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Rain Barrels

Rain Barrels

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Using a rain barrel is one way you can become more environmentally conscious. When you save rain water, you reduce the amount of usable water you need, which decreases demand for treated water and saves you money. Because the rain barrel catches water that would normally flow to the ground, it also helps the environment by reducing runoff waste water. Storing rain water can also supply you with an alternative water source during dry weather spells. 600 gallons of water will drain off of a regular 1000 square foot roof after only an inch of rain. Rain barrels are a popular way to capture that rain water. You then keep that water from running off into sewers where most of it ends up leeching into lakes, rivers, and streams, contaminating fragile eco-cultures. And this is water that could be used in your gardens, lawn, or most other around-the-house functions. Your plants will enjoy the fresh, additive-free, water supply and you won't have to waste your money on running hoses. Because it's naturally softened and chlorine-free, rain water is healthier for plants than tap water, and it's great for washing vehicles and windows. Order a rain barrel today, and go green. Rainchains In A Nutshell offers a great selection of rain barrels by Good Ideas, Allgreen and Fiskars plus free shipping and hassle free returns.

An easy way to conserve water and money is by using a rain barrel. During summer months, a rain barrel can save up to 1,300 gallons of water. That's a lot of free water! When choosing a rain barrel it's good to keep in mind that UV rays have a harder time penetrating dark colors like dark greens, browns, greys, and blues. These colors are best for large rain barrels because they won't easily support the growth of algae.

Level Surface: Safety first! A flat, level surface for placement of your water barrel is key. A full rain water barrel can weigh in excess of 300 lbs. - you don't want the rain water barrel to tip.

Downspout: Once you position your rain barrel, you will need to remove a section of your gutter downspout to redirect water into your barrel.

Overflow Water: Make sure the overflow valve or pipe in your water barrel is positioned or pointed away from your home's foundation.

Winter Storage: Empty or drain your rain barrel, remove spigot, run-off hose, and drain plug before storing for the winter. When possible store your barrel in a protected/indoor area but if the rain barrel must remain outside turn it upside down and secure it to prevent animal intrusion or water accumulation which can freeze, expand, and potentially crack the barrel wall.

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