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How to Install a Water Butt

Posted on January 25, 2016

Water butts are a great solution when it comes to collecting rainwater; a water which is particularly useful within the garden due to its nature as soft water. Unlike hard mains water, it does not leave limescale deposits or increase the alkalinity of the soil, making for a healthy garden.

By using rainwater for gardening purposes, as well as a whole host of other jobs around the house, homeowners can also benefit from saving money on switching on their taps and getting the water they need. This cuts down not only on costs but also the potential for wasted water. Here, we go through the steps required to install a water butt at your home; a solution that will allow you to save water efficiently and effectively.

Before getting started on the installation, make sure you have the right tools which include:

  • power drill fitted with a hole saw
  • hacksaw
  • tape measure

Next, the installation can commence, following the stages below:

Step 1

Firstly, select a suitable downpipe for your water butt to sit beneath. Position the stand underneath this pipe, and place the water butt upon it, marking its height on the downpipe. After you have done this, cut the downpipe – using a saw – at 3cm below this point.

Step 2

Next, attach a rainwater diverter fitting to your downpipe using the cut section of the pipe to fit onto the bottom of the diverter.

Step 3

Once the diverter is fitted to the pipe, you can move to the next stage. Here, you can measure 8cm down from the top of the water butt, drilling a hole within the water butt at this point in which you can fit the water butt connector.

Step 4

Next, you can attach the connector onto the water butt simply by pushing it through the drilled hole. To secure the connector, screw the fittings into place.

Step 5

Lastly, you must attach the water butt connector to the rainwater diverter using the fittings that have come with the water butt you have purchased. Once this is one, place the lid on top of the water butt and lock it into place.

You can now begin to harvest rainwater and make savings at your home!

Here at Wildon UK, we know just how important water is to communities, which is why we are committed to the safe, reliable provision of water through effective, well-regulated drainage systems, If you are having difficulties with your drains or wastewater management systems, simply give us a call today. Our friendly team of highly trained engineers are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide an emergency call-out service with only the highest levels of expertise and the best standard of work, all at a price you can afford.

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