In Tampa, Florida, we get ample rainfall during the rainy season, which might have you thinking about harvesting this rainwater for watering your plants, landscaping, and yard. But is that usable? With Rhino Gutter Guards it will be!
Our team at The Rhino Gutter Company explains the benefits of harvesting rainwater and how gutter guards can help homeowners harvest rainwater more easily. Let’s dive in.
What is Rainwater Harvesting?
Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting, storing, and reusing the rainwater that would otherwise fall back onto the ground or drain away. This rainwater can be used both inside and outside the home, resulting in an overall reduced water consumption and water waste.
Typically, capture tanks or barrels are placed on roofs or the sides of buildings under specialized gutters to catch the falling rainwater.
The Benefits of Harvesting Rainwater
Unlike municipal water, rainwater is valued for its softness and purity. Gardens and lawns thrive when watered with harvested rainwater. Plus, appliances last longer when free from the corrosive effects of hard tap water.
You can essentially use rainwater in place of tap water. Here are some uses:
- Watering your lawn or garden
- Watering indoor plants
- Washing your vehicles
- Washing your pets
- Refilling your fishponds or fountains
- Refilling your swimming pool
- Washing your windows, sidewalks, and driveways
- Indoor non-potable use (toilets, dishwasher, clothes washer, etc.
Using rainwater for the above uses has many benefits including reduced flooding and erosion, reduced water bills, and a lowered impact on the environment.
More benefits include:
The water that comes out of our taps in urban settings is treated and piped by municipal systems.
The energy demands of these systems include:
- Electricity for water treatment plants
- Power for pumping stations
- Machines that repair water lines burn fossil fuels
These resources are well spent when they protect our drinking water. But we waste them if we use potable water for flushing the toilet, washing clothes, or watering our lawns. This is where rainwater can be beneficial.
Limiting Stormwater Runoff
Stormwater comes from rain, and when it is not absorbed into the ground, it will stay on the surface and sweeps sediment, metals, pesticides, and fertilizer into water catchment areas causing all kinds of problems.
From algae blooms to erosion, stormwater runoff can be a BIG problem. Rainwater harvesting can help limit these harmful effects by managing stormwater on-site, thus preventing debris from entering the watershed.
It’s simple, your plants crave all the nutrients that rainwater has to offer. Harvested rainwater is better than treated water for your plants because it is:
- “Soft” means that it is low in calcium and magnesium
- Slightly acidic which helps plants absorb nutrients
- Free of salts, chemicals, and heavy metals
- A source of nitrates that help plants grow better
How Gutter Guards Help with Rainwater Harvesting
Our patented Rhino Gutter Guards provide a layer of protection over your gutter system so debris such as pine needles, leaves, sticks, etc. doesn’t clog them. This allows water to flow freely into the rainwater collection system below.
Using gutter guards is not only beneficial to keep debris out of your gutters, but it also ensures that the rainwater collected from your roof is safe and clean enough for multiple uses including watering your plants or washing your vehicles.
Rhino Gutter Guards are simple to install and won’t damage your current gutter system. They are the perfect solution for homeowners that want to harvest rainwater!
Tampa Rainwater Harvesting
If you want to easily harvest clean rainwater from your Tampa, Florida home’s gutters, call on our team at The Rhino Gutter Company! We can install a seamless gutter system and our Rhino Gutter Guards which will keep water flowing freely through your system straight into your rainwater catchment system.
Call The Rhino Gutter Company for a gutter guard quote today at (888) 407-4466!