How do I get the rainwater to the tank?

The conveyance system is made up of eaves troughs and downspouts, and any piping used to move the water to the storage tank. Most homes already have eavestroughs and the primary purpose is to collect and direct water away from the home’s foundation.

Most likely, the eavestroughs on your house are correctly sized.  If you need to move downspouts to accommodate your rainwater harvesting plan, ensure the sizing is correct. For example, if you would like your entire roof surface to drain to a single downspout, you may need to increase the size of the eavestrough and downspout.

The simplest installation is to cut off a downspout and place the rain barrel underneath to capture the water.  Ensure the barrel is on a sturdy level platform and has an appropriate overflow.

 

How often should eavestroughs be cleaned?

It is recommended that eavestroughs are cleaned twice per year; in the fall after the leaves have fallen and again in June after the flowers have dropped

Are there other ways to keep my eavestroughs clean that are less work?

Gutter Guards come in many shapes and sizes and are designed to keep eavestroughs free from debris.  Some are perforated metal or plastic sheets that screw on top of the eavestrough and other are expanded foam that fit inside.