Matt, one of our operations managers, received a call from Annabella in Moonee Ponds who had purchased 2 rainwater tanks from Bunnings Warehouse and was looking for a fixed price Plumber to install them. She was wanting to get them installed ASAP so she could keep busy in her garden during Melbourne’s lockdown 6.0
Matt organised a suitable time to attend site to be able to inspect the plumbing work required and provide a free quote for the installation of her 2 water tanks.
Assessment for Quote
Matt arrived at the appointed time and noticed that the delivery driver had dropped the tanks off and placed them down the side of the house blocking access to Annabella’s bins. Matt promised Annabella he would get a quote to her and if she was happy to proceed, he would make sure the job was completed before bin day.
As promised Matt emailed a fixed quote to Annabella and followed her up to explain the detail and make sure she received it. Annabella said she understood the detail within the quote and the price was very competitive, so she was keen to book the job with one of our expert Moonee Ponds Plumbers.
Arrival On Site
Michael, an experienced plumber, and Max, one of our apprentices, were allocated the job. Matt met them both in Moonee Ponds on the morning of the job to run through the works included in the quote provided to Annabella.
Water Tank Locations
Michael and Max relocated the water tanks into the position Annabella wanted and noted one of the tanks would restrict her access to her sideway and make it difficult to get her bins out on bin night. Michael discussed this with Anabella prior to commencing the connection of the water tanks, as he thought an alternative location would be a far better option.
Michael detailed some alternative locations for the tanks on the opposite side on the house, Annabella agreed and was thankful for the recommendation. A new location was agreed on for one of the tanks to be installed on the opposite side of the house.
Installing the Water Tanks
When installing a rainwater tank, you want to catch as much of the water running off your roof as possible, the location of the tank is critical in this decision and a key factor when deciding where to locate your rainwater tank.
The tank that was relocated needed to have a base prepared to support it when it is full of water. Michael and Max prepared the area as per the manufacturer’s installation to ensure the tank sat level on the ground area, this meant the warranty was not compromised.
Modifying The Down Pipes
Michael and Max then proceeded to modify the existing down pipes so that they would supply the tanks with water from the roof next time it rained. They then proceeded to modify the storm water drainage system to receive the overflow water out of the tanks once they were full.
Annabella was using the water purely for her garden and wasn’t installing a pump system, so the tank outlets were adapted so Annabella could simply plug her garden hose in and start watering like she would on a normal garden tap.
Site Clean Up
The site was then cleaned before Michael ran over the installation with Annabella to ensure she was happy with the job before he left for his next job.
Checklist for Water Tank Installation
When installing rainwater tanks, it is critical to the longevity of the tank that the following checklist is adhered to.
- They are installed on a firm, level base as per the manufacturer’s installation instructions
- If your water tank leaks or fails due to an incorrect installation, the manufacturer’s warranty will most certainly be null and void
- It’s super important to consider the catchment area the tanks will receive water from, so they catch as much rainwater as possible
- For peace of mind, make sure you receive your plumbing certificate of compliance on completion of the work, which only a licensed plumber can issue