It's important that adequate pressure is maintained in homes and properties that rely on well water so that water circulates properly throughout a building's plumbing fixtures. A well pressure tank maintains the proper pressure in buildings supplied by well water by storing pressurized water on the the exterior of the building.

This tank will need to be regularly maintained to keep the pressure right. Periodic cleanings are an important part of keeping a well pressure tank operating properly. The following are seven steps to cleaning a well pressure tank:

  1. Turn off the power
    The power supply needs to be turned off before any work is done. Power can be turned off through controls located in the breaker box. The well pressure tank should be tested before work begins to make sure that it isn't being supplied with power.

    It's a good idea to leave some notification at the breaker box to indicate that work is being done and power should not be turned back on until the work is finished. 
     
  2. Remove water
    The water should then be drained out of the tank so that the tank can be cleaned. Typically, water is drained out by attaching a hose to a faucet fixture at the tank's bottom edge. After the hose is attached, opening a valve in the tank should allow all of the water to drain out. 
  3. Take out the air regulator
    In addition to removing the water, it's necessary to take out the tank's air regulator to clean the tank. The air regulator is the device that indicates the amount of pressure in the tank.
  4. Take away the access hatch
    Next, the tank's access hatch should be taken out. This piece equipment can be removed by removing the screws that keep the tank's access panel in place. Once the panel is removed, the access hatch can be taken away.
  5. Clean out any buildup
    There is likely to be some calcium buildup in the tank, and this can be wiped away with a rag. If it is difficult to remove buildup, steel wool can be used for a more abrasive cleaning. 
  6. Replace the access hatch and the air regulator
    After the inside of the tank has been scrubbed clean, the access hatch and air regulator need to be replaced. Be careful to make the screws tight when replacing these items to ensure that all of the parts remain in place.
  7. Inspect pipes
    A tank cleaning is a good time to inspect pipes. Using a flashlight, get an up-close look at pipes and check for any cracks or leaks. These will need to be repaired to ensure the proper functioning of the well pressure tank. 

For assistance, talk to a professional like BWS Fabrication Inc.

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