To insure a long life for your barrel clean it out occasionally to eliminate clogs and other debris from building up inside your barrel. Fine mesh screen should be used to cover any openings in the rain barrel to prevent mosquitoes and to trap debris.
Rain barrels can be installed upon blocks or wooden crate to provide height for gravity flow purposes.
Winterizing your Rain BarrelIt is very important to winterize your barrel. Empty or drain your rain barrel and drain plug before storing for the winter. When possible, store your rain barrel in a protected indoor area. If the rain barrel must remain outside, either turn it upside down and secure it, or weight it down by storing garden equipment inside the barrel. Then put a heavy plastic bag over the top to prevent animal inhabitation and water accumulation which can freeze, expand, and potentially crack the barrel wall.
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