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What Do Roof Tanks Do?

Last updated 4 years ago

Roof tanks are ubiquitous throughout New York City. Look up during a walk through any part of the city and chances are you will see a number of high-rise buildings with large tanks on their roofs. While many passersby simply assume that the roof tanks have been rendered obsolete and are simply maintained for historical reasons, this could not be further form the truth. Roof tanks remain functional on a number of buildings throughout the city. Here is some information that will help you understand the role and importance of roof tanks.  

What Are Roof Tanks?

As the name suggests, roof tanks are essentially giant water tanks located on the top of buildings. They are generally made out of wood, though some are also made out of steel. Although roof tanks also come in every size, the average wood tank holds 10,000 gallons of water. Although wooden tanks can last up to 35 years, even newer tanks have a distinctive appearance. This is due to the fact that preventing water contamination requires that the wood not be treated chemically.

What Are Roof Tanks Used For?

The appeal of roof tanks lies in the fact that they rely only on gravity to distribute water. As the water falls from the roof tank, its natural pressure is sufficient to supply water for domestic use. Because water is supplied to buildings via the basement, however, most buildings use a pump to fill up their tanks as the water is consumed.

Roof tanks will remain an iconic component of the New York skyline. If you want to learn more about the role played by roof tanks today, call Capitol Fire Sprinkler at (718) 557-5701. Capitol Fire Sprinkler is a third generation, family-owned business that provides fire sprinkler installations and inspections throughout NYC. 


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