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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenDo It Yourself (DIY) · 8 months ago

Help, my rain barrel fills up too quickly, yikes, what should I do?!?

When I am not home to empty the big barrel, it flows over and rain water floods the house.

Is there anyone who knows a solution for a not very handy person?

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  • elhigh
    Lv 7
    8 months ago
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    It sounds to me like your catchment system is undersized for the volume it receives. You should add more barrels, and reroute your overflow to direct water away from the house.

    These things should have been done from the beginning and I have to ask, if your barrel is overflowing do you really need a catchment system? How much rainfall does your area receive in a year?

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  • Joe
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    Where do you live, in Ecuador ?? Get a bigger barrel for gods sake !!!

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  • 8 months ago

    Have you tried installing an over-flow tube to it that extends onto your lawn?

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  • Edwena
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    More barrels.

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Get a further barrel, and connect a pipe.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    What you really need is a place for the water to go.

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  • hooray
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    You'll need to fit an overflow pipe from just below the top of the barrel to the nearest drain. Apart from cutting a hole in the barrel you don't need any tools.

    Why are you leaving it where it can flood the house? That just seems foolish.

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  • 8 months ago

    I've seen multiple barrels daisy chained together before.

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  • 8 months ago

    Either get a larger rain barrel, or install an overflow that directs the excess away from the house.

    • elhigh
      Lv 7
      8 months agoReport

      Ideally they should do both.

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  • JetDoc
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Move the barrel so it doesn't flood the house when it overflows.

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