- The Water Tank Doesn’t Fill Up
- There Are Leaks and Overflow
- The System Is Noisy
- Tap Water Isn’t Clean
- Is It Time You Had an Attic Water Tank Replacement?
Do you need an Attic Water Tank Replacement? Read on to find out….. Until quite recently, central heating systems that incorporated a water tank in the attic were very common. As these systems have aged, newer technology has taken over and combi boilers have become the new standard. However, many homes still have attic water tanks.
Several signs indicate that you may need an attic water tank replacement and you are wise to take notice of them – you could avoid serious damage to your home by replacing your water tank at the right time whether you choose to replace like-for-like or take the combi boiler route.
Here are some of the top signs that you are ready for an attic water tank replacement.
The Water Tank Doesn’t Fill Up
When your attic water tank does not fill up properly, it can’t feed the rest of the system which results in a degradation of performance. There can be numerous reasons as to why your tank will not fill up, often relating to pipework elsewhere in the home – but it can also be a sign that there is an issue with the tank itself.
In this instance, it is best to have the situation checked by a professional Dublin plumber who will be able to identify the root cause of the problem.
There Are Leaks and Overflow
In the opposite problem to a tank that does not fill up, your tank may overflow if it fills up too much. This may not be a constant problem but can be identified by pools of water around the tank. You can determine if this is the case by checking the tank regularly.
Alternatively, a tank with a leak is most likely to have water outside of the tank all the time. The leak may be in a connection to the tank or from the tank itself, but either problem is a cause for concern. If the leak develops, a constant flow of water may penetrate the structure of your home, causing damage to wood, brick, and other materials requiring a visit from an Emergency Plumber
Attic water tank replacement becomes a priority when the leaks are heavy and constant, so the best option is to try and catch the problem early on. A leaking attic water tank may be lacking in structural integrity which can lead to floods of water cascading down from your loft – a situation you certainly want to avoid!
The System is Noisy
Your central heating and water system may not be silent, but there is a difference between operational sounds and noise. When the water system becomes noisy, it usually indicates that something is wrong.
A noisy water tank can be caused by some kind of blockage as restricted water flow can make some very loud noises. It might be that a valve has an issue, allowing too much or too little water through. This can lead to the problems mentioned above, such as leaks, overflowing water, or the tank not filling up.
Older water tanks can be made of metal which can amplify any noise, and vibrations caused by a weakening support structure can also be a problem. A water tank should be supported on a stand and not placed directly on the joists in your attic, so if the support is failing (or was not there, to begin with) you need to take action to have your attic water tank replacement completed quickly.
Tap Water Isn’t Clean
The water tank in your attic may feed cold water taps around your home in addition to being part of your heating system. It may not feed all of the cold taps, as it is quite common for kitchen taps to be directly attached to the mains water supply, but bathroom taps (especially on the bath itself) can be fed from the tank.
Dirt, rust, and other particles can accumulate in a water tank, and the clearest evidence of this is when the water from your taps appears dirty. While the dirt itself may not be an immediate cause for concern other than creating dirty bathwater, the build of dirt suggests that the water system is not working at its optimum level.
When enough debris is present in the pipes and tank, the flow of water can be stopped, valves can be jammed, and major problems can occur. You may eventually get no water out of the taps while there are floods in your loft, and your entire heating system may become clogged up and stop functioning.
A clean system is a healthy system, and if your water tank is full of dirt and debris – and in some cases, it is a metal tank that has started rusting – you need to consider attic water tank replacement as soon as possible.
Contamination – Attic Water Tank Replacement Required?
Water tanks in your attic can be sealed or unsealed. Unsealed tanks give easy access to see the water level but can also easily become contaminated.
While dust and other particles in your attic may cause a problem over time, the problem can be worse if you are visited by wildlife. A small rodent or bird may get into your attic area, and it is not uncommon for them to end up in the water tank.
This can contaminate the water and cause problems that exceed the issues caused by debris and rust. While this is not a physical fault with the water tank, an attic water tank replacement will ensure that small furry or feathered visitors won’t have an impact on your water and heating system.
Is It Time You Had an Attic Water Tank Replacement?
Aside from these issues, attic water tanks simply wear out over time. New components, such as New Gas Boiler in your central heating system will upgrade efficiency, meaning that you will end up paying less to heat the water you use.
If you are unsure about your current water tank and think an attic water tank replacement may be needed in your home, just get in touch. We will be happy to examine and evaluate your current water tank and let you know what’s best to do.
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