A follow up to the post" I am ready for when the rain comes"

Services for Real Estate Pros with Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

Good evening everyone-In my last post which got a surprise "FEATURE" I talked about getting rainbarrels for all the gutters both on the house and one on my woman cave so I have 5-40 gals barrels. Well Sunday it rained and Monday morning a little bit. I went out early to check on them to make sure the gutter was positioned correctly and hadn't moved and also to make sure the spigots were closed so the water didn't run out.

It may have rained late Saturday as well after I was sleeping but I don't think it could have rained much as the barrels had water in them but not that much. Now all day Sunday it rained but it wasn't a downpour just didn't stop all day. Well Monday afternoon when it stopped raining I got a surprise when I checked all the rainbarrels. They were all FULL to the brim.

I never expected that from ONE rainfall. So now I have 200 gals of rainwater ready to go. So what to do when it rains again before I need to water.  Do I buy 5 more barrels. I could if I wanted to spend another $400 as they are made so you can hook others up to it but I most likely will fill 5 gal pails to store the excess.

Not as attractive but a lot less money for now. This has been a wet Spring but we had a very hot dry summer last year so I had to water just about every night which took 1.5 hours to do. So I guess I will stockpile the water in the event of another hot dry summer. It is due to rain again possibly next Monday and Tuesday. It is amazing to think that one rainfall produced that much water that would have otherwise been wasted.

This is what the rainbarrels look like if you hadn't read the original post.


Posted by

Sharon Lee

Comments (14)

Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Sharon, what a great idea.  We had over 3 inches of rain here on Sunday.  I wish I would have had some barrels set up.  Thanks for sharing!!

Apr 30, 2013 08:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Sharon - you can always send some of that rainwater this way -- we are in a drought with little or no rain for quite some time.    

Apr 30, 2013 08:35 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

I don't know how much we got Judith but enough to fill all those barrels.

Michael-I would if I could. We had a drought last year so we shall see what this year brings.

Apr 30, 2013 08:38 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

That's amazing you collected that much water Sharon and you proved you have a system that works. Thats a lot of gallons of the wet stuff.

Apr 30, 2013 08:52 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Sharon, thanks for the update on your rain barrels.  We could use them in Dallas!

Apr 30, 2013 08:52 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thanks for sharing a great idea and tip.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 30, 2013 12:09 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gary=That it is

Sharon-I heard Tx is rather a dry state.

Lou-Thank you

Apr 30, 2013 09:47 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Wow!  That's great!  Now how exactly do you get the water to the garden....does the hose attach to the spigot?

Apr 30, 2013 10:57 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Sharon-Yes is sure does.  The hose hooks to the spigot that is shown in the photo on the barrel and then I water whatever is closest to each barrel.  They all come with the spigot.

May 01, 2013 12:11 AM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Sharon, it really is amazing how much water is captured on our roofs! Now you can redirect it where it's needed!

May 02, 2013 02:24 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Wow, that's a LOT of water you collected, Sharon! I suspect the day isn't far off when you'll be very glad you had the foresight to save the last storm's dumping.

May 02, 2013 09:59 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Mary-I was really surprised I got that much from one rainfall, Monday and Tuesday it is going to rain again

Lottie-You are right is is a lot and I am already glad

May 02, 2013 11:06 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Sharon you proved the system works..now I have to ls.order them...thanks for the link to order my barre

May 03, 2013 01:29 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

You are welcome Rebecca.

May 03, 2013 09:48 PM

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