It’s the start of several rainy days, beginning tonight. I always watch the weather reports for rain, because that will signal me to turn off my front yard sprinkler system until the rain has subsided. My back yard does not have a sprinkler system – I still water by hand. My patio is also in the back of the house. Over the years I’ve noticed that my patio always floods when it rains.
TIP: To prevent flooding into my home, I purchased 4 large plastic trash cans, about the size of the garbage, green waste, and recyclables cans provided by my city. I place 2 open cans in front of my patio door, and the rain water collects perfectly. I could probably install rain gutters, but I think this is a low-cost alternative. I check the cans periodically for any cracks or other damage to ensure good water-storing capacity. I place lids on the cans until all of the water is used up – this way, I reduce the probability of mosquito infestation and West Nile virus.
I use the water for my backyard garden and it lasts for at least a few waterings. The other 2 trash cans are backups in case the first 2 are filled up. In that case, and I’ve done this a few times at night (!), I get a small pail and scoop out the water from the full cans and into the empty cans. On a few occasions, I’ve had 4 nearly-full cans of rain water. Now that’s water (and dollar) savings. Wow!
Please don’t think about trying to lift or wheel a large, water-filled plastic trash can from one location to another. Not only is it heavy, and you may end up injuring yourself, but you could also place unnecessary stress on the can, and may end up damaging it and losing some, if not all, of the rain water as a consequence.