Although the heavy rain and storms often experienced in summer have now passed, that does not mean there will be no more rain in the months ahead. However, now that the weather has settled, it is the perfect time to take care of changes around the home. As someone interested in installing a rainwater tank, it is important to weigh up the positives and negatives of this investment before you go ahead and book in a roofing plumber who has the skills needed for this task. These are the pros and cons of installing a rainwater tank to assist you in making this decision.
Pros Of A Rainwater Tank
Australia is unpredictable with its weather patterns, and drought conditions which last for years are not unusual in this country. Therefore, the biggest benefit of installing a rainwater tank is that you gain a back-up source of water. Provided that your plumber installs a good filtration system, rainwater from the tank can be used for drinking, bathing, washing and watering the gardens. The bigger the tank, the more water you can collect.
Secondly, when you use the rainwater from your tank, you reduce the cost of your water rates bill. This money saved is a return on your investment after the tank is installed. Finally, using rainwater for your household needs is an environmentally friendly choice. Most of Australia's town water supply comes through processing plants which treat and filter that water. The less mainstream water you need, the less amount of water which needs to flow through the treatment facility.
Cons Of A Rainwater Tank
To provide a balanced thought process, you also need to consider the cons of installing a rainwater tank. The upfront cost required for both the purchase of the tank and the installation cost may be high. Depending on the size and the type of material it is made of, you may pay between $700 and $2,000 for the tank itself and then installation costs on top of this. The other main thing to remember is that there will be periods where there is no rain to fill the tank. Because of the unreliability of rain in Australia in every season outside of summer, you may need to purchase water for the tank if you plan to rely on it as your only method of house water.
Now that you know more about rainwater tanks, give your local roofing plumber a call to discuss your options further.