Tool hire in Durban and the rest of South Africa is useful for many DIY projects, but with much of the country still in drought mode, setting up a rainwater tank is one project that you will truly get maximum use out of once the rains finally arrive.
These large tanks are available in various sizes. Essentially large barrels, they have a threaded tap that can attach a hose, allowing you to use the tank to water your garden or fetch water directly from the tap for household use. Typically, they are attached to the house and mounted either against a supporting structure or set upright on a concrete platform. Gutters and pipes are adjusted so that when it rains, water is directed into the tank instead of out into the sewers. As the water comes directly from the sky, it is pure enough to drink or use for lawns and plants.
Once you have purchased the tank, you will need to install it safely and properly. A plumber is required for the actual connecting part, but for everything else, you can do it yourself with a bit of time, know-how and the right tools for hire.
Tool Hire DIY: Setting up a Water Tank
Some tips to keep in mind include the following:
As we mentioned above, a plumber is a good idea to help you connect the gutters to the tank, and install an overflow. You do not want to risk causing problems to the mains water supply, so it is best to leave this part to the experts. What you can do in the meantime however is prepare the non-plumbing odds and ends.
Will your tank stand upright, or will you mount it against the side of your house? If it is the latter, you will need a frame that is sturdy enough to act as a mount for the tank. They do not weigh a great deal when setting up, as of course, the tank is empty. But as you collect water, it will begin to weigh a great deal more. With that in mind, it is best to use reinforced steel and very sturdy wood when making a frame. Do some research on the best option for your needs, and, if you need power tools to cut wood and metal, tool rental is your best bet. This will allow you to hire the tools you need without having to pay huge overheads.
If, on the other hand, you plan to sit the tank upright alongside your house, you will need to prepare a foundation. The ground needs to be levelled so that it is flat and secure. For a larger tank, you may need to make a concrete foundation. Hiring concrete mixers is a good way to ensure that this job is done properly – you could also consider compacters and other concrete tools for hire.
For best results, work with your plumber so that you know exactly where to build the foundation so that it can connect to your gutters. Most tanks also include instructions that will give you further advice on preparing the foundation.
- Gutters and roofing
You will need to keep gutters clean so that no leaves or debris is collected or able to block your catchment area. Damaged gutters should be repaired and checked before and after installing the tank. You may need to redirect your gutters – your plumber will advise if this is required. Pipes will need to be ‘dry’, meaning that there is a constant downward flow to prevent water building up between flushes. Any lead based paint or flashing or other toxic coatings on the roof can affect water quality, so be sure to check this before setting up your tank.
Whether you need to hire concrete tools or cutting tools, or any other equipment for the job, Coastal Hire Pinetown has everything you need to set up your rainwater tank simply and safely.