Home Rainwater Collection
Considering a Rain Barrell?
Home rainwater collection systems are a smart investment. Rain barrells not only save on water bills but can also be very eco-friendly for green living. Rain barrells can also be lifesaver as disaster emergency preparedness supplies and promote sustainable living.
While the earlier versions of a rain barrell were not particularly attractive, the rain barrell model shown here is beautiful!
There are several models of home rainwater collection systems available in various sizes and prices reviewed here including wood grain rain barrells, plastic, portable, urns. You can even find rain barrells cheap as well as diy rain barrell kits.
The rain barrell pictured here is an urn style by Algreen Cascada that holds 50 gallons of water which can supplement your current water supply.
EDIT: I've now owned these rain barrells over 5 years and they are quite durable, still in great condition. My only issue was with the hoses, especially those placed in full sun. After a few years the hoses deteriorated from exposure to direct sun, while those in shade are still functional. So if you want to place your rain barrel where it gets full sun, either expect to replace hoses now and then or else find a Plan B replacement that won't rot.
* photo by CrossCreations
VERY Attractive Rain Barrell
Neighbors might think your rain barrel is a large planter pot or urn, and it IS!
This rain barrell is so gorgeous, I've even had people knock at my door to ask where in the world I found it! The aesthetic elegance of ceramics is timeless and very attractive. The terra cotta color matches nicely with most home designs.
There's a shallow bowl in the top large enough to grow a small plant or flowers in, and it does look like a large planter pot or urn. However I just fill mine with moss and silk greenery mixed with fake flowers. The reason for that is this...
There are no drainage holes and even if you drilled some, then you'd have to be concerned about soil getting into the rain barrel water. If you watched it carefully to make sure the moisture stayed consistent you certainly could grow a plant from the top of the barrell, but I have not tried that . Instead I filled mine with strands of fake greenery, in this one there are strands of what was originally a garland. I just cut strips about two feet long each.
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Installing Your Rain Barrel - How to install a rain barrel on existing downspouts...
You'll need to pick up a diverter for your down spout to set up this rain barrell. Usually the flexible plastic type works best.
Cascada Rain Barrell: Durability
This rain barrell is made of durable modern plastic, yet looks like ceramic.
This 65-gallon rain collection system is made from very tough, roto molded plastic. It is light weight, yet will withstand extreme temperatures and will not chip, fade, or crack over time.
Possible Additional Needs:
1) Longer Drain Hose: You might want to replace the drain hose with a longer one. If you only use it to fill a watering can then it is fine, but if you intend to water the garden straight from the rain barrel, then a longer hose is probably wise.
2) Diverter for Down Spout: While you can just cut the down spout an inch or so above where you want the water to flow, as shown in the video - this will leave a space where debris and dirt can get into your rain barrel. *see below
3) Overflow Hose You'll need to eventually install an overflow hose. The system comes with an upper outlet for that, but the hose itself is not included. You do not want to take the chance that the system could overflow right next to the foundation of your home.
Downspout Diverter for Rainbarrel - An optional but important accessory for home rainwater collection systems.
While the Algreen rain barrel water harvesting system is attractive, durable & functional - it is not necessarily complete.
What happens when the rainbarrel is full? Unless emptied it could overflow and cause problems, especially if a lot of water collects near the foundation of your home.
You might also want the option to shut it off during winter months, depending on where you live. It is not recommended to allow water to freeze inside the barrel. When water freezes, it expands so this could damage the barrel. This diverter is the best solution.
For this need, search Amazon for the "Rainreserve Rain Barrel Rain Diverter Kit" which gets installed on the downspout.
Why Buy a Rain Barrell at Amazon?
Reliable + FREE Shipping = A GREAT Deal!
Amazon is reliable and offers NO TAX and FREE SHIPPING!
The exact same model sells for much more elsewhere, yet if you buy one at amazon, then the shipping is FREE! I got mine for $176 at amazon and if you click around there it is still available for that price, a great deal!
Shipping fees will raise the price around $20 each if purchased elsewhere, and that combined with tax will mean paying a lot more for the same exact product.
Algreen Rain Barrels - These Algreen Cascada rain barrels are attractive and durable
This Cascada Algreen rain barrel comes with:
* a 6-foot garden hose with shutoff nozzle
* corrosion-proof screen guard, brass spigot
* crown planter on top.
The system measures 24 X 46 inches and is double-walled for extreme strength. The hose has an attached hook to hang neatly.
This model holds 65 gallons of rainwater.
The Smaller Cascada Algreen Rainbarrell - Smaller Size, Same Incredible Rain Collection System
This model is the same in beauty and function, but a smaller size and price.
The smaller Cascada Algreen rainbarrell model holds 50 gallons of rainwater and is the same terra cotta color but a slightly different shape.
Winterizing Your Rain Barrels
If you live in a climate with frigid temps in the wintertime, make sure your rain barrel stays empty.
Most models of rain barrels will crack and so they need to be emptied and taken inside for the winter, and stored upside down.
However, the unique design of Algreen rain barrels allows them to withstand a cold Canadian winter outdoors. All models of Algreen's rain barrels can be left outside hooked up to the downspout even in frigid winter. However...
Make sure the shut-off at the end of the hose (connected to the bottom of the rain barrel) is left in the open position. This will allow water to drain through, and the rain barrel is not allowed to fill.
Frozen water expands and can warp the rain barrel. So as long as the water drains through the barrel, the Algreen rain barrels can sustain cold temperatures - even as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit.
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