How to Winterize your Rain Barrel
Before winter, your rain barrel should be disconnected, emptied, rinsed out and the bottom ball valve left in the open position. Storage indoors is recommended but if left outside it must not contain any fluids. Frozen fluids could damage the rain barrel and/or bottom ball-valve and void the warranty.
The downspout diverter can remain in place for the winter. Just remove the hose, unthread the outlet and replace it with a winter cap. When the outlet has been removed, you may want to clean out any debris inside the diverter with a hose or with your fingers. Also clean the thread and consider applying vegetable oil to reduce friction when inserting the winter cap.
Watch our video to learn more about maintenance.
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