Is Your Rain Barrel Ready for the Freezing Temps?
As we get closer to snow fall and colder temperatures, it is important to take time for winterizing your rain barrel. This will keep the life of your barrel lasting longer and protect even the sturdiest of plastic from getting brittle or expanding if water freezes inside. Winterizing your rain barrel is an easy process to save the barrel and other hardware from being replaced due to damage from the elements.
The steps below will make your rain barrel winter-ready before the temperatures begin to drop.
Drain all water from the rain barrel and leave the spigot open.
This prevents the water from freezing and cracking the plastic. The spigot staying open ensures that no moisture will remain and break the water seal.
Remove the hoses and rain spout diverter then detach barrel from gutter/downspout.
Hoses split easily in cold temperatures and should be stored indoors. If you have a rain spout diverter, replace it with a flexible extension to redirect the downspout away from the house.
Clean the barrel by removing debris and filtering the screen.
Some barrels have a mesh or filter inside to collect debris. Make sure this is cleaned before storing indoors or turning barrel upside down. This step will prevent mold or other fungus from growing inside the barrel.
Store barrel upside-down in a garage or shed, or outside in a sheltered/covered area.
Storing the rain barrel inside can protect against accidental water accumulation through the colder months. If storing outside, keep it upside down to prevent water accumulation and cover with a tarp to help protect from elements. Plastic rain barrels can get brittle in the cold so storing indoors is the best option.
Once all steps are completed, the rain barrel will be safe through the winter months and the life of the barrel will be extended that much longer. Each year it is important to clean your barrel from built up debris but taking the time to winterize is just as important!