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How to Start Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting is an environmentally friendly practice that involves collecting and storing rainwater for later use. Harvesting rainwater can help you reduce your water bills, conserve water resources, and minimize the impact of urbanization on our environment. This practice has become increasingly popular for homes across Puget Sound. They are easy for roofing companies to work around and are a great addition to your home. Let’s talk more about how to start your system.

Identify Your Needs

Before starting to harvest rainwater, we recommend you take some time to understand your water needs. You’ll want to know how much water you use daily, and where you use it. If you want to use rainwater for watering your plants, you may need less storage space than if you plan to use it for laundry or flushing toilets. Calculating your water needs will help you determine the size of the storage tank you need.

Location, Location, Location

Choosing the right location is crucial for effective rainwater harvesting. Look for an area on your property that gets maximum rainfall and is easily accessible. A location close to your garden or water-dependent appliances can help you save water transportation costs.

Install your System

There are several types of rainwater collection systems to choose from, including:

  • Roof gutters and downspouts: This is the most common and straightforward method of rainwater harvesting. Install gutters on your roof and place downspouts to direct the water into storage tanks.

  • Rain barrels: These are small, portable containers that can be placed under the downspout to collect water. They are ideal for small-scale rainwater harvesting, such as watering plants.

  • In-ground cisterns: These are larger underground tanks that can store a significant amount of rainwater. They are ideal for those who want to use rainwater for household purposes.

  • Above-ground cisterns: These are similar to in-ground cisterns but are placed above the ground. They are easier to install and maintain but may take up more space.

Choose the type of system that best suits your needs and budget.

Don’t Forget About Maintenance

Regular maintenance is crucial to ensure the efficient functioning of your rainwater harvesting system. If you have a roof gutter system, be sure to clean your gutters and downspouts regularly to prevent clogging. And install a filter to prevent debris from entering your storage tank.

You will also need to keep the storage tank clean and covered to prevent contamination. Inspect your system regularly for leaks or damages.

How to Use Your Collection

Rainwater harvesting is a great way to conserve water, but it is essential to use it wisely. Here are some great ways to use your rainwater:

  • Water your garden and plants: Use harvested rainwater to water your plants and garden. It is free from chemicals, making it healthier for your plants.

  • Wash your car: Use harvested rainwater to wash your car. It can save you a considerable amount of money on your water bills.

  • Flushing toilets: You can use harvested rainwater to flush your toilets, which can save a significant amount of water.

  • Laundry: You can also use harvested rainwater for washing clothes, which can help you reduce your water bills.

Rainwater harvesting is a relatively simple and effective way to conserve water and reduce your water bills. With a little effort, you can set up a rainwater harvesting system that can benefit you and the environment. If you have any questions about installing a system and need help getting started. Give us a call and we will connect you with a professional.

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