Care and Use of the Rain Barrel
Never use water collected in these rain barrels for drinking or cooking. Although these are food-grade barrels, they are for non-potable uses only, such as: watering your garden, landscape and house plants.
To maintain the tight connection on the spigot at the bottom of the barrel, please refrain from excessive lifting, bumping, or moving the barrel by the spigot. If you are setting the barrel on the ground, the brass spigot is turned to the side to attach a hose. If a leak develops, adjust the tightness of the spigot by removing the lid of the barrel and tightening the nut on the inside of the barrel.
The mesh screened inlet prevents insects from breeding in your barrel and stops leaves, twigs, and rodents from getting in the barrel. Pollen and debris may clog your screen. It can easily be lifted out and cleaned. For added protection, you can place a 4”x4: piece of screen or netting at the bottom of the overflow tube.
The lid of the rain barrel may be removed for easy access to clean the barrel or for quickly filling garden cans or buckets.
Winter Instructions. Freezing rainwater will crack or damage the barrel. Drain the barrel before freezing weather. Remove the lid and turn it upside down to totally drain the barrel. The barrel works as a great storage unit for hoses or other garden accessories for the winter inside the shed or garage .
Mosquitoes require a minimum of 6-9 days in standing water to become adults. Add a couple drops of dish soap to the rain barrel to stop the mosquitoes from laying eggs in the water. Dish soap will not harm plants and will actually help the soil soak up the water. Adding a few drops of Olive Oil or cooking oil will also work.
To maximize the rainwater collected, try a low flow drip irrigation system. One barrel will water a 200-250 sq. ft. garden. Check out Dripworks Row Crop Kit on our accessories page.
If you need more rain harvesting capacity, consider connecting more than one barrel or going with a larger tank. We offer a connector kit found on the accessories page.