Diverting Rain Without Gutters: A Guide To Roof Drip Paths
The term “drainage” refers to the process of removing water from a body of water. When it comes to rainwater harvesting, there are two main types of methods used: (1) using natural drainage systems like rivers or streams; and (2) installing catch basins such as those found at many homes. Both of these methods have their advantages and disadvantages.
In most cases, when rain falls on roofs, it does not fall directly onto the roof itself but rather into a catch basin located on top of the roof. These catch basins are designed to collect rainwater that does not make its way down through the drain pipes to prevent flooding your home. However, they cannot remove all of the water that falls due to other factors like leaks in your roofing material or soil conditions.
When it rains, some of the rainwater that does not make its way down drains to the ground. If this rainwater were collected in a catch basin, then it would eventually run off into a storm sewer and ultimately back into your local sewage treatment plant. That’s where the problem begins because if this water was treated properly, it could contain harmful bacteria which means that it might be unsafe for human consumption. So what can you do?
If you live in a climate where it snows frequently, then the amount of rainfall may increase significantly during heavy storms. If this happens, the water will accumulate on your roof and eventually overflow out of your roof catch basins and into your basement. You could experience damage to your house if you don’t take steps to prevent this situation from occurring.
Rain Diverter System For Roof Drainage
There are several ways to divert rain without gutters.
Fortunately, there are products on the market for people like you. The best way to deal with this problem is to use a roof rain diverter . A roof rain diverter is a device that attaches to your gutter system and channels excess water into a separate container (usually made from plastic or metal) where it can then be drained out of your home through a hose. One of the most effective ways is by installing a roof rain diverter. The process involves blocking off the downspouts leading from your gutters so that all of the water runs into a catch basin, either in or below your eavestrough system.
Once the water is stored in this basin, you can reroute some of it away from your house. This is especially useful for people who store their water in underground tanks. It prevents the tanks from overflowing during periods of heavy rain and thus prevents the entire tank from overflowing or breaking due to pressure.
What Can Go Wrong With A Roof Rain Diverter?
If you’re planning on using a roof rain diverter, then you need to be aware of some problems that can occur with them. This will alleviate the need to pump water uphill and allow you to drain the water directly into a safe location.
How To Hook Up A Roof Diverter
The first step involves blocking of the downspouts on your gutters. This prevents rainwater from draining out of the downspouts and into the ground. You’ll want to re-route the water that would normally drain into these drainage pipes into a catch basin instead. The first and most obvious problem is that the basin can quickly overflow during periods of extreme rainfall. This happened to a friend of mine who was using a rain diverter for his rainwater tank.
He had connected one of the downspouts from his roof to the basin. This was located on his porch and had a hole leading into the tank. To do this, you’ll need to cut into your roof and place the basin in the opening. You can then re-route the downspout so that it is connected to this catch basin. Once this is done, you can fill up the basin with as much water as you want and keep it from overflowing by using a hose to drain out the excess water. The process for doing this is quite simple, but you need to take the right safety precautions.
One of the most important steps is protecting your eavestrough from being damaged. If you don’t do this, then the water won’t drain properly and your basin will be in danger of overflowing. If this is a concern, then you should place a tarp beneath your eavestrough before starting work. This will stop your eavestrough from being damaged by falling debris.
The second major issue is created by gravity. Gravity will cause the water to naturally flow from the highest point. This means that your basin will soon be filled with water and no longer have any room for more. To get around this problem, you can dig a trench below the catch basin and then re-route the water into this trench before it reaches the basin. From here, you can channel the water to a different location such as a nearby river or stream.
You can also use multiple basins. Once the first basin is full, you can then re-route the downspout to the second basin and so on and so forth. If you’re really ambitious and have a large enough yard, you can place as many basins as necessary to accommodate the amount of rain that you get.
Finally, if you’ve been putting off fixing your roof, then you should definitely do that now while you have it all torn up.
The purpose of this system is not so that you can increase the size of your rain barrel. The purpose is so that you can avoid having water accumulate in your house that you don’t want there.
If you have a major leak in your roof (and yes, you should get that fixed as soon as possible), then it probably isn’t just your attic that is getting wet. The water will most likely be running down the walls and into the rooms of your house. Even if the leak is confined to your attic, you still have a problem. The water that is damaging your house is actually clean. This means that the fluid from your toilet, washing machine, and hot water tank, are all contaminating your so called “clean” water.
