Decommissioning the Sauna Water Tanks

So the notion of keeping our fresh water pumped into tanks in the loft of the sauna met cold, hard reality early on in our adventures here. We rapidly realized that keeping the sauna (or at least the tanks) from freezing in winter was a losing prospect. As such, for the first year or two we simply hauled water from Donna’s parents next door, or worked feverishly hard to keep the water line open for pumping from the well far, far from the cabin.

After migrating to an indoor tank in the cabin and putting in an entirely new well, closer the to cabin, all has been “well” (did you see what I did there?). The sauna tanks have been just pressed into service during the summer months to supply water for when we actually use the sauna.

As such, I was looking for something in the loft of the sauna and decided while I was up there, I may as well remove them and start thinking of that space as a loft for when we ultimately turn the sauna into a guest cabin.

Due to the dust up there, I opted to wear a mask – we’re all getting use to wearing them to help cut down the spread of COVID, so it was no big deal.

Draining some funky water!
And starting to remove the bung and plumbing.

I offered the tanks to our friends the C! family – but only if they sincerely wanted and could use them. Luckily they did want to assemble their own gravity fed water system and even more fortunately, I was installing a fire number nearby, so I even hand delivered them. Otherwise, I wouldn’t hesitate to take them to a thrift store or Habitat for Humanity.

Much nicer to just have empty space!

Now the sauna well is simply hooked directly to the tap. Much nicer and less fuss, and most importantly we’re not using that space to store something unused and unwanted!

You can see the iron stains on the left edges of the tanks that were facing down while installed.

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