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Your Guide to Buying an Rain Barrels Eric Hewitt

How should you choose a rain barrel?

Do you wish you could be more eco-friendly? Make a small change in the environment by buying a rain barrel for your garden. It will conserve rainwater, prevent run-off pollution, and reduce your water bill all at the same time. Since it might be difficult to decide on the best rain barrel that will suit you, we have condensed a wealth of knowledge in the form of a buyer's guide, after going through thousands of rain barrel reviews.

Important Features

What should you consider when buying a rain barrel

Since there are different types of rain barrels available on the market, the following list should help shed light on the features that you should look for when making a purchase:

  • Check for optimum storage capacity: Choose a rain barrel model according to your requirements. Rain barrels come in varying storage capacities, ranging from 50 gallons to more than 100 gallons. For the purpose of watering a small garden or washing your car, the basic version will probably suffice.

  • Check for aesthetic appeal: Consider buying a rain barrel that will add to the aesthetics of your yard. There are rain barrels available in numerous shapes and sizes, such as an urn, a terracotta look, or even a whiskey barrel—even though they are primarily made of plastic.

  • Check the attachments: Look for the models that come with a complete set of accessories, such as a brass spigot, an extension hose, and a rainwater collection system. If not, you'll have to purchase and install these attachments separately. If that's the case, take note of the dimensions and other specifications, to ensure that the attachments are compatible.

  • Check for scalability: Check if there is an option to link multiple rain barrels together, in case you wish to increase the storage volume later. You may want to install a downspout diverter to redirect the overflowing water without creating a mess. Some rain barrels may already have these features built-in.

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