Rainwater harvesting is becoming extremely popular, even in Vancouver British Columbia, where we experience more than our fair share of rainy days. Collecting the rain that falls on our roofs makes sense. It saves money, and supports the environment… why wouldn’t we want a rain barrel for rainwater harvesting?
Not every system is perfect however. In the green city of Vancouver BC, rain falls an average of 161 days each year. If all of that rain were to end up in a barrel, we would definitely need more than one to fit it all.
What would happen if you went on vacation, and it rained? Would you have to worry about water backing up into your gutters? Perhaps overflowing the entire system? No, of course not. That problem is tackled by something called a downspout diverter.
What a Downspout Diverter Does
A downspout diverter is installed into a downspout just before it reaches your rain barrel system. Water drains through the diverter normally, allowing for a constant flow, until your rain barrel is full. At this point, water will back up to the diverter, and excess water will be redirected into another offshoot downspout.
The system is brilliant in its simplicity, and very easy to install. If you would like to learn more about getting a downspout diverter for your home in Vancouver BC, feel free to call us using the number at the top of this page.