RTS Home Accents 50-Gallon Rain Barrel Review

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Do your part of embracing a natural solution to water shortages by collecting rainfall. When we're in a period of drought, and rainfall is minimal or non-existent, rain barrels are the solution for catching precious water for our garden and lawn needs. Did you know that a typical roof can capture several hundred gallons of water during rain? If you can save that water, you'll be able to reduce your annual water usage substantially. This rain barrel will pay for itself quickly with that kind of savings.

By using a rain barrel, you are choosing to help protect the environment as well as conserve water. Collecting rainwater helps protect lakes, rivers, and other areas from receiving pollution runoff. The water collected in your barrels can be used to wash your car, saturate your garden, or water your lawn in drought affected areas. A rain barrel stops excess water from entering storm drains and decreases any risk of flooding.

PROS

  • Removable 3" by 12" screen can be removed for barrel cleaning
  • Very attractive barrel, compared to others in the marketplace
  • Screen and channel mosquito guards are much appreciated

CONS

  • These barrels bow out when they are 3/4 filled or more (They do go back into shape after you use a portion of the water)
  • Metal spigot has threads, and the plastic barrel doesn't
  • Only got 2 years' use out of them before one sprang a small leak
  • Screens can get knocked off during heavy rainfall

KEY FEATURES

  • Authentic wood grain textured plastic oak barrel is molded into every barrel (guaranteed not to rot or harbor an insect infestation)
  • Its flat back sits flush against walls
  • Links to other barrels for increased water collection
  • Saves both money and water by capturing rainwater for use on your garden and lawn
  • Optional stand (sold separately) makes watering can fillups easier
  • Aluminum screen wards off insects and debris
  • Pet and child safe design has no large openings
  • Brass spigot has a shut-off valve with hose hook-up for dual overflow. An additional front side overflow keeps any water from flooding across the outside wall

PRODUCT REVIEW

The Wood Grain RTS Home Accents 50 Gallon Rain Water Collection Barrel with Brass Spigot has several unique features, including a shut-off valve for a hose hook-up with dual overflow, a screen to keep insects and debris out, a flat back which sits flush against the wall, and the ability to link to other rain barrels to increase capacity. This product provides approximately fifty gallons of unchlorinated pure water.

The RTS Rain Water Collection Barrel is about 3 feet tall, 20 inches deep, and 21 inches wide, and has a front-side overflow that keeps any water from flooding against outside walls. An optional barrel stand makes a significant offset between ground and spigot and makes it much easier to fill up watering cans for general use. RTS recommends that you drain all water barrels when temperatures drop close to the freezing point. If you live in a harsh climate, you should probably store your barrels inside during the winter, or at least leave the spigot open if you're expecting a period of prolonged freezing weather.

A hole can be drilled on the side of this barrel in the nub to allow any excess water to be attached to a garden hose. The spigot is standard and can be replaced at any Home Depot or Lowes store. The long downspout can be substituted with a more flexible plastic one.

RTS Home Accents 50-Gallon Rain Water Collection Barrel with Brass Spigot, Wood Grain
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RTS Home Accents 50-Gallon Rain Water Collection Barrel with Brass Spigot, Wood Grain
  • Authentic oak barrel texture is molded into each barrel; Will not fade, rot or risk insect...
  • Flat back to sit flush against a wall; Linkable to other barrels to increase water collection
  • Save water and money by capturing rainwater to use for your lawn and garden; Optional stand to make...
  • Aluminum screen keeps out debris and insects; Designed to be child and pet safe with no large...

The stored rainwater is not recommended for drinking water unless it is purified before consumption. Water drained from the roof may contain bird droppings, air particulates, mold, bacteria, etc.

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Seventy-one percent of online reviewers were extremely happy with this product and would recommend purchasing it. They found it easy to install and praised the mesh debris guard, brass spigot, and high-quality plastic. Fifteen percent were mostly satisfied with this product. They noted that it was very hard to screw the brass faucet into the barrel because of poorly tapped spigot holes, the barrel back bowing once it's 3/4 filled and its relatively high price for a plastic product. Fourteen percent of online reviewers did not like this product, and wouldn't recommend its purchase. Problems mentioned included the fact that the overflow valve is simply an open hole that you can't attach anything to, the difficulty of trying to screw a brass spigot into plastic, and the fact that this isn't a BPA-free barrel. Buyers also weren't happy that the optional stand was not able to hold the weight of the barrel once it fills with water.

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