Owning a concrete stock trough is not an easy task as you have to take utmost care of it and maintain it to keep in top-notch condition. If you are failed to do so, then it will result in some difficulties and problems in your concrete stock troughs.
Time to time maintenance and evaluation of the trough’s condition is very essential. Deteriorated water troughs can affect your livestock and hamper their health, too. After the evaluation, you will come across some problems.
Algae and tank leakage are two of the most common problems faced by the owners. Well, now the big question arises; how can you repair them and get rid of them?
How to get rid of algae from the concrete stock troughs?
During the hot summer, algae can become a real problem for you. Some of the spices are toxic and can affect the health of your animals. However, most of them are unattractive irritants and you can use the below given method to get rid of it.
Things you will need:
- Warm water
- ● Measuring spoons
- Copper sulphate crystals
- Unscented bleach
With the help of hot water and scrubbing brush, clean the trough meticulously. Getting rid of algae completely will keep it from reappearing in near future and keep the water clean for your livestock.
Now, add 2 to 3 ounces of unscented bleach into the trough and keep the measurement as per 3 spoons for 50 gallons of water. Dissolve the copper crystals in the hot water and pour it into the trough. Repeat the applications and cleaning until all the algae are gone.
Reapply the bleach once a week and make sure you apply crystals every two to four weeks. Keep doing this until the growth of algae is stopped.
If you want clear and pure water, perform these steps every couple of months.
Method to repair water tank leakage:
It is a very common problem and can happen now and then. It can be a tedious job to call a professional for it. So, follow these steps to repair it by yourself.
- The foremost step is to measure the tank you are repairing. You need to measure the circumference and depth of the tank to get rid of the leakage.
- Before you start repairing the tank, make sure you empty and clean it thoroughly. Drain the water and look for any crack or dirt.
- Once it is dry, apply the concrete binding agent into the cracks and minor areas. Make sure you cover the inner side of the tank.
- Make the solution you are going to apply on the tank walls. Ensure that it is moist and has dirt-like consistency.
- After making the solution, apply it in the cracks. Use a trowel and press the cement into the cracks properly.
- If your tank is going to be filled with the water then coat the exterior well. Press on the liner until it adheres completely to the concrete.
These are the most common problems faced by people who own concrete troughs. These are the simple steps you can implement to get rid of these problems.