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Rain Barrel Systems How To – Every Homeowner Should Be Using a Rain Barrel!

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Rain Barrel Systems How To – Every Homeowner Should Be Using a Rain Barrel!

 

 

Rain barrel systems are a great way to save money on your water bill, and help save our Earth's natural resources.
Rain barrels catch rain water from your roof. These barrels can be used to  water your gardens, shrubs, trees, and even your lawn.
The systems are a very cheap DIY project to build on your own. You can also  purchase pre-made systems. Some of the pre-made systems are very  decorative as well. If you live in an area where you have a home owners  association, you may have to clear a rain barrel system first.
A simple 50 gallon food grade barrel with a spout on the bottom is all you need for a rain barrel collection system.
Place the rain barrel under a corner of your roof to catch the most rain  water. You can hook a gutter system to your rain barrel to catch even  more water.
A screen over the top of the barrel will keep out  leaves and other debris. Homes with small children should have some kind of sturdy screen to keep small children from falling in. A screen can  also keep out small animals.
The rain barrels work on a gravity  system to water an area. A soaker hose can be attached near the bottom,  and gravity will do the rest of the work. You can purchase pumps that  will pump the water out of the barrel with enough pressure to run a  sprinkler.
Rainwater irrigation is an excellent choice for  watering vegetables. Rainwater is clean and fresh, and does not contain  chemicals that may be found in city water.
You can store rainwater for long periods of time if it is stored in a dark colored barrel. The  dark barrels do not allow in sunlight, which produces algae.
By  utilizing rain barrels you will be doing your part for the environment  by reducing the use of our natural resources. In some areas of drought,  the perfect option for homeowners is to use rain barrel systems.
    To get started we need to know how to get a rain barrel collection system set up quickly and inexpensively! Setting up a Garden Rain Barrel is so easy anyone can do it with a little guidance.
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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - March 23, 2013, 2:40 pm
We use to have a rain barrel years ago. I thought it was the greatest for washing my hair. Did not even need conditioner when done.
At one time where I use to live there was a cistern that was dug under the kitchen floor about 10 feet deep lined with brick for the storage of rain water.
Rain is primarily soft water.

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