There are plenty of things to consider when you're buying and installing an above ground water tank. However, one thing that many people fail to take into account is how their water tank will impact their next-door neighbours. Here are just four steps to take to ensure that your above ground water tank is installed in a way that doesn't upset those neighbours.
1. Consider Sightlines
The first thing you have to think about when considering the needs of your neighbours is whether they are going to be able to see the tank from their own home. If you can position it out of the way, all the better, but this is not always possible. At the very least, you need to make sure that the water tank installation will not block out light from their garden. You should also avoid placing the tank so close to the boundary between your property that it is visible over the fence.
2. Take Care with Pump Placement
Though some units will not require them, many water tanks will need a pump fitted. Unfortunately, pumps can be quite loud. You can take some steps to lessen the noise, such as using a pump cover, but it's best to protect the peace and quiet of your neighbours by ensuring that the pump is positioned away from their property. The noise should be impossible to hear or barely perceptible from their own space.
3. Consider the Lay of the Land
Though unlikely, it is always possible that an above ground water tank might develop a leak, and this is going to be more than a little aggravating if leaked water flows from your property to the neighbour's property. Make sure you inspect the land for slopes and declivities. If possible, position your water tank so that any leakages will not be directed towards your neighbour's property.
4. Think Back Garden Instead of Front Garden
If possible, install your above ground water tank in the back garden instead of the front. The issue here is that many people do not like the way a water tank looks. This will often become more and more of a problem as the water tank gets older. Your neighbours are more likely to kick up a fuss if the water tank is visible from the front of the property since it may detract from the area's natural appeal. In fact, you might even find that local councils or homeowners associations discourage or outright prohibit the placement of an above ground water tank at the front of a property.