Recently, there has been increased pressure on methods which help conserve the environment and promote a greener future, one such method is harvesting rainwater. Rainwater tanks are especially important in times of drought. Following a few simple tips will guide you on how to prolong the life of your tank and ensure a trouble free water source for years to come.
The Importance of Gutter Guards
Regular cleaning of your gutters is important and will help keep your water pristine preventing debris like small twigs, leaves, broken shingles, and dead insects contaminating the water supply. The installation of a gutter meshing is recommended.
Gutter guards are effective in keeping debris from contaminating your stored rainwater.
They are available in different patterns and designs to suit different applications. Some have larger mesh slots to allow smaller particles through whilst others are more compact restricting most debris and letting water through.
The Role of Leaf Diverters and Pollutant Traps
Another elaborate method of removing debris from rainwater before its collection is by using leaf diverters on your roof. These devices work by diverting leaves and debris away from the flow of water. Pollutant traps also contribute to keeping your water clean; roofs may collect harmful airborne pollutants such as dust, exhaust fumes, and smoke. The placement of traps will help to remove these pollutants.
Always Seal Tanks
Rainwater tanks allow homeowners to harvest water safely. It is, however, imperative to seal them if you wish to keep your water clean. The chief reason is to prevent the entry of small animals that may leave fecal matter in your tank, which may lead to contamination. Tanks are perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes, sealing them will keep unwanted pests and insects out.
Essence of the First Flush System
The first flush system as the name suggests diverts the first flow of rainwater away from the tank. This first flush of water typically contains high concentrations of microorganisms, which lower as the rain continues to pour. Diverting that first flush gets rid of about 80% of the pollutants present in your gutter.