Regular cleaning and maintenance of your home’s collection system are vital to maintaining the quality of harvested rainwater. Here are 5 important cleaning practices to follow:
- Roof Cleaning
Keep the collection surface, such as the roof, clean and free from dirt, leaves, and other debris. Regularly inspect and remove any accumulated waste that may wash into the gutters and downspouts during rainfall.
- Gutter and Downspout Maintenance
Clear the gutters and downspouts of any blockages or debris that may hinder the smooth flow of rainwater. This prevents clogging and ensures the water reaches the storage tank without obstruction.
- Filter Cleaning
If you have pre-filtration systems or mesh screens installed, clean them periodically to remove accumulated debris. Clogged filters can reduce water flow and potentially cause overflow or damage to the collection system.
- Tank Cleaning
Over time, sediment and organic matter may settle at the bottom of the storage tank. Periodically, inspect and clean the tank to remove any buildup. Typically, this is done by draining the tank, scrubbing the interior surfaces, and rinsing it thoroughly before refilling. Using a specialised vacuum system, Gutter-Vac can clean your water tank while it is still full of water.
- Maintenance of Treatment Systems
If you have additional treatment systems, such as activated carbon filters or UV disinfection units, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for regular maintenance and replacement of filter media or bulbs. This ensures the treatment systems operate efficiently and effectively.
By incorporating regular cleaning and maintenance practices into your rainwater harvesting routine, you can help preserve the quality of the collected water. Clean rainwater not only enhances its usability but also contributes to the overall sustainability and reliability of your water supply. Get a quote to have your collection system cleaned by the experienced team of professionals at Gutter-Vac.