Rain Barrel Fact Sheet: Care and Maintenance

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Rain barrels are connected to a gutter's downspout to collect rainwater from the roof for use in the garden and other outdoor uses. Most problems with rain barrels can be easily avoided if water is not allowed to stand in the barrel for more than five to seven days. A fine mesh fitted to the lid can prevent mosquitoes from entering the rain barrel to lay eggs. Additionally, washing the barrel with a diluted bleach solution can remove algea. Download this fact sheet to learn more about rain barrels, installing them, and how to properly maintain a rain barrel.

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