How To Divert Water From Your Roof Into A Water Butt

It’s that time of year again where people begin to think about how they can store and use rainwater, mainly to water their garden plants. There are several methods of how water can be collected, however this article will describe the most popular, a common garden water butt. This article is a guide to help explain how water can be diverted from a roof and gutter system into a water butt.

Rainwater is a great resource which often goes to waste, it’s free and by collecting the water and storing it correctly, you can significantly reduce your water bills during the summer months . It also makes sense to collect as much rainwater as possible due to water shortages becoming increasingly common. According to Waterwise, the average rainfall on the roof of a typical UK house each year could fill 450 water butts!

How is water diverted into a water butt?

In general, a downpipe diverter is installed into a section of a drain pipe/downpipe to divert the flow of water into the water butt. As it rains, the gutters fill up and water flows down the downpipe, where the diverter then diverts the flow of water into the water butt.

Which water butt is right for your garden?

There are a number of factors to consider; the size of your garden, where the water butt will be located and the style of the water butt. Water butts are available in a range of sizes, colours and designs, so it’s easy to choose one with the capacity and style to suit any garden. Consider the dimensions of the water butt and the available space next to the downpipe you are planning to use. Another consideration is that a pitched roof is likely to give more water than a flat roof drain pipe.

How do you install a water butt?

First of all, the water butt needs to be placed near a convenient drain pipe/downpipe. The water butt needs to be on a stable and level surface to avoid leaning or sinking and raised high enough off the ground for a watering can to fit underneath the tap.

Then place the water butt on it’s stand (if supplied) and mark its height against the drain pipe/downpipe, make a cut through the downpipe 3cm below this point.

Attach the rainwater diverter fitting to the downpipe, cut a section of the downpipe so it fits onto the bottom of the diverter.

Measure 8cm down from the top of the butt and create a hole where the connector will be fitted.

Then attach the water butt connector to the water butt by pushing it through the hole and screwing the fittings in place.

Finally, attach the water butt connector to the rainwater diverter with the supplied fittings, place the lid on the water butt and lock it in place.

Water Butts From Direct Water Tanks

If only a small space is available then a slimline water butt should be considered, for example the Rainsaver Slim Water Butt 100 Litres is ideal for small gardens and yards. Another option, if space is an issue, would be a wall mounted water butt, this way water could be saved without space being taken up on the floor. We have several of these types of water butts available, The Original Wall Mounted Water Butt 100 Litres is a popular option.

We have many different styles to suit everyone and their garden. One of our most popular water butts is the 450 Litres Slim Fit Water Butt this is available in a range of colours to suit any surrounding. If you’re looking for a water butt to blend into it’s surroundings, for example, next to a garden shed or alongside fencing then we have a Finesse 300 Litres Water Butt available that does just that! It is available in a realistic wood-effect finish in either light and dark brown. Another option we have is the Maurano 300 Litres Water Butt which has an authentic stone wall effect appearance.

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