Considering a Rain Barrel?

Many homeowners are looking to add “green” improvements to their homes.  This appeals to eco-conscious buyers and helps the planet.

If you are considering purchasing and installing a rain barrel for your home, there are a few important things to keep in mind.


1.) Aesthetics & Function-  Consider the material and color scheme of the barrel system you are going to install.  Make sure it compliments the home and landscape and is not an eyesore.

2.) Do the Math-  Make sure that the size of the barrel for collection matches the size of the roof.    For example, A 1-inch rainfall on 100 square feet of roof will generate about 60 gallons of water.

3.) Gutters should be clean and in good repair before installing a rain barrel system.

4.) Never connect a barrel to any part of your home plumbing system.

5.) Consider the weight of the barrel-  One gallon of water weighs about 8.3 pounds.  Make sure you locate the barrel in a safe area.

6.) The water collected is untreated.  It is ideal for plants, but not ideal for cooking or washing.   Make sure to rinse all veggies with tap water before cooking.

7.) Monitor your barrel for pest problems, and avoid stagnant water issues by using all water within a week of collecting.

Are you using a rain barrel?   Share your tips below!  We would love to hear from you!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.



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