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african coloner
#1 Posted : Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:45:41 PM
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My rectangular underground water tank keep on leaking after recent resealing, the guy advised me that i should have constructed it circular, i am thinking of redoing it again but the cost is putting me off, anybody with this kind of experience before?
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#2 Posted : Thursday, May 24, 2012 11:24:50 PM
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The shape does not really matter provided it is designed to take the pressures it will be subjected to. i.e soil pressure when empty and water pressure when full and outside is not backfilled. Nway, Is it in reinforced concrete or in Masonry blocks? was it waterproofed during construction? water retaining structures need to be waterproofed. There are various specialists dealing with waterproofing. e.g Mau West http://mauwest.co.ke/contact%20us.html, they have various products and will even advise you on which one to use given what ur tank is constructed of.
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#3 Posted : Friday, May 25, 2012 2:46:12 AM
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#4 Posted : Friday, May 25, 2012 7:22:59 AM
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Mosby wrote:
The shape does not really matter provided it is designed to take the pressures it will be subjected to. i.e soil pressure when empty and water pressure when full and outside is not backfilled. Nway, Is it in reinforced concrete or in Masonry blocks? was it waterproofed during construction? water retaining structures need to be waterproofed. There are various specialists dealing with waterproofing. e.g Mau West http://mauwest.co.ke/contact%20us.html, they have various products and will even advise you on which one to use given what ur tank is constructed of.


It is always advisable to waterproof anything underground including septic tanks. I went to some place 2wks ago and found some septic full of water which interestingly I was made to understand was sipping through from the water table. It can get messy.
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#5 Posted : Friday, May 25, 2012 8:42:15 PM
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@ african Coloner,

Give me your email i link you up with a fundi who did my two tanks, both semi-underground,and have not had any problem. The fundis who did them used such a simple technology- machine cut stones, no water proofing-, until u doubted them but they gave me such a good guarantee. One of my tanks is 5 yrs old and the other two yrs and both have no leaks at the moment.

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#6 Posted : Saturday, May 26, 2012 1:25:21 AM
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Interesting am this min discussing underground water tank option with my bro.Kumbe there is a thread. smile
@ Gathige,Kindly send me the fundis contact.Infact I want a supplier to advise on cost,durability and if it will work where I want it to.
arimosa2@gmail.com
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#7 Posted : Saturday, May 26, 2012 12:11:58 PM
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@Afrcan coloner ;-same problem ours is rectangular holds around 30,000 litres and it seems to be loosing water though it was waterproofed,so should the sides and floor be redone again...coz its just a waste of funds.
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#8 Posted : Saturday, May 26, 2012 1:46:57 PM
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@Gathige, please link me up too, luttah@me.com
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african coloner
#9 Posted : Saturday, May 26, 2012 10:49:43 PM
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maka wrote:
@Afrcan coloner ;-same problem ours is rectangular holds around 30,000 litres and it seems to be loosing water though it was waterproofed,so should the sides and floor be redone again...coz its just a waste of funds.


i have done it twice and it continues leaking halfway, i have been advised several times that t should have been done circular.

@gathige, mine is underground with hard stones from naivasha and waterproofed though still leaking
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#10 Posted : Sunday, May 27, 2012 8:33:38 AM
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@Gathige, email nostoppingthis(at)gmail(dot)com
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#11 Posted : Monday, May 28, 2012 9:36:01 AM
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@Gathige, please email martin(dot)mose@gmail.com
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#12 Posted : Monday, May 28, 2012 3:37:04 PM
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mine, i simply used a normal ROTO plastic tank 3,000litres cylindrical , put it underground and cemented the top. has served me for the last 10yrs with no problems of water loss or leakage.
waterproof concreate on the base and sides
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#13 Posted : Monday, May 28, 2012 8:54:45 PM
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To solve the leaking problem,you can use a strong plastic sheeting before laying the machine cut stones.this will solve the problem permanently.If u are interested,I can give you contacts of the manufacturers of the plastic sheeting..Its a bit expensive though....
ocampo
#14 Posted : Tuesday, May 29, 2012 9:42:26 AM
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waterproof
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Gathige
#15 Posted : Tuesday, May 29, 2012 11:44:39 AM
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@ essyk, luttz,nonstoppingthis,mmarto,

I have sent the contact on your email.

All the best

Tim
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mmarto
#16 Posted : Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:41:38 PM
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@Gathige, thx.
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#17 Posted : Tuesday, May 29, 2012 2:03:36 PM
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No need to re-do. let the water kwisha en try using water proof inside. the shape of the tank does not en have never mattered. Am following this closely to learn something new from it!
Allank
#18 Posted : Tuesday, May 29, 2012 8:28:03 PM
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@ Matata I concur the shape does not matter. Had same problems with my square tank and the fundi reinforced the corners with waterproof na simiti kali en the leakage disappeared completely. For those interested you can check out http://www.regaltanks.co.uk/calculator/ to find out how many liters your tank can hold depending on the size selected. E.g a 10x10x10 feet tank will hold aprox 28,000 liters of the precious commodity
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#19 Posted : Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:09:51 AM
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#20 Posted : Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:11:07 AM
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