Cascata Rain Barrel
The Cascata Rain Barrel is an effective water-conservation tool. The water the Cascata stores is for gardening purposes only and should not be consumed by people or animals.
When choosing an area that is easily accessible for your rain barrel, try a spot near garden beds and containers – filled watering cans can be quite heavy to carry to your garden! Backyard or rear downspouts are usually the areas where most rain barrels are located. An area on your property where drainage is an issue would be an ideal spot for a rain barrel. Consider where the water overflow from your rain barrel will drain. You'll want to keep it away from your foundation, for example. Choose a spot with adequate seclusion (low-traffic area), so that a second rain barrel or overflow hose could be connected without diminishing the look of the property. Example: putting a rain barrel directly in front of your home can result in damage from bikes, vehicles, children, etc.
What you Need
The following are the supplies you'll need to install the Cascata rain barrel:
- Flat Head Screw Driver
- Hacksaw / tin snips
What's included with the Cascata Rain Barrel
- Rain Barrel
- Connector with Shut-off
- Crown Planter
- Screen Guard
- Brass Spigot
- Overflow Valve
- Hose Hook
- Elbow Connector
Set the blades on your lawn mower to the highest possible height - Longer grass grows deeper roots, and helps shade the soil enough to prevent water evaporation.
- Place the screen guard in the open area at the top of the rain barrel.
- Attach the Hook for the hose using the pre-drilled hole at the top of the rain barrel.
- Attach the nozzle/shut-off valve to the threaded end of the hose.
- Attach the other end of the hose to the base of the Cascata rain barrel: Place the clamp over the hose and the elbow connector, then screw the threaded end of the elbow connector into the hole on the base of the Cascata.
- Choose a level area around your dwelling where a downspout is located. If no even ground is available, use cinder blocks, wood, patio/interlock stones, or gravel to make a flat area for the rain barrel to rest.
- Once the desired height is established, mark your downspout where it comes in contact with the opening on the top of your rain barrel. This is the entry point for the rainwater into the barrel. Depending on the make and model of the rain barrel, a downspout diverter may be necessary. Consult the instructions or the manufacturer prior to cutting your downspout.
- Cut the downspout on the mark using a hacksaw or tin snips. If the downspout is fastened to the wall, remove the brackets with a hammer or drill, and replace once cutting is complete. Again, depending on the make and model of the rain barrel, a downspout diverter can be used to allow the downspout to lay flat against the home – right up until contact with the opening of the rain barrel.
- Once your downspout is at the appropriate height direct, it overtop of the rain barrels opening, or depending on the make and model, you may be able to run the downspout directly into the top of the unit.
- Be sure any exit points (spigots, hoses with valves) are closed.
- If you have purchased a rain barrel with an overflow port, you have two options. You can either connect multiple units together (using appropriate tubing, creating a rain barrel chain), or you can fasten a hose or drip line to the overflow port. Whichever option you choose, the goal is to prevent the rain barrel from overflowing during heavy rain, and spilling water in and around your foundation. Using either method, a very smart precaution is a hose attached to the overflow port on the last rain barrel in the chain.
- Once you've attached the hose to the overflow port, you can run it wherever you feel needs water. A drip hose or a garden hose with holes/punctures is a great way to ensure even distribution of this excess water.
- The installation is complete! Bring on the rain!
Care and Maintenance
You can leave the rain barrel outdoors over the winter months. Open the tap fully on the Cascata for the winter; when it is warmer out the water will drain from the barrel out the tap as water from the down spout fills the barrel. Or, drain the water and cover the top so no new water can enter the barrel. The rain barrel has a lifetime warranty against chipping and cracking.
Some cleaning is required if eavestroughs are very dirty (filled with debris, leaves, twigs, garbage, etc.). All this material will run into your rain barrel and will need to be cleaned out periodically. Simply lift off the lid and remove any debris from screen. This screen also prevents insects from breeding inside your rain barrel.
The rain barrel carries a 20-year limited warranty on the barrel only. All accessories are not included. The warranty covers only manufacturer's defects and does not cover neglect or misuse.
- Always keep water in the rain barrel so that it does not tip over.
- Find a model tall enough that it does not allow a toddler to access the top. If the barrel is too low, raise it accordingly.