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Using Your Gutter System for Rainwater Collection


Rainwater collection is a smart decision. This extra amount of water that comes for free can help you irrigate your garden and plants or use it for any other purposes you see fit. We live in a world affected by climate change. The oscillations in temperature and vapor concentration in the air have an effect on the resources of clean water. Given the fact that population constantly increases the increasing demand for clean water doesn’t hit us as a surprise.

That’s why more and more people are investing in rainwater collection systems. This practice not only cuts down expenses, but helps the environment and preserves the reservoirs of clean water. Both professional and DIY rainwater collection systems have one thing in common – the collection vessel. People usually use barrels, plastic bins, garbage cans, and other convenient items to collect the rain.

Today we’ll be talking about the benefits of a rainwater collection system, which works in tandem with your existing gutters.


How Rainwater Collection Works With a Gutter System

With a few custom tune-ups, your gutter system can become a vital part of a rainwater collection system. Before doing any work on your gutter system, you should get your gutter system checked and decide which type of water collection vessel you want to use. Its height and width are the most important measurements, as they will dictate where the downspout has to be cut and modified.

The rainwater collection vessel needs to be slightly elevated from the ground to improve the flow rate and usability of the collected water. The factors such as the slope and size of your roof and the capacity of the gutter and the number of downspouts will determine the amount of water you will be able to collect.

To prevent any damage to your walls, foundation, and basement, you should plan for overflow. Once your rainwater collection vessel fills with rainwater, it’s best to make it flow away from the house.

Finally, the size of the rainwater collection vessel should depend on your needs.


The Most Important Things To Know

Before you do any work on your own, make sure to consult professionals who have done this sort of work before. It is important to measure the barrel’s height and width and add the elevation value to this measurement for the downspout cut to be perfect.

To connect the rainwater collection vessel with your gutter system, you will either use a diverter, flexible downspout extension, or a custom-made section.

To ensure consistent rainwater flow into the collection vessel you must maintain your gutter system. Dirt and leaves can cause partial or complete clogs, causing the water to overflow from the gutters and never reach the collection vessel.

Bonus tip: There are many different rain barrels and custom-made rainwater collection products. If you want your rainwater collection system to fit in nicely with your landscaping or house exterior design, go with ones that are appropriate for it. Alternatively, you can opt for an underground rainwater collection system.


Taking Care of All Your Gutter Needs in Vancouver

Contact us today to find out how we can help with a rainwater collection system or other gutter needs you may have. For inspection, repair or replacement of gutters in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, count on Complete Gutters.


We pride ourselves on our ability to meet customer needs. Whether it be meeting a strict timeline or offering useful suggestions to save you money, we strive to exceed customer expectations.

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