Written by Andy's Pipe Dream
Category: Energy & Eco Saving Tips
Published: 24 August 2015
Save Water by Redirecting Your Sump Pump to a Rain Barrel.
In times of drought like we’ve recently been experiencing, cities often enforce water restrictions for tasks like watering your lawn. When it finally does rain, it can be heartbreaking to see all that extra water flowing into storm drains instead of into your yard. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
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Redirect Your Sump Pump to a Rain Barrel
Sump pumps direct water that might otherwise cause flooding away from your home to an area that can accommodate the water. Most of the time, this is into a storm drain or a sewer. But why waste that water when you could use it to water your thirsty garden or trees and bushes. If you redirect the water from your sump pump into a rain barrel, you can do just that.
Rain Barrels Help Your City, Too
In addition to helping you conserve water, they are also extremely helpful in managing storm water. Some homes have improper connections from their sump pump to the sanitary sewer system instead of the storm sewer system. Those homes can quickly overload an already-taxed sewer system during an average rainfall. The combination of your sump pump plus a rain barrel keeps water on your property but away from your home. Even in homes with proper hook-ups, installing a rain barrel still prevents water from picking up pollutants on their way to storm drains — and then into our streams and rivers.
Rain Barrel and Sump Pump Installation from Andy’s Pipe Dream
Right now is a great time to install a sump pump or make sure yours is running properly as well as to take advantage of the added benefit of directing the sump pump water to a rain barrel. Our plumbers at Andy’s Pipe Dream are all licensed, bonded and insured, and we offer 24-hour emergency services, so you know we’ll be there for you no matter what time it is. Give us a call at 913-677-0200 or visit our website for more information.