Collecting water in rain barrels is a good way to get water you need for many things around the home. The best way to start collecting water is with improvements to your gutter, which will need to be more than just connecting a barrel to the downspout. Here are some of the gutter improvements that will help you make the most of rain collection systems:
1. Increase the Capacity of Your Rain Collection System
The capacity of rain collection systems can be improved in several ways. If you want to collect more water, installing wider gutters will increase the amount of water going to barrels. For storing the water, consider larger water storage tanks, rather than just simple barrels. You can also install barrels in series. Installing some barrels for use in the front of your home and some in the backyard will allow you to access water easily around your property without the need for pumps.
2. Add Simple Filtering Solutions for Cleaner Water and No Insects
There are a lot of problems that come from dirt and debris getting into rain barrels; insects may even lay larvae in the water. To prevent problems with insects and contamination of water, filtration needs to be installed on the gutters and on the barrels themselves. In addition, make sure that any openings have screens on them to keep insects out of the water. Simple filtration systems will help keep the water clean and reduce any odors that come from standing water.
3. Add More Useful Features with Faucets, Plumbing and Pumps
If you want to get the most out of your rain collection system, then there are many features that can be added. Rather than just have a faucet on a barrel, have pipe installed with convenient faucets. You can run pipes along exterior walls to provide water in different areas. To get the water through pipes, barrels will need to be higher than the faucet for gravity to do the work. If you cannot install collection barrels at a higher location than the faucets, consider using small pumps to give pipes water pressure. Using a pond pump and a small solar panel is a great way to make this system energy efficient.
These are some of the things you can do to make the most out of rain water collection with gutter improvements and a few rain barrels. Contact a gutter service such as Rocky Mountain Roofers & Gutters and talk with them about helping add a rain barrel system to your gutters.