Rain barrels are popular methods of gathering rain water, which can then be used in various ways. Rain barrels are typically attached to a home's gutters and downspouts to collect water as it flows off of the roof. The collected water can be used for gardening, washing cars and watering the lawn. Some water collection systems can be used for drinking water, but such products require specialized filtration and sanitizing systems. While rain barrels can be effective in various climates, to prevent damage, water barrels may need to be stored in regions where freezing temperatures are common in the wintertime. When storing your rain barrel for the winter, consider the following tips.. It is best to disconnect the downspout from the rain barrel and reattach the gutter extension to funnel water away from the foundation of the house.
Make sure the rain barrel is empty. Frozen water expands as it forms into ice, and it can crack the rain barrel.
Flip the rain barrel over so that it will not collect any rain or snow and store it in an out-of-the-way area outside. If you have enough room, you may want to store the barrel indoors in a garage, basement or storage shed.
Take in any hoses so they do not freeze and crack from the cold weather.
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