Sep 2019 BENEFITS OF CONCRETE TANKS
From rain water harvesting, to septic tanks and even wine making tanks, Sephaku Cement explores the benefits of using concrete tanks in place of plastic, stainless steel and other more frequently used storage materials.
Precast Concrete Water Tanks
With the ongoing threat of global warming and the apparent change in rainfall patterns, more and more households, schools and places of business are harvesting rain water in efforts to alleviate pressure placed on fresh water supplies. While the typical go-to solution sees the installation of plastic water tanks, concrete tanks offer an excellent eco-friendly alternative. Cost effective, long lasting and requiring little to no maintenance, sinking a precast concrete water tank under your driveway or in your garden means no unsightly views of ugly plastic tanks, while also serving as an effective solution in the catchment and harvesting of rainwater. Further to the obvious benefits, concrete water tanks are also able to keep stored water both germ and algae free, where filter screens need only be changed every two to three months. Offering an efficient, environmentally friendly and durable solution to the ongoing need to harvest rain water, concrete water tanks can be installed in various precast shapes and sizes, custom fit to suit your specific installation needs.
Concrete Wine Tanks
From barrels and butts to tanks, surely concrete would be the last type of material one would assume to find being used as a fermentation vessel in the production of wine. Think again. What started with wood barrels or clay amphorae and later evolved to stainless steel, egg shaped concrete wine barrels have begun to debut as the latest technique used to influence the flavour and fermentation process of up and coming South African wines.
Claimed to have celestial energy coupled with their ability to induce a natural convection, egg-shaped concrete wine barrels are attracting the attention of local South African wine makers. Not only do concrete wine tanks have a positive influence on the flavour of the wine, but given the porous and somewhat “breathable” nature of cement based, concrete wine tanks are excellent at incorporating micro-oxygenation during the fermentation process of wine production. With a longer life expectancy to that of wooden barrels, the fermentation process that occurs in concrete wine tanks has also been said to produce a smoother more well-rounded flavour in boutique wines.
Concrete Septic Tanks
Durable, built to last and virtually impenetrable, concrete septic tanks offer an effective solution in the storage of waste and grey water runoff. Because of its strength, concrete septic tanks are less likely to become compromised as a result of wear and tear or exposure to UV damage and therefore reduce the risk of contamination to ground water supplies and other fresh water sources. Superior at self-containment compared to plastic, fibre glass of steel tanks, concrete sceptic tanks will not rust, lose strength or erode regardless of the wasted matter it holds.
While there are a number of alternative materials used in both water harvesting, wine making and waste storage, where some may argue that these options are sold at a more cost effective rate, taking into consideration the lasting durability and low to no maintenance needs, concrete tanks will remain uncompromised for years beyond their counterparts.