Water Harvesting Improvement: GutterBrush as Pre-Filter
Green Initiatives, Conservationists, and people in drought ridden areas conserve water by collecting and storing it in rain tanks. The stored rain can be used for many different purposes including washing clothes, flushing toilets, drinking, irrigation, farming and gardening.
Roofs are perfect for doubling as rain water catching devices due the size of the roof and the fact that roofs slope or lean to one side enabling the gutter to act as an aqueduct carrying the water to the downspout which then supplies the rain water tank. The collected water is stored and distributed from above or below ground cisterns, complicated tanks or uncomplicated rain barrels.
Roofs, gutters and downspouts are often used to catch and carry rain to water collection systems such as rain barrels, cisterns and metal rain tanks. Depending on the intended use of the stored water, the water often must be kept clean. Certain filters and screens are used specifically to keep mosquitoes out of the rain tank and for this reason, often the downspout filter will be extremely fine with very tiny holes that clog often. Gutters and downspouts are capable of supplying a large amount of water, however they are also capable of supplying a large volume of leaves and twigs which not only contaminate and pollute the water, but they also stop the system from working properly when the downspout filter or tank filter clogs and overflows. Combine this with a filter that is fine enough to keep mosquitoes out, and you have a real frequent maintenance problem.
When used as a gutter pre-filter for standard mosquito proof catchment for rain tanks, GutterBrush keeps the outlet tubes, downspouts and downspout filters from reaching capacity, becoming blocked and pouring over. Without GutterBrush, the downspout filter or the rain tank filter that makes the system mosquito proof, bears the burden of all of the debris filled gallons of water from that entire gutter and roof area. The downspout filter has only a small amount of surface area, therefore when supplied with all of that debris filled roof and gutter rain water, it will quickly clog and malfunction. Rain tank filters are just not large enough to handle that much debris; especially if it must be mosquito proof! GutterBrush can be installed to fit and fill the entire gutter length to pre-filter the water providing more filter surface area and capacity than the downspout filter, therefore, with GutterBrush installed as a pre-filter, the downspout filter will flow far longer receiving more water and taking advantage of more rain opportunity. Simply put, with GutterBrush in place, the water that reaches the mosquito proof filter is cleaner and therefore the filter requires less maintenance and has greater water gallon receiving capacity. The owner can go on vacation with some certainty knowing that the downspout filter will not clog and and the rain barrel, cistern or rain tank will be properly supplied when there is rainfall opportunity. Clogged downspout filters cause missed water collection opportunity which can be extremely costly in drought areas. In short, more gallons of rain can be caught and supplied in between maintenance, thanks to Gutterbrush. Without GutterBrush, that downspout filter clogs and the water goes elsewhere and can cause landscape erosion, foundation damage, water in the basement, splashing, rotted wood, bugs and other problems.