4 Tips for Cleaning a Stock Tank

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A stock tank is used to provide fresh and clean water to cattle, horses, and other livestock 24 hours a day. Stock animals need to have access to fresh water all day to remain healthy. Without such a tank, the health of these animals would suffer.

Unfortunately, many farm owners struggle to keep their stock tanks healthy. Because they are filled with water and out in the open all the time, the tanks are liable to get dirty frequently. But there are some tricks you can utilize in order to keep your tank fresh and clean.

1. Drain the Stock Tank

Before you can clean the stock tank, you need to take out all the water that is in it. Do this by pulling the drain plug out and setting it aside in a safe location. Any debris, dirt, rust or algae that have accumulated may be loosened up with a stiff bristled brush.

2. Clean the Stock Tank

After you have drained the stock tank, make a mixture of bleach and warm water. This is an effective solution for making a thorough cleaning of your tank. A stiff brush or a clean cloth may be used in scrubbing the inside portion of the stock tank. If there is a lot of dirt and debris that have accumulated inside, you may have to do several cleanings before you can remove all of them. The longer it has been since you have drained and cleaned your stock tank, the more effort you will have to exert.

If the stock tank is muddy, you will have to let the cleaning solution sit in the tank for a few minutes before wiping it off. Spray the side and bottom parts of the tank with a water hose to clear out mud. Several cleaning and spraying may be needed before your tank will be completely clean.

3. Keep the Stock Tank Free of Mud

To minimize the mud and dirt that a stock tank accumulates, take a look at the area where it is located. If water tends to accumulate thereafter raining hard, it will defeat your purpose of keeping the tank clean. Before cleaning then, move your tank to a drier place. To elevate the stock tank higher off the ground, put a block of concrete or woodblock under all of its corners. However, you should ensure that the stock tank is level even if it is elevated off the ground. You can do this by making use of a level.

4. Keep the Tank Clean

Once you are done cleaning, put the drain plug back and fill it with clean and freshwater. Keep an eye on the water level as it rises up to ensure that the tank is level. Once it has been filled to capacity, make sure to inspect it on a daily basis. To remove leaves and debris that gets on the water, use a water skimmer. One that has been designed for a swimming pool would be best. A daily cleaning will ensure that no dirt and debris will accumulate in the tank over time.