Summer shower in the country is an indispensable building. He not only adds a bit of comfort, but also gives the opportunity to refresh yourself in hot weather or to put himself in order after working in the garden. Especially since it is quite easy to build it, the main thing is to decide on which tank to choose for a summer shower.
Criteria for selection of tanks
Determining with what to choose a tank, you need to consider three of its main characteristics:
When choosing tanks for the shower, be sure to determine their weight. This is a very significant factor, which is reflected in the transportation and installation of the entire structure. First of all, the tank should not be heavy, but its strength and ability to withstand heavy loads from the mass of water should be at the highest level.
The color of the container will directly affect the water temperature. Light shower tanks are not so quickly warmed up and give the opportunity to rinse with cool water. In a black container, water will not only warm up much more quickly, but it will also keep its heat longer.
Pay attention to the shape of the tank will also not be redundant. It can be round, square or rectangular (flat). As for the latter, it is considered the best option, since such a tank for a summer shower is faster and more evenly warmed up, has greater stability and can be attached to a sloping roof, and also can itself be a showerhead roof.
Types of tanks for the summer shower
Now you can choose a container made of different materials. The most popular are:
- metal tank of steel of different types;
- plastic container for the production of which food polyethylene is used;
- flat shower tank made of polymer elastic fabric. It looks like a "pillow" filled with water, and is equipped with two holes, where the water is poured and merged.
Let us consider in more detail the first two types of tanks.
As a rule, they can be made of carbon, galvanized or stainless steel:
- Containers made of carbon steel are distinguished by their strength, durability and low cost. They are usually rectangular flat with a hole on top, where water is poured, with a capacity of 100-200 liters. Their lack - the tendency to corrosion, which is eliminated by coating them with enamel.
- Zinc-coated shower tanks due to the zinc layer are not so prone to corrosion, but in order to enhance the anti-corrosion properties, they should be additionally painted. They are round, square or rectangular with a volume of 40-200 liters, having a service life of up to 10 years.
- The most durable are the containers of stainless steel, to which corrosion is not at all terrible. This steel has a high strength and significantly less weight, because the thickness of the walls of the products is not more than 1 mm, which does not prevent them to withstand a large mass of water. They can be of any shape with a capacity of 40 to 200 liters.
Despite the fact that such containers have different shapes, the most popular among gardeners uses a plastic shower tank plastic flat. This is due to the fact that this capacity is inexpensive and has a low weight, and this is very important for installation. In addition, it is very durable (30-50 years).
The flat shape allows you to quickly and evenly heat the water, and can also serve, in addition to its direct purpose and the roof of the summer shower itself. Polyethylene is UV resistant, environmentally friendly and durable material that is not corroded. The water in such tanks is well preserved and does not bloom. It is poured in buckets or with a pump. The plastic shower tank can be either unheated or with built-in heating elements.
Heated tanks - advantages and disadvantages
The water in the tanks without heating is heated by the sun's rays. This process takes place without the control and participation of the owners. But as in the summer there are cloudy days, and many go to the cottage in the spring and autumn, some dacha owners need to always have warm water in the shower.
This possibility is provided by heated shower tanks. They have built-in heating elements, thanks to which the water is heated to the desired temperature, and control the degree of heating allows the installed in the tanks thermostats and temperature sensors.
Along with the advantages of these tanks have some drawbacks:
- the need for electricity and the closest location of the power grid;
- connection to the central water supply or the use of a pump for the timely supply of water;
- observe the filling of the tank with water, because the tenans must be in it constantly, so as not to burn out;
- equipping the tank with a device showing the water level.
That's why such tanks are not suitable for those who do not have electricity at the dacha, and it is impossible to provide the necessary water pressure at all times.
Buck with your own hands
If you have some skills, then an elementary shower tank can be made on your own, using improvised materials.
The simplest version of such a tank can be any barrel that you have on the site. It's worth it to fix it, and also to install a hole with thread for the tap, and the tank is ready.
If you have sheet iron, which is usually present in each dacha, then the tank can be welded from it. Naturally, this will require some effort, but you will save on the purchase of a ready-made tank.
Under the tank can be adapted and a conventional plastic container for storing water.
As you can see, there are many options. If you are interested in arranging a summer shower at your dacha, then for sure you will choose the one that suits your idea of comfort, as well as tastes and financial opportunities.