Rain water collecting is an ideal option if you want to keep your water bill low, but still want a full-size garden. With the right placement of drainage, barrels, and even a few irrigation systems, you can collect a large amount of water easily. The trick is that this takes more than just a barrel and a run-off location. You need a professional roofing plumber if you want it done right. Here are some tips to developing a rain collection system for your exterior with your roofing plumber to achieve the results you need.
The first step in developing a rain collection system for your exterior landscape is to have an idea of the amount of water you need. Since most of your measurements will be done based on water collection barrel size, you will need a rough estimation to determine how many containers you'll need. You can do this by using one gallon, one liter, or other measurement. Fill it with water and water your garden while keeping track of much water you use in the process. This will tell you how much you need daily. Remember, when you're choosing the quantity, you should consider how it will affect the look of your exteriors, both in landscaping and in roofing.
Type of System
There are several types of rain water collecting systems you can have your roof plumber install for you. The most common, and simplest design, is to create a run-off gutter system that feeds into well-placed rain collection barrels. You can start with one barrel to test the waters and see if this option is something you want to expand on. Your roofing plumber can help you determine the best location for the barrel and help you expand the system. If you want a larger system that leads into an irrigation system, discuss your options with your roofing plumber.
Repairs and Upgrades
If you want a high-quality gutter to rainwater collection system, or if you want to extend your current system, you may need to complete some repairs or upgrades. For example, your existing gutter system may have areas with rust or wear. Upgrading or repairing this system can help rain water flow easier and more freely to the collection barrel. Talk to a roofing plumber, one like Onit Roofing & Exteriors Inc, and work with them to complete any repairs or upgrades that may be necessary.