Rain Barrels Rain barrels can reduce water consumption by 27,000 litres per growing season. Installation is easy with IBC's tips. What Are the Benefits of Rain Barrels?Rain barrels can have a big impact on managing excess rainwater, especially when whole communities use them. They help prevent water from seeping into basements and provide free water for maintaining lawns and gardens, as well as for other uses, such as washing your dog or vehicle. What Will It Cost Me?Rain barrel use is increasing across Canada, particularly in rural areas. Your municipality may have a free or low-cost rain barrel program to encourage residential use. Is a Rain Barrel Simple to Install?Yes! Watch an installation video from the Wingham, Ontario, rain barrel pilot project. Here are the basic steps:Place the barrel on a flat, steady surface such as a patio stone.Take your current downspout and direct it into the barrel. This may require a minor modification of the downspout.Leave approximately 50 millimetres or 2 inches of space between the end of the downspout and the top of your rain barrel. This space is used for a debris screen that keeps out leaves and discourages mosquitoes from breeding in the barrel.If you live in a windy area, put a brick or stone on top of the debris screen.Do I Have to Manually Remove the Water?Newer rain barrels are equipped with a gravity cap that drains the water slowly over a 24-hour period. You can also connect your hose to the spigot on the bottom of the barrel. Rain barrels offer a gentle flow for soaker hoses that are useful for wetting tree or plant roots.How Much Water Will a Rain Barrel Hold?One typical residential rain barrel holds approximately 200 litres. A single, intense rainfall of just 25 millimetres or 1 inch can add up to more than 2,300 litres coming off an average roof. What About Rain Barrel Safety?Ensure the rain barrel has a secure lid that a child cannot open.Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding proper installation and maintenance.Install the barrel on a level surface so it cannot be easily overturned.Inspect the barrel regularly to ensure it is not tampered with and the lid remains securely fastened.Do not allow children to play in, on or near a rain barrel. Climbing above, onto or into the barrel can be dangerous.Children should always be supervised by an adult when near water.Water Conservation Experiments Add UpTogether with the local utilities, IBC participated in major rain barrel studies in Stratford, Prince Edward Island, and Wingham, Ontario. Conducted over a two-year period in partnership with the local township, the Wingham experiment demonstrated that 1,000 households using rain barrels could divert 4.5 million litres of rainwater runoff away from a municipality's sewer system. Filing an Insurance ClaimSometimes life happens. If you’ve been in a collision or if your home has been burglarized or damaged in some way, you’ll want to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.Personal Property InventoryDo you know how much your possessions are worth?Home Insurance: Is Yours Up to Date?Protect your most valuable asset. Make sure your home insurance is up to date with the checklist and tips in this brochure.Home Insurance – Q&AQuestion to ask your insurance representative. Related ServicesGradingThe area next to your foundation becomes susceptible to water damage as the soil slope degrades. Improving the grade or angle of slope on your property can help improve water drainage, as well as prevent flooding and associated damage.Backwater ValvesSewage in a basement or on a ground floor is a mess. Installing a backwater valve can prevent sewers from backing up and may make you eligible for a rebate.Roof ProtectionYour roof plays an important role in protecting your home and its contents. Damage to a roof caused by hail or wind is usually covered under a home insurance policy. Hire a licensed roofing contractor for repairs, replacement and advice on appropriate roof materials.DownspoutsAcross Canada, many municipalities have mandatory, volunteer or rebate programs to encourage homeowners to disconnect their downspouts from the sewer system. Directing rainwater away from sewers has economic and environmental benefits. Here’s how to disconnect your downspouts.Oil Tank CareWithout proper insurance, if your oil tank spills or leaks you could be 100% responsible for cleanup costs – which average $250,000 to $500,000 but can be even more. As a property owner, you are responsible for the year-round maintenance of this potential environmental hazard. Useful LinksBuying Home InsuranceAs a homeowner, you need to insure your house for replacement costs so that in the event of serious damage or destruction you have adequate coverage. Be sure to keep your home insurance current by reporting material changes or upgrades.Home Inventory ApplicationA current inventory of your belongings makes it easier to file a claim. Keeping your records off-site is wise in case a fire or flood damages your property. Consider updating your home inventory each spring and advise your insurer of any major purchases.ICLRThe Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is a world-class centre for multi-disciplinary disaster prevention research and communications.DisasterAm I covered? When can I start to rebuild? In the wake of a disaster, there are many questions to consider.