Thursday, 28 January 2010

Protecting your rainwater harvesting system from frost damage

Last week, YouGen took a look at the impact the recent cold spell might have had on rainwater harvesting - where rainwater is collected on a per property basis and plumbed into the house to provide water for flushing toilets / watering gardens etc, cutting down on water consumption from the mains.

If you've got an underground tank, then the relatively constant temperature of the ground should protect from freezing - there's more chance of damage to above ground pipes or pumps. Take measures to reduce the risk of damage.

If your collection tank is above ground, then you'll need to ensure that the tank hasn't frozen which could damage the pump inside.

Aside from proper insulation, many manufacturers recommend draining above ground systems before freezing weather sets in.

There's more useful tips and advice on the YouGen Blog - click here to read the full article.

photo credit: mjmonty

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