Hey there how’s it going everybody? So we got some much needed rain on it’s way into the Bay Area, And you know I’ll be capturing some of that water in my rainwater harvesting system here

I thought this would be a great time to share with you how I go about keeping my system nice and clean, free of debris And after three years of being in service you can see the water coming out is still crystal clear There’s no sediment It’s really easy to accomplish this with just a little bit of maintenance before the rains come in So obviously the first thing your going to want to do is clean out your rain gutters

You don’t want any of this stuff making it’s way down into your rain barrel system, it could really gunk it up So before the rains come in your going to want to take care of that But before I actually clear out the gutter, the first thing I’m going to do is clear off the roof It doesn’t do you much good if your cleaning out the gutters if you got debris on the roof and then when it rains it just falls right back into the gutters I’m using a leaf blower to do this

You can even use a broom Once I’ve got the roof nice and clean then what I’m going to recommend you invest in this little tool, works great It’s called the “Gutter Getter” It’s inexpensive and makes cleaning the gutters a breeze What I love about it is that it’s very flexible

You can easily get it in and out of the different sections of gutter You can also turn it over and give it a scrape this way But it does just a fantastic job at cleaning out the gutters So check that out, I’ll put a link below this video if your interested in looking more into that The other great thing about it is that it’s compact enough that it slides right under the gutter brackets

So really you could slide the scoop several feet through the gutter until you got it completely full then pull it out to dump it in a bucket or whatever else you got So once you got the gutter clean, hopefully you got a debris filter at the downspout Something similar to this So your just gonna want to give that a quick clean and just make sure that the downspout is clear Then I recommend giving the gutter a nice good blast of water

And this is also another great opportunity to check and make sure that the downspout is draining properly As you can see we got a nice clean gutter here now So the next tip I wanna give you is even when you’ve got everything nice and clean, you still wanna allow that first flush of water coming down the downspout to be diverted At least 10 to 20 gallons of that You can use a separate container like a garbage can or a green waste container you see I’m using here

What this is going to allow is any other residual dirt or contaminants that might be on the roof or in the gutter, that’s going to all flush out with that first 10 to 20 gallons And you can still utilize this in your landscape But you just wanna keep that first flush of water out of your main tanks Now I switch over the hose manually by hand but there’s actually products that you can buy or plans where you can make your own automatic first flush diverter It’s rather easy

So you might want to look into that Now the next tip is to make sure that the debris filter on your rain barrel system is nice and clean as well As you can see mine is very clean That’s because I do all of that maintenance and cleaning before hand But even though I’m going to give it a quick spritz of water and clean out this screen

You can use a mesh screen, you can use an old piece of hosiery The main thing with this is whatever type of mesh material you use you wanna make sure that the holes are small enough to not allow any critters in there, especially mosquitoes that can be a real problem So once you got that clean just plug it back into the system And after that first flush I just transfer the hose right back over to the main tanks Now we’re ready to go

You’ll be surprised at how many hundreds of gallons of water you can collect in just one overnight storm So this second tube you see coming out from the barrel is actually an overflow You want to make sure you have something like this installed as well And that overflow pipe finds it’s way down to the french drain That way there’s no chance of the system overflowing where it stands

Now we’re ready to collect that wonderful clean rain water to use it in the garden, the plants love it It’s wonderful for making compost tea So if your not already I’d encourage you to try your hand at rainwater harvesting I will put a link below this video to the video where I explain how I built this rainwater harvesting system And with that I hope this video finds you and finds you well, out in the world and out in the garden planting more abundance in your life

Take care everybody, I’ll be talking to you again soon!