To avoid this mess, you need to move the water away from your house. You can do this with a sump pump or a series of dry wells (or a combination of both). However, if this is a temporary solution, you can also use something that many people with flooded basements use.
The orange tubs.
Their purpose is to hold back the water and keep it from flowing further into your house. You can place these at the lowest point in your house or on the lowest floor (probably your basement). The water will slowly evaporate, seep into the ground, or run off elsewhere.
You may be wondering why you can’t just use the water that is already inside your house. It’s for the same reason that you don’t drink sewage or bathe in it. In fact, clean water is so important that we have a special name for water that is safe to drink: potable water.
Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to tell if water is safe. Our bodies need water to survive, but we can survive without food for much longer. This means that it is very important for our brains to tell us to seek out water, but only if it is safe.
The smell test is an important one for potable water. You probably already knew not to drink from puddles or pools of water (especially not the ones that look like they came from a sewer or have a “sheen” to them), but what about water that looks clean?
Odds are, it isn’t if it is sitting around in open air. Trees and plants will pull water from the soil, but they also pull in any contaminants in the soil (like animal feces and urine). Rain can also pull contaminants from the atmosphere, things like acid rain and pollution. Over time these contaminants can concentrate and become dangerous to humans.
Luckily there are many ways to make water safe to drink. Boiling is one of the most common and easiest ways, but if you don’t have a fire, it isn’t always easy.
The next best way is to use chemicals to kill the bad stuff in the water. Chemicals like iodine can kill bacteria and parasites, while leaving behind the water itself (note: this works in most cases, some organisms require a higher concentration of the chemical to die. This isn’t ideal, but it is better than dying of thirst).
One of the easiest ways is to use a filter, like a hand-pump straw. These are like the filters that many people use in their kitchen or bathroom, but on a much smaller scale. They can pull out most solids and usually kill most bacteria and parasites as well (remember, nothing is perfect). The only problem is they don’t work without clean water to put through them in the first place.
The last way (that I can think of right now) is the most complex. It involves taking the water, putting it through a filter, boiling it, and then putting it through the filter again. This removes most everything and guarantees that the water is safe to drink.
The easiest way is to use a special filter like the lifestraw. These are easy to find online and in sporting goods stores, especially the larger ones. They have a filter inside that removes most solids and organisms, while letting the water pass through. You can find them in different sizes, but I would go with the largest one you can find. You don’t want to have to change the filter or empty it very often.
Another way is to boil the water. It kills just about everything, but you need a fire and the water must be boiled long enough and hard enough to kill everything.
The last common way is to use chlorine or iodine tablets to sanitize the water. This works well, but as I said earlier, not everything is killed with these methods.
In this situation though having some water that is close to being safe is better than having none at all, so use your best judgment.
There are other ways to get water, but they are much less common and probably wouldn’t help you right now.
You can capture and reuse “waste” water. This could be water from washing yourself, from cooking, or even from the sink in a pinch. Just make sure to scrub everything really well and to boil or chemically treat this water as well before using it for drinking.
You can find natural springs in the ground. These can be a life saver in the desert, but they are unpredictable, and hard to find.
Although very unlikely, there could be snow on the ground in the mountains if you are high enough. You can melt this for water the same way you would use a spring.
Finally, you can distill standing water, like lakes and puddles. This is complicated and involves a few steps. First, you need some sort of container to gather the water in. You also need a fire to boil the water. Then, you need to make a simple still to separate the water from the rest of the stuff in the container.
This requires a lot of energy and work, so I hope you’re up for it!
Well those are your options. There are others I haven’t mentioned too, but these are pretty much your only solid choices if you’re in the middle of nowhere with nary a convenience store in sight.
Your call, but I hope you make the right one.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Cover member for rain gutters (EH Otto – US Patent 4,866,890, 1989 – Google Patents)
- Rain gutter cover (JA Sapia – US Patent 5,305,562, 1994 – Google Patents)
- Cover apparatus for rain gutters (GW Beyers – US Patent 6,745,516, 2004 – Google Patents)
- Removable rain gutter protection devices and rain gutters incorporating same (S Hedrick – US Patent 8,261,493, 2012 – Google Patents)
- Cover member for rain gutters (EH Otto – US Patent 4,945,690, 1990 – Google Patents)
- Rain water run-off disperser (RL Schapker – US Patent 3,939,616, 1976 – Google Patents)