As a homeowner, it’s easy to forget about the importance of a functioning water tank until a problem with the water pressure occurs. At Ackerson Pump Company of Sussex County, we know that while a water tank may not be in the forefront of your mind, it’s a crucial aspect to your home’s water supply and should not be ignored. Here are some of the frequently asked questions we receive about water tanks so you can understand their functionality better.

1) What is the purpose of a water tank?

A water tank has two main functions: prevent water pump damage and provide water storage. The tank provides water pressure to avoid rapid cycling of the water pump. Known as “short cycling,” this ultimately damages the equipment over time, so consistent water pressure prevents the issue. Another key feature of a tank is to store water when the supply capacity of the well is limited. Water storage in the tank ensures that homeowners always have water during periods of high usage and will slowly refill during periods of off-use.

2) How does a water tank work?

When the water is turned on at a fixture in the building, compressed air in the water tank acts like a spring. The combination of the pressure and the water pump helps push water into the building’s piping, sending it through to the plumbing fixtures. If one fixture is running, the pump may turn on and off several times to conserve water. If the water flow is needed for multiple fixtures, then the pump may run continuously.

3) Why is air needed in a water tank?

One of the water tank services we provide is air charging the tank. Air is needed in the tank to serve as a cushion or spring to create a smooth delivery of the water as the pump cycles on and off. Essentially, air pressure handles the consistency of the water flow.

Serving Sussex County, we at Ackerson Pump Company can answer your questions concerning issues with your water tank. We recommend that you should be regularly servicing your water tank every two to three years. Whether you need a new part or a whole new tank, we are ready to help. Contact us at (973) 827-6088 to schedule your appointment!

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