Tank Installation & Cleaning
Cleaning the Tank
It's not necessary, but it can be a good idea to clean your tank before using it. Depending on storage conditions and water quality, you may want to wash the tank out again every few seasons.
We have done our best to vacuum out any leftover shavings or other material. Your tank was made at 700° F, so the likelihood of any living bacteria is very remote. Cleaning steps are as follows:
- Lay the tank on its side on a lawn or driveway. Make sure you don't smash the black fittings.
- Take the lid off and spray water around the inside of the tank until you have a pool of water.
- Pour a third of a cup of bleach in the tank and roll the tank back and forth to slosh it around to coat the inside.
- Stand the tank up and let the water and bleach completely drain out.
Installing the Spigots
Each tank comes packaged with two brass spigots that need to be installed into the two black bulkhead fittings near the bottom of the tank (the bottom fitting on the 525 gallon tank is already installed). Sometimes it can be easier to do these steps while the tank is laid on its side.
- Make sure the black bulkhead fittings are tight. Remember, these fittings tighten counter-clockwise, the opposite of normal. Don't over tighten these. Just get them as tight as you can by hand or with a small wrench. (we do our best to tighten fittings before shipping)
- Thread the back of brass spigots (the part pre-wrapped in teflon tape) into the bulkhead fittings. Be very careful not to cross-thread them. Take it slow until you can feel them threading in properly, then tighten them by hand as much as you can. Don't over tighten these either. (installing the bottom valve is best when tank is tipped back or laying down)
Placing and Filling the Tank
Your tank will weigh over 2000 pounds when completely filled. Make sure it is on a level concrete floor with the entire bottom of the tank supported before you fill it. It's not necessary, but if you prefer a barrier between the tank and the floor, we recommend you use a flat piece of plastic, rubber, or plywood. Wooden pallets or structures are usually not strong enough to hold a full tank. Also keep in mind how you plan to drain it if you want to rotate your water in the future.
Once the spigots are installed and the tank is placed properly, you can begin filling your tank.
- Take off or loosen the black top cap to let the air escape.
- Fill the tank to just above the top spigot and wait for one hour.
- Check to make sure that none of the fittings are leaking. If there are drips around a fitting, tighten it a quarter-turn and wait again. Repeat this step until there are no drips.
- Fill your tank the rest of the way. Keep watch on it while it fills to make sure that it doesn't overflow.
- Replace the top cap.
Updated 5 February 2015