by a do it yourself-er. At best, you could break a part or two, but at worst the built-up pressure incorrectly released could seriously harm or injure a person.
If you are moving into a new house or building one, be sure to ask your agent or contractor for a space for your pressure tank and pump. If you are living in a condo unit, this will usually be taken care of by your building so you needn’t worry about it.
When everything is said and done, pressure tanks are definitely one of those specialized machines that help make our lives easier but we often don’t know much about it and forget to ask the right questions so that we can make sure we can handle troubleshooting it if the need arises. There is a lot of information online about pressure tanks which will be useful for any newbie. Online forums also have experts who can explain to you in layman terms what you should remember and what you shouldn’t do so that you are kept safe even with the pressure tank in your home.