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Monday
Mar302015

Save your plants while you are on holidays

We are coming up to a couple of public holidays, and I know a lot of people take time off to go on holidays around Australia. But don't forget your plants! Here is a short video to help you look after your plants before you head off on a break - and it's a quick and cheap way to keep them looking well.

BUDGET DIVA | How to make a self-watering plant dispenser - YouTubehttp://ow.ly/KX8zb

 

Friday
Jun102011

A very easy way to keep your tank clean...

Rainwater tanks are normally fitted with a strainer that keeps leaf and other matter out of your rain water tank.  Many tanks have this strainer screwed into the top of the tank for safety.

This of course can make it an annoying job to clean out the strainer, as your strainer can quite regularly catch leaves.  Here is a great idea to reduce the time it takes to maintain your water tank and keep your water clean.

The Tank Guardian will sit on top of your existing strainer, and has a nifty little handle so all you need to do occasionally is pick it up, clean it and then put it straight back on top of your tank strainer.  The Tank Guardian is available for 300mm and 400mm tank inlet screens.

Want to see how it works?  Have a look at this short video to see how easy it is.

Friday
May272011

Clean out your gutters now and keep your water clean

Only a couple days until we hit Winter, and before the really cold and rainy season gets serious, it's a good idea to get your gutters cleaned out.  It's one of the more annoying things when you are sitting in your nice warm house and looking out while it is bucketing down, and then you notice that water is overflowing from your gutters because they are blocked.  Not much fun to go out and get wet and fix it then, so now is the time to schedule a quick check and clean of your gutters.

You can get gutter cleaning scoops quite cheaply from your local hardware, which makes it quite easy to clean out your gutters.  Make sure you take a bucket up with you as well, to put the leaf matter in.  This is great for your garden or compost, so don't throw it in the bin.

Be careful where you put your ladder, usually around your home there can be uneven spots where it can be dangerous to rest your ladder, make sure your ladder is solidly grounded, and if not, try and get a helper to stabilise your ladder while cleaning.

If you clean out your gutters regularly, if you have a water tank, it means that the water going into your tank will be MUCH cleaner.  This means that you will not have to clean out your tank as often.

It can also save you money to have clean gutters.  If you don't clean regularly, the guttering can get damaged or bent.  If your guttering is not working the way it should, water can be going where you don't want it, and can damage your roof, and can undermine pavers and other landscaping features. 

If you don't want to clean your gutters yourself, there are many companies that can do this for you, just do a quick search in your local area. 

Friday
May132011

Part 4 – Do I need a pump with my water tank?

Here is the last video in the series we have been featuring from the Institute for Sustainable Futures and the Dusseldorp Skills Forum.  This video covers the final information that you need to consider when hooking up your water tank to your house and garden.  Do you need a pump?  What about a mains top-up system? 

All this and more is covered in this short video.

 

 

WaterStore provide a full range of Orange, Onga and Bianco pumps, including the Bianco RainSaver and the Onga Water Switch.  Please give us a call if you would like some free advice as to which system would suit your house the best.

Friday
May062011

Part 3 – What type and size water tank should you choose?

Today we are featuring a short video from the Institute for Sustainable Futures and the Dusseldorp Skills Forum about the different tank types available, installation considerations, sizing, mosquito protection and overflows.

There is a huge range of choices available when choosing your water tanks, and some water tanks suit some areas and requirements better than others.  If you are short on space, the handy slimline tanks can fit in small spaces, or you may want to install a bladder tank or underground tank.  If you have room, poly tanks are a cost effective way to go, and if you need large amounts of water storage, built on site steel water tanks may be the answer.

The following video gives a quick run down on the varying types of tanks you can choose from, and other handy hints.

 

 

WaterStore provide a full range water tanks for you to choose from.  We make the ever popular polyethylene or “poly” water tank here on site.  We also sell large steel built on site water tanks, and bladder tanks suitable to go under your house or deck.  Please give us a call if you would like some free advice as to which water tank would suit your house the best.

Next week we will feature the final part in this video series, which will look at the getting the water out of your tanks and into your home.