There’s a lot more to water tanks than just buying a filter and forgetting about them. Here’s what you should keep in mind.

You know the saying out of sight, out of mind? This is especially true when it comes to the maintenance of home water tanks in Dubai. Cooking, cleaning, showering, you name it – Dubai residents rely on them every single day and yet tend to completely forget about their upkeep.

But it’s essential to ensure residential water tanks are professionally cleaned at least once per year, according to Dubai Municipality – every six months if possible.

While water supplied by DEWA is considered fit for human consumption, a dirty storage tank means that the water that reaches you will not be clean and fresh. If you’ve installed a water filtration system you might think you’ve done enough to protect you from health issues – sadly, not necessarily. Many systems are not 100% effective (although they obviously don’t shout about that on the packaging.)

When you do get your water tank professionally cleaned, the service should include draining the tank, dislodging and removing residue, disinfecting, scrubbing and pressure-washing all tank surfaces, and finally drying and refilling the tank.

Not only does this take of the water tank itself and keep it in good shape, but it will also mitigate a whole host of serious health and safety concerns.


Keep health issues away

It’s not pleasant to think about, but unclean water tanks become a breeding ground for bacteria – and while most are harmless, some can be dangerous such as e. coli – the most common type of bacteria that grows in dirty water. It can cause diarrhoea, stomach cramps, and even fever. There’s also salmonella which has about 2,500 strains and can cause abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Numerous types of algae, fungi, and mould can be present in water storage – all potential risks to your health. By using a professional water tank cleaning service, you can help safeguard your family from water-borne illnesses and get peace of mind.

Ideally, you should also get your gutters, catchments, and downpipes cleaned regularly. This not only affects the cleanliness of your tank water but also ensures maximum water gets into the tank.

It’s also important to note that that water tanks can rust with time, so if you see a reddish tint to the water coming out of your taps get your tank checked out straight away by a maintenance company.


What now?

If you haven’t had your water tank cleaned or inspected in a while (or ever), a good time to get it done is before the summer heat is in full swing. Mould and bacteria love warm environments so a full tank cleaning will help prevent them from setting up shop.

At Breathe, we’d be happy to answer any questions or support you with our services. For more info or to book an appointment, get in touch with us today.