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How to Use Gutters to Harvest Rainwater

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How to use gutters to harvest rainwater

Harvesting rainwater is an excellent way to utilize a renewable resource that can be used for various applications around your home, from laundry and dishes to bathing and gardening. If you plan to harvest rainwater for your home, there are several tasks to perform to ensure the best possible results. At Tristar Gutters, we know that an effective rainwater harvesting system starts with high-quality gutter systems and proper preparation. That is why our team has provided some information to help you understand how to use gutters to harvest rainwater and achieve the best results.

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4 Tips to Help You Harvest Rainwater with Your Gutters

To ensure the best results for your rainwater harvesting efforts, consider the following tips:

1. Research Local Rainwater Collection Laws

Rainwater collection laws can vary from city to city; however, most will have at least some form of restrictions or regulations in place. Research your local laws regarding rainwater harvesting before setting up a harvesting system. If you are looking to collect large quantities of rainwater, you may also need to obtain a permit first.

2. Calculate Your Average Rainfall and Measure Your Roof

Before setting up your harvesting system, you will need to calculate the average volume of rain you receive over time. This volume can be measured using a rain gauge and will directly influence the number of rain barrels or water tanks that need to be installed in the collection system. You can also measure your roof and use these dimensions with an online rainwater harvest calculator to calculate the amount of water you will collect throughout the year.

3. Keep Your Gutters Clean

If leaves, dirt, and other debris enter your gutter system, they can quickly end up in your water barrel and contaminate your water supply. That is why it is crucial to keep your gutters clear of debris through regular cleaning. Installing a leaf screen or a LeafProTM gutter system can also keep this debris out of your gutters, reducing cleaning requirements and keeping your water clean.

4. Protect Your Water Barrel

Water barrels should be stored on a small platform made from a layer of cinder blocks to prevent them from directly contacting the ground as this will prevent water from spreading into your home’s foundation. In addition to elevation, rainwater barrels should be covered to prevent debris from ending up in the water supply. Filters should also be installed to further protect against debris. A great option is an aluminum filter with a fine mesh screen as it will keep mosquitoes from gaining access to the rainwater harvesting system while blocking dirt and other small particulates.

To learn more about rainwater harvesting or to inquire about our gutter installation services, get in touch with the team at Tristar Gutters. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our products or services.