In response to repeated problems with basement flooding, Karin took matters into her own hands and got serious about managing stormwater on her property. Here's her report:
I have two 65 gallon Rainwater Urns I ordered from Gardeners' Supply Company and three 300 gallon Good Ideas Rain Wizard Rain Barrels I ordered directly from the manufacturer. Both companies have wonderful customer service.
Since it's the front of the house I wanted something more attractive than the rain barrels I was finding locally. I'm very happy with the ones I got from Gardeners' Supply Company, even though they are a bit pricey (the latest catalog lists them as $219 plus $20 extra shipping). They have an overflow valve so when it really pours the excess water simply flows down the driveway and into the street. I've gotten a lot of compliments on how nice it looks. The recessed basin on top is for displaying a potted plant. It's so hot on the south side of the house that I'm not sure what would survive there. Here's the urn in the garage.
Jayhawk Guttering did a very nice job of installing the
I pulled out the white cap so you can see where the water diverts to.
Here's the Rain Wizard on the west side of the house. It's big! But I think it's kind o
It has a flat back design so that it can be pretty close to the house. I have this barrel rather far so that I can get at the water spigots on the house corner.
I love the fact that there are two spigots. I can use the top one for filling watering cans. Both, of course, can have a hose attached, but the lower one allows me to get the barrel pretty empty for the winter. These, by the way, were not cheap either: $400-$500 each. But I like having this much water.
Same set-up on the east side with the split downspouts.
I have these closer to the house. The underground downspout empties out onto the front lawn. You can see a bit of it before it goes underground on this photo.
I also have a so-called French drain on the east side of the house to handle water runoff from the neighbors uphill. You can't really see what's happening from a photo, though, it just looks like a path of rocks. So, no photos of that.