Once you’ve drained the water from your rain barrel, be sure to disconnect it from the downspout of your home so it won’t refill during fall rains or with melting winter snow. Depending up how you have your rain barrel attached to your home’s downspout or rain chain, you may be able to simply set the barrel to the side and attach a longer piece of downspout to the remaining pipe for winter. Alternatively, you want to consider installing a downspout diverter to make the job easier.
After some research I found three examples of readymade downspout diverters.
The Downspout Diverter.
The Garden Watersaver downspout attachment.
The Rain Water Diverter.
Please excuse the photo quality. I snapped the photo with my phone.
Sadly, I don’t have a rain barrel (yet) so I don’t have any personal experience with using or installing any of these rainwater diverters on my gutters. However, if or when I do take the rain barrel plunge, this is something I’m going to consider to make winterizing the rain barrel much easier.
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