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Harvesting Rainwater: Advanced Gutter Systems for Conservation

Harvesting Rainwater: Advanced Gutter Systems for Conservation

March marks the start of the rainy season here in Lynchburg, with average rainfall totals nearing 4” in the rainiest month of May. The wettest months out of the year in Lynchburg historically are March, April, May, June, July, and part of August, getting on average around 18” of rain just in those months alone.


Imagine how much water is wasted during the rainy season, pelting your roof, flowing through your gutter system, and finally making its way toward a drain or street. While rainwater does supply nature with water so it can breathe new life, homeowners in Lynchburg could also benefit from harvesting the rainwater.


Continue reading to learn about harvesting rainwater in Lynchburg and about some advanced gutter systems so you can conserve every last bit of it.


Why Harvest Rainwater?

There are many ways that homeowners in Lynchburg can benefit from harvesting rainwater. Below are just some reasons why you should harvest rainwater:

  • Reduce water bills
  • The ability to water your lawn during summer restrictions
  • Increased fire protection
  • Tax breaks


The water that falls on your roof and travels through your gutters is free, costing you no money to harvest, minus the cost of collection barrels. Each time it rains, your gutter system will divert the water into a collection barrel, stored until you need or decide to use it. 


How to Harvest Rainwater in Lynchburg

There’s a bit to learn before you start collecting buckets of rainwater. First, as a Lynchburg resident, you must fill out this rainwater harvesting form. You’ll also need an extensive inspection every few years to ensure the water collection system is working properly and up to state standards. Residents in and around Lynchburg can legally harvest rainwater provided they purchase a designated rainwater collection barrel or harvesting system. Everything regarding Virginia’s rainwater harvesting laws is regulated through the state’s plumbing code and state legislature.


Once you have filled out the rainwater harvesting form above, been approved, and have installed collection barrels or other rainwater harvesting systems, it must be inspected. After it’s inspected and approved, you’re able to harvest rainwater. 


Now for the fun part – get creative in using your harvested rainwater! Will you hook up the hose and use it to water your garden beds and vegetable gardens this spring? Or will you use it for the kids to play with their water table? Or will you save it to water your lawn during watering restrictions in the summer months? However you choose to use your harvested rainwater is up to you, but it’s a great way to be economical and reuse a natural resource.


Advanced Gutter Systems for Conservation

Properly functioning gutters should collect rainwater from the roof, carry it through the gutters and downspouts, and deposit it away from the home’s foundation. When you harvest rainwater, the water would be deposited into a collection barrel or other rainwater harvesting system instead of being diverted from the home. Unfortunately, not every gutter system is in great shape to help you conserve water.


Below are some advanced gutter systems that help water conservation, ensuring your rainwater harvesting system can collect every last drop.

Seamless Gutters & Guards

Seamless gutters and guards work together to keep debris out of your gutter system to prevent clogged gutters. At K-Guard / One Stop Home Improvement Shop, our seamless gutters and guards are guaranteed clog-free while ensuring you optimize your rainwater harvesting.


Our seamless gutters are made of a continuous piece of heavy-duty aluminum, eliminating the need for the gutter system to be installed in sections, each one fastened with plenty of bolts and screws. Sectional gutters often leak, which wouldn’t be efficient for rainwater harvesting. 


K-Guard / One Stop Home Improvement Shop gutters and guards are top-of-the-line, preventing clogs, and backed by warranties. They’re an advanced gutter system for conservation, aiding in collecting and harvesting rainwater.



The K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System

Another advanced gutter system for conservation is the K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System. The K-Guard System is a complete system with multiple components that work together to keep debris like leaves and pine needles out so water can flush through the system quickly. With its innovative curved hood and seamless design, K-Guard prevents all debris from entering the gutters, ensuring no clogs can form.


The result? Rainwater can flow freely through the system. Every last drop can be harvested without the fear of water leaking through the gutters, overflowing over the sides, or never making it through the system due to a blockage.


If your home needs gutters installed or you need to replace your existing gutters and want to optimize rainwater harvesting, consider installing seamless gutters and guards or the K-Guard System from K-Guard / One Stop Home Improvement Shop. 


We’ve been installing and repairing gutter systems for decades with tens of thousands of happy customers in Lynchburg and surrounding areas. We can help with all your home improvement needs, whether you need help with an insurance claim or a quote for installing a new roof or gutter system. We’re here to help every step of the way throughout the entire process. Contact us today for a free estimate!