Rain collection is something that can be easily added to the gutters on your home, but simple rain barrels may have limited functionality and uses. When you have new gutter systems installed on your home, you want to consider features like filtering, storage, and water pressure to make water from rain collection a reliable resource. The following tips will help you get more from your gutter systems by improving rain collection for a reliable water resource:
1. Choose Gutter Styles With More Capacity to Collect Rain Runoff
If you have gutters on your home that are just use for redirecting runoff, the canals probably have a minimal capacity for redirecting the water. It is important to choose a wider gutter that can carry more water to the collection tanks. Choose larger gutter styles to increase the water capacity of your gutters and get more resources for your rain collection efforts.
2. Remove the Roof Debris With Prefiltration Solutions on Your Gutters
One of the problems with rain barrels that are just attached to gutter downspouts is that they get all sorts of debris from your roof washed into them. This problem can easily be solved by filtering out the debris before it goes into the tanks. Screens can be added to the downspouts and prefiltering systems installed to remove large particles from the water before it goes into the storage tanks.
3. Storage Solutions and Getting Water Pressure From Your Rain Collection
There are many different types of storage tanks that can be used for rain collection systems. If you are just using the water for outdoor uses like irrigation, you can use any type of storage system. If you are going to be using the water for uses that include potable water for your home, then you want to make sure to use storage tanks that are approved for potable water storage and treatments that need to be added to the water. In addition, tanks will need to have some type of pump or be higher gravity systems to provide water pressure for any type of plumbing that you plan on adding to the system.
4. Treating and Filtering Water for More Uses Inside and Outside Of Your Home
Rainwater needs to be kept clean to prevent problems with insects, bacteria, and organisms growing in the water. Occasionally, add a treatment to the water to keep it clean. If you are planning on using the water for potable water, install a purification system to ensure that the water used in your home is clean.
These are some tips to help you get reliable water resources from your new gutter systems. If you are ready to add gutters and water collection to your home, contact a gutter service like Clinton Seamless Guttering and talk to them about these improvements to get more from your investment.