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High Capacity Overflow
RainSaver High Capacity Overflow
Options for dispersing or utilizing excess collected rain water
Your RainSaver arrives fully assembled with the included 6 foot overflow hose. This high volume 1 & 1/4 inch capacity overflow is about 6 times the volume of most rain barrel garden hose overflows and enables water to exit the rain barrel quickly once it is completely full. Since (once full) intake water can only enter the barrel at the same volume that it is able to exit, overflow capacity is an important feature to consider. Common rain barrels utilize a simple garden hose overflow which severely limits the exit (and intake) volume of rainwater once the rain barrel is full. This situation will cause water to back up the downspout from the house, or create excessive spilling over the top and near the barrel.
The high volume overflow of the RainSaver enables rainwater to exit the barrel quickly and provides opportunities for alternate watering. By connecting longer lengths of common sump pump hose to the overflow fitting, you can extend your watering resource to soak gardens, beds, trees or shrubs. You also can divert excess water to a designated water garden or soak area where rainwater can restore.
Instructions for turning sump pump hose into high capacity soaker hose
A 1 1/4 inch sump pump hose (available at most hardware stores in 25 to 100 foot lengths) can be turned into a high capacity soaker hose. Simply connect the 1 1/4 inch sump pump hose to the overflow fitting at the back of your RainSaver. Place hose along a path that you would like to water, then drill multiple holes into the hose at areas you wish the most volume of water to disperse. You have now turned your high capacity overflow hose into a high capacity soaker hose. If you do not wish to dispense along a path, simply place the exit end of the hose near trees, shrubs, or garden where a good soaking is desired. When replacing the hose with longer lengths, we suggest exchanging the insect screen to the exit end of the hose and keeping it in place with a small rubber band.