Water Tank Lining vs Water Tank Replacement – Which is Better?

A water tank lining or water tank replacement service can provide an effective solution if you have noticed something wrong with your water tank. However, many people do not necessarily understand the difference between the two and sometimes end up paying more for what is actually required. As such, this article will discuss which is better between water tank relining or a full on tank replacement to help you decide which option is best suited to your current scenario. 

First of all, it is important to understand that there are several reasons as to why your water tank would need relining or a total replacement. These can include any of the following:

  • Rust/corrosion over time which could lead the water tank to leak
  • Natural causes such as harsh weather conditions or wild animals damaging the apparatus 
  • Sediment build-up as a result of steel corrosion
  • Deteriorating of the mastic
  • Development of bacterial growth

Water Tank lining – Pros

Water tank lining is usually the recommended solution to fixing your water tanks problems due to the following reasons:

  • Increased lifespan of your water tank – Water tank lining services, like COVAC, utilise specialised substrates such as a ACOTHANE DW coating to provide full protection and increased longevity of water storage tanks.
  • Cost-effective alternative – Tank lining is considerably less costly than a full on tank replacement. If you were to replace a GRP tank for example, then you will need to pay for all the labour and building supplies required to install the water storage unit which can soon rack up in expenses. 
  • Less downtime of water supply – There will be no need for your water supply to come to a halt as tank relining is considerably quicker than a tank replacement service.
  • Full compliance with the UK regulations – With tank lining, you can avoid hefty environmental fines and will prevent water contamination on your premises. 
  • Control of micro-aquatic bacteria – Corrosion and deterioration of water tanks can result in holes that lead to micro aquatic bacterial growth such as Legionella. By opting for a water tank lining, the water system can resist the growth of harmful bacteria quickly and efficiently so that you can continue with your day-to-day operation in full confidence. 

Water Tank Replacement – Pros

Before opting for this solution, tank lining companies like COVAC will typically conduct a thorough onsite survey to assess your water tanks current situation. If possible, they will always advise a relining/repair service however, if it is beyond repair, then a replacement will be instigated. The benefits of a water tank replacement can be found listed below:

  • Reduce utility bills – An older water tank can naturally take longer to supply water effectively to your desired location. This puts a great strain on the apparatus forcing it to work harder without significant reward and will ultimately cost you more in water bills. By opting for a full water tank replacement, you can improve the efficiency and will ensure your premises is well supplied with water. 
  • Save space – With upgrades in technology, the size of modern water tanks has significantly reduced over the years and they no longer take up as much space as they once did. This means you can have more area to work with when you decide to erect a new water storage system should you require it. 
  • Temp water mains supply – To limit downtime, some tank replacement businesses will ensure the continuity of your water supply by providing a temporary water system. They will install a temporary mains ahead of the replacement process so you can continue to work in confidence without fear of your water supply coming to a sudden stop.

Water Tank Reline vs Replacement

Now, the all important question. “What is better, water tank relining or water tank replacement?” Well, here at COVAC, we think it’s a no brainer. Water tank lining is always the go-to option purely for the cost savings benefits customers will experience and, more often than not, it is a perfectly suitable solution to fix your water storage tanks problems.

We would just like to make the point however that a tank replacement is usually preferred when there has been severe, physical damage to the equipment or it has been seriously neglected for numerous years. Only then do we recommend a full on replacement procedure.

Here at COVAC

At COVAC, we meet the necessary regulations set out by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) and HSE. Our services from start to finish are effectively project managed and we ensure that communication throughout is transparent and up to your standards. No matter the issue, the water storage tank services we offer can guarantee you complete peace of mind.

Our repair service comes with a 10-year guarantee and is carried out by our certified and fully trained staff, so you can rest assured you are receiving the best service possible. If you would like to find out more information about our services, why not contact us or enquire for a quote today.