Rain Catch Systems: What You Need to Know

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As more and more families around the United States are trying to make sustainable lifestyle choices, the notion of having a rain catch system installed may not seem as far-fetched as it once would have on the East Coast. At one point, rain catch systems were primarily utilized in arid regions, such as the Southwest and parts of California where droughts frequently occur. Nowadays, though, Carolina homeowners just like you are starting to see the benefits of choosing rain catch systems for their own properties. 

In the remainder of this guide, you will discover information about common rain catch systems, including their pros and cons. By the time you’re done reading, you should have a good idea of whether or not you actually want to have a rain catch system of any kind installed on your Carolina property. Remember, if you still have unanswered questions, doing additional research is smart!

What is the most common system?

Rain barrels are the most prevalent sort of rain catch system. This is a very simple solution that consists of placing a barrel under a downspout, where it ultimately fills with rainwater. Although you cannot safely drink this water (unless you thoroughly boil it, which most Americans choose not to do), it can be used for a variety of other purposes. You can, for instance, water plants or grass, wash your vehicle, or spray down your patio, porch, or deck. A shocking 40% of water use is for non-potable work, so this is a great way to cut down on your household’s overall water usage. 

One of the perks of rain barrels is that they are easy to obtain. Most home improvement stores and hardware stores have them available in 40 gallons to 55-gallon varieties. During periods of heavy rain, these can fill within a day. It is not uncommon for people to purchase multiple barrels so they can store rainwater for an extended period of time. 

The primary downfall of a barrel-based rain catch system is that you are unlikely to go switch out your barrel in the middle of a downpour, so the odds are good that the ground surrounding the barrel will be muddy and soft most of the time. Another issue to consider is that standing water can draw mosquitos, which are common in the Carolinas. If you put lids on any barrels that are storing water, though, this problem will be minimized. 

What other systems are there? 

If you are looking for something more elaborate than a rain barrel system, there are several options available to you. One of the more common choices is a first-flush system. This helps you harvest water from your roof that can, in some cases, be used for potable purposes, such as bathing. There are also ultraviolet rain catch systems that help purify rainwater for a variety of indoor purposes. 

No matter what sort of rain catch system you ultimately decide to have installed at your Carolina home, the most important thing is for you to feel completely comfortable with your decision. You and your family may have to make some lifestyle changes in order to use water more sustainably, so make a point of having any necessary conversations before you purchase your new water harvesting system. 

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