Why Use a Rain Barrel

Water conservation is important to preserve our fresh water supply. Other than the possible savings, rain barrels can be used to conserve water, help reduce water bills and reduce pollution by reducing storm water runoff. Rain barrels can be used to save water for plants during dry periods. They can also be arranged to slowly release the collected rain fall to areas that can soak up the water, reducing storm water runoff and increasing groundwater recharge. So now that you have decided to use a rain barrel here is how to use it!

IntallHow to Install Your Rain Barrel

Once you have selected the rain barrel that best fits your needs, you will have to prepare your home to utilize this system. The best location for a rain barrel is a level ground near a gutter's downspout. If you do not have very level ground, rain barrel stands are available. The design of your rain barrel will determine how the downspout will feed water into the barrel. For example, some rain catchment systems are positioned just underneath the downspout. This feature requires that the downspout to be shortened enough for the barrel to fit below. Others have connector-ports available to attach the downspout directly into the barrel. Every rain barrel will have an overflow spout that you will need to position away from the foundation to protect against damage. Once the rain barrel is positioned correctly, connect your spigot or garden hose to the barrel for easy access to the newly gathered water.

TwoBarrelsHow to Connect Multiple Barrels

If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain or you are preparing to conserve a lot of water then you may need multiple rain barrels. When a rain barrel becomes full, the overflowing water needs somewhere to go and rather than letting it empty out of the barrel you can have it empty into a second barrel. Rain barrels have an overflow spout already installed and can connect two together, simply use a plastic hose or pipe to connect the overflow spouts. Position the second barrel slightly lower than the first to take advantage of the Earth’s gravity to aid your rain-harvesting. There is no limit to how many rain barrels you can link together to gather your rain water for eco-friendly usage.

HoseHow to Use Your Rain Barrel Efficiently

The most popular use for rain barrels is to water a garden or yard. Homeowner can attach a spigot to the rain barrel to fill a watering can or attach a simple garden hose to start feeding their plants with the pure rain water. The flow of the water will be based on gravity, if your rain barrel is not producing enough water pressure you may want to use a rain barrel stand or pump. These water pumps enable its users to utilize the rain water more efficiently around their home. Check out our selection of pumps.

DiverterHow to Use a Diverter

A downspout diverter makes it easy to direct rainwater right into your rain barrel. A diverter will allow all or just some water into the rain barrel and once the barrel is full the rest of the water will flow down your downspout. There are different types of diverters that can be used and many of them have filters to keep debris from building up and out of your water. Check out our selection of diverters.