The installation process will differ depending on the application of the water storage tank. Reverse osmosis tanks are very simple to install, requiring only a piece of plastic tubing and a couple of plastic quick-connect fittings to connect your tank’s control valve to the air gap faucet.
Though installing a well storage tank system is more involved than an RO storage tank, it is not overly difficult or time-consuming task. A well tank installation will require several parts to ensure the system runs smoothly:
Connect the tank to a water inlet from the well. You’ll need to make sure the pressure tank is connected to the water line running to the well. The well pump should be pumping water directly into the tank. Install fittings to route the plumbing from the well directly to the storage tank.
Make sure a check valve is in place. Check valves allow water to flow in only one direction. A check valve will let the well pump push water into the tank, and prevent it from flowing back out of the tank and down into the well once the pump has turned off.
Install a pressure relief valve. Pressure relief valves are designed to open when a specified pressure is reached and allow water to flow through until the pressure drops to the desired level. These prevent excessive pressure build-up that could cause the storage tanks to exceed their design limits
Ensure the tank is connected to a boiler drain. In the event that you need to drain the entire tank, a boiler drain will allow you to quickly and efficiently do so. Rather than turning off the well pump and running your faucet until the tank empties out, boiler drains will release all the water with the turn of a knob.
Attach a pressure switch. Pressure switches tell the well pump when to turn on and off based on the pressure building within the tank. Without this, the pump will not know when to stop delivering water to the tank. For example, a 40/60 pressure switch will allow water to drain out of the tank until the internal pressure reaches 40psi. This then tells the well pump to activate and start pumping water. The well pump will continue to fill the tank until the tank reaches 60psi, at which point the pump will turn off until the next pressure drop.
All of these components can be easily purchased and installed together as one unit called a tank fittings package. You can select your desired pressure switch settings, and get all the required fittings in one convenient package.
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