Given the ongoing rising water costs, water shortages, and more chemicals being added to tap water, it’s an excellent choice to collect rainwater for your water needs. A downspout diverter can help you achieve in collecting more rainwater.
What is a Downspout Diverter?
A downspout diverter, also commonly known as a downspout splitter, downspout adapter, or seasonal downspout diverter gives you manual control in redirecting the flow of water. With just a simple flip of the downspout diverter’s lever, you can send rainwater down one side or the other. If you prefer, you can divert the rainwater directly onto your flowers, garden, or any other landscaping area.
Downspout diverters are available in two designs: the Y design and the rectangular.
The Y design downspout diverter is equipped with a manual switch in the middle that sends rainwater either into a barrel or back to the downspout.
The long rectangular designed diverter is the most commonly used downspout diverter. The rainwater is automatically directed into the drainage system – this being the downspout – when the barrel becomes full. Manual switch redirection isn’t required.
Most downspout diverters are made from plastic or PVC piping. Copper metal, tin, or rubber can also be used to create downspout diverters.
The Purpose of Using a Downspout Diverter
A downspout diverter is important for two main reasons. First, it directs rainwater from the downspout into the barrel. Second, when the barrel becomes full, the diverter resends water down the downspout and empties it away from a building’s foundation – eliminating excess moisture, an eroding foundation, and leaky basements.
This handy optional piece of equipment always saves you the maximum amount of rainwater; thus, you don’t have to worry about too much rainwater being redirected away from the barrel. Just as good is the fact that a downspout diverter helps to transport and collect water in hard to reach areas.
If you’re going to partake in rainwater harvesting, you should get as much rainwater as you can. Achieve this goal by using a downspout diverter. By saving money, protecting your home, and helping the environment, you’ll most certainly be glad you did.