Gutter Accessories

Roll out the Rain Barrel

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Looking for a quick and easy DIY project that will save you some cash and help the Earth? Spend an afternoon installing a rain barrel to collect fresh rainwater to use to water your lawn, wash your car, give your dog a bath, or anything else you’d use water from your outdoor spigot for.

Wondering how much water you’d save? One-quarter inch of rain falling on a 1,000-square-foot roof can result in up to 150 gallons of conserved rainwater. 

Installing a rain barrel is a relatively easy do-it-yourself project. Exact procedures will vary by manufacturer, but keep these general tips in mind:

  • Install the rain barrel at a downspout closest to the area of your yard where you will be using the water.

  • Secure the barrel to keep it from tipping over, and position the overflow hose so it drains excess water away from the foundation of your home.

  • Keep mosquitos away by caulking any gaps and using collected water regularly.

A rain barrel can only collect water if your gutters and downspouts are working well, so make sure yours are in tip-top shape. Clear any debris or clutter that could cause gutters to back up or overflow, then install gutter guards, like Frost King’s Vinyl Snap-In Gutter Screens , to keep gutters from filling up with gunk.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for educational and informational purposes only. Homeowners should always consider safety precautions before starting any home improvement project.  While we strive to offer accurate and helpful advice, Frost King does not assume responsibility for any actions taken based on the information provided or for any consequences resulting therefrom.