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Rain Barrels

Purchasing a Rain Barrel

picture: "RAINSTATION" rain barrel

There are many local options to purchase rain barrels, including garden centers and hardware stores.

You may also want to contact the Cumberland River Compact at http://cumberlandrivercompact.org/make-a-difference/rain-barrel/ about their rain barrels and DIY workshops.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for, or building, a rainbarrel:

Prevent mosquitoes: Your rain barrel should have a screen completely covering the hole on top where water enters from the down spout.

Provide overflow drainage: Your rain barrel should have an overflow hole near the top, with a connecting hose, to allow excess water to drain out and runoff away from the house.

Installing your Rain Barrel

Your rain barrel should come with complete installation instructions. Read the instructions before purchasing and be aware of any additional parts you may need to get for proper installation

Installation Services are available through our contractor.  The cost is $38.00 for a rain barrel you have already purchased.

To purchase installation service, please contact:

Engineering Sheetmetal Specialist LLC
Phone Number:(615) 256-4544

Please contact us with any comments or questions about the rain barrels, delivery and installation services.

What is a Rain Barrel?

To the average homeowner, a rain barrel is merely a simple and inexpensive way to catch and store rainwater as it flows from a building's roof into the gutters and downspouts. This stored water then becomes a great alternative to tap/city water and can be used during periods of dry or drought to water gardens, trees, and other plants. This is FREE WATER and obviously the homeowner saves money.

Why is a rain barrel good for the Environment?

  • Rain Barrels save energy
  • Rain Barrels help maintain streams
  • Rain Barrels are good for the environment
  • Rain Barrels reduce tap water usage saving you money

Make your own rain barrel

How to Make Your Own Rain Barrel. A simple and inexpensive way to catch and store rainwater that can later be used to water your lawns and gardens during dry periods.

Installation

  • Position the rain barrel (with blocks under it) adjacent to a downspout and remove enough of the downspout (with a hacksaw) so that there is ample room to attach a 45 degree elbow still allowing the rain barrel to easily fit underneath with approximately 2" of clearance.
  • Your rain barrel must be secured on a raised, level surface (like concrete blocks). A full 55 gallon rain barrel weighs over 400 Ibs. and tipping is a risk if it is unsecured or on uneven ground.
  • Divert your overflow to a safe discharge location away from your homes foundation.
  • The barrel must have a lid and a fine mesh screen covering any openings to prevent mosquitoes and debris from getting inside.
  • Do not use moss control or other chemicals on your roof that are not garden safe.
  • NEVER use water from the rain barrel for drinking, cooking or other potable uses.

Maintenance

  • Periodically brush the screen to prevent accumulation of debris.

Winterizing

  • Discontinue use of your rain barrel before the first frost.
  • Empty the rain barrel completely.
  • Clean the rain barrel with mild dishwashing liquid.
  • Store the rain barrel upside down to prevent water from collecting in it.

Rain Barrel Installation & Delivery Services

To purchase installation service - ($38.00)  for a rain barrel you have already purchased.

Contact:
Engineering Sheetmetal Specialist LLC
Phone Number:(615) 256-4544


Rain Barrels Available in Nashville

Need a rain barrel now? 

Contact Cumberland River Compact or visit your local hardware or gardening center.