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Building Off The Grid: Rainwater Collection

For homeowners who enjoy a challenging DIY project, building a rooftop rainwater collection system is the perfect opportunity to test one’s engineering skills.

Here at Ormeida Cabins, we recognize the value of making your home match your aesthetic and personalizing it to fit your needs and preferences. Our custom cabins are designed to align with your unique lifestyle.

We’re proud to construct unique cabins and deliver them across Texas — our family business has been expanding ever since we first opened in 1998. Each and every member of our team is trustworthy and committed to providing stellar customer service, easy financing and fair prices.

Check out the rest of our article for more information on the materials that make up a DIY rainwater collection system and other important details.

What Is A DIY Rainwater Collection System?

Wondering what materials you’ll need to create a rainwater collection system? Some of the most important components include:

  • An extraction pump and/or a spigot
  • Gutters
  • Some piping
  • A downspout filter or diverter
  • Accessible drains
  • A first-flush system
  • A rain cistern or a barrel

Each of these parts can make or break your rainwater collection system. If you want to build a device that will perform efficiently and effectively, it’s best to find and purchase the most reliable and long-lasting options. Make sure to consider the location you install your downspouts as well for maximum results.

How To Collect Rainwater

When it comes to harvesting rainwater during a heavy storm, you should be able to sit back and relax after building and installing your device. This is how an efficient rainwater collection system should function:

  • Rainfall hits your roof
  • The water flows into your downspouts and collects in an underground cistern or a large barrel
  • Once you use your shower or sink, a well pump pulls water out of your cistern or barrel
  • The water is pushed through a filter before entering your home’s pressure tank
  • Your pressure tank propels the water through your pipes and into your shower or sink

If you have additional questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our team members.

What Kind Of Collection System Should I Use?

Interested in learning more about the policies that determine what kind of collection system you’re allowed to build in your area?

Between direct pumped, indirect pumped, indirect gravity and many other rainwater systems, choosing the right one for you can feel overwhelming. Thankfully in Texas, almost every kind of system is legal. Yet in some states like Ohio, Colorado and Georgia, collecting rainwater is prohibited. Many of these policies are created to stop the spread of disease.

Before you invest in a water collection system, make sure to check your local codes so that you can conserve water legally.

Try Your Hand At Collecting Rainwater In A Texas Cabin!

Are you intrigued by the idea of collecting rainwater and using the way your home is built to conserve resources?

Here at Ormeida Cabins, we understand the allure of rugged, practical homes. Our custom wooden cabins can be built in such a way that harvesting rainwater and lowering your energy bills is simple and easy. Whether you’re looking to browse our popular styles or rent to own a custom cabin in Texas — we’ve got you covered.

Feel free to contact one of our team members through our website or give us a call today!

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