Find out how living next to water towers can affect you and your house’s value.
If you’re living next to water towers, you may encounter various dangers/issues such as hygiene issues, the possibility of the tower falling, constant noise, construction work, and insurance problems.
Moreover, living next to water towers may also affect your property’s value. This is because many potential buyers may not want to be under the constant risk and dangers of living next to water towers.
So, to help you understand the dangers of living next to water towers, this article will cover every probable circumstance. I’ll also help you understand how water towers can affect the property’s value.
If you have currently liked a property that is right near to water towers, then it becomes necessary for you to know the risks. Or, if you currently own a property next to water towers, you may also face the below-mentioned dangers:
One of the biggest dangers of living next to water towers is that due to the excess weight and height, they may fall. Now, even though the chances are less, but in the case of any natural calamities, like hurricanes or floods, you may have to become extra cautious.
Moreover, did you know that water towers may weigh around 8.34 million pounds, excluding the tank’s weight? This much weight is enough to put your house in grave danger. If that’s not enough, these towers are at least 50 to 60 meters tall. This also increases the risk factor.
So, in case the water tower falls, it can partially or entirely damage your house. Apart from your house, it may also become hazardous for you and your family.
Hence, this is one of the biggest dangers of living right next to water towers.
Yes, living next to water towers may also cause hygiene issues. Do you know why? It is because the water towers, especially the ones that aren’t treated regularly, become the breeding ground of harmful bacteria and fungi.
So, even though, the bacteria and other germs are growing in the water tank, the overall environment still becomes unhealthier than in other neighborhoods.
Additionally, sometimes, if the water towers are way too dirty and aren’t cleaned enough, they may also give out a foul odor. This can become extremely concerning for homeowners who live right next to water towers.
So, you can say that there are some hygiene-related issues too when you live next to water towers.
Noise problems aren’t a huge danger if you’re living next to a water tower but they can surely cause irritation.
Usually, water towers don’t make any noise as such. However, in certain cases, you may encounter something known as ‘pump noises’. These pump noises may come up due to various reasons, such as the presence of a pump station near your house.
Moreover, these noises are also more common during the evening time. Thus, they can affect your leisure time.
So, in order to avoid this, consider visiting the property near the water towers once, in the evening. If you don’t hear any noises, then it is definitely a good thing. If you do, then it may cause a nuisance in your lifestyle.
Apart from pump noises, some other noises may include alarms that are installed to keep out those causing vandalism. They may also get disturbing in the rarest of the rare times. You may also hear the continuous ‘throbbing’ noise of water during the recharge time (i.e. night).
There is always a chance that the water towers encounter faulty construction issues. Hence, to rectify them, construction work would take place.
Again, keep in mind, that it isn’t necessary that you will face this trouble. However, if you live next to any tower, be it a water tower or an electricity tower, you should always be ready for sudden construction.
The constant construction may lead to noise production. It may also lead to blockage of roads in certain instances that can hamper your living experience.
Lastly, let’s move back to point number one. What happens if a water tower falls on your property and damages it? Would you be able to claim insurance for the damages easily?
The answer is mostly, no. If a property collapses, then insurance companies would have to reimburse a huge amount. Hence, in this scenario, you may not be able to claim insurance easily. This can certainly cause huge financial damage to you.
Now, let’s talk about whether or not water towers affect the property’s value. The answer is a bit vague currently.
It is because there were some researches done on the cell tower, in the UK, that showed that the property near to cell towers had a price drop by 10%. On the other hand, research carried out in Florida didn’t show any significant changes in property values.
Hence, you can say that eventually, the decision is up to the appraisers and buyers. Sometimes, if a water tower is far enough, it won’t affect the property’s value.
Moreover, there are come buyer-related factors too that can affect the property’s value. For instance, whether the buyer wants to have aesthetic surroundings or no neighbors, etc.
If you are already living next to water towers, then there are some ways to minimize the risks and dangers.
First of all, ask your home insurance company whether they’d offer reimbursement if the property collapses. If they don’t, try contacting other insurance companies to know more.
As for hygiene and noise-related issues, you can always consider calling up your city’s service center. They may help in sorting out this issue as soon as possible.
Properties near water towers do have to face certain dangers and issues. Yet, they are solvable in most cases.
As for the property value, there’s no hard and fast rule that says that properties near water towers have less value. This completely depends on the appraisers and buyers.