Rutland has released three new models of downspout diverters - rain collection diverters. In addition to the existing 3"x4" corrugated rectangular model, Rutland has now added a seamless round downspout diverter, a seamless square downspout diverter and a crimped round downspout diverter to it's offerings. All of Rutland's custom downspout diverters are available in standard downspout sizes including: 3", 4", 5" or 6" round (smooth or crimped); 3" or 4" square (smooth); 3"x4" or 4"x5" rectangular (corrugated); other custom sizes are also available. Rutland's downspout rain diverters are available in either aluminum or pure copper. These corrosion resistant all metal heavier gauge materials ensure excellent durability, weathering ability and long life. All downspout diverter models feature a simple yet very reliable metal two-way valve or valve flap, that promotes maximum rain water flow without restriction and provides decades of trouble-free performance. Aluminum rain diverters are available in mill finish aluminum (unfinished - paintable) or else may be ordered pre-painted in one of Rutland's many gutter - downspout colors. Copper rain diverters are available in heavier gauge pure unfinished copper or may even be ordered in a custom pre-patinated finish to better match existing weathered copper gutter systems.
Additional information on Rutland's downspout diverters may be viewed on their Downspout Diverter - Rain Diverter webpage, including CAD design drawings of their various downspout diverter models. Rutland Gutter Supply also supplies all the downspout extensions, downspout elbows, downspout offsets, downspout goose-necks, downspout funnels, downspout strainers, downspout clean-outs, downspout brackets, downspout adapters and other downspout parts you require to properly install a downspout diverter - rain barrel diverter. Downspout rain diverters can be used for rain water harvesting or rain water collection in a rain barrel or in one of many different shapes and styles of water storage tank. Diverted and collected rain water is used for many purposes including gardening, irrigation and washing. Rain water is free, naturally soft, without the sediment, hardness and chemicals found in regular tap water or in well water, is usually healthier for plants and also cleans well without leaving typical hardness spots or scum left after washing. Downspout rain diverters are eco-friendly and also integral part of green design.
If you wish to add optional first flush capability to your downspout diverter, a downspout T-Adaptor with an appropriately sized bottom extension connected will do the job. First flush routes the first flow of rain water away from your rain barrel or water storage tank and eliminates much of the contaminants lying on your roof such as dust, dirt, pollen, insects, residues, bird and rodent droppings. Larger debris should be filtered by a combination of gutter screens, downspout strainers and a downspout cleanout located upstream (higher) from the diverter. The downspout cleanout either box or inline types, allows you to more easily empty out filtered debris and minimized servicing of your T-Adaptor's first flush extension or standpipe. The T-Adaptor extension will be capped on the bottom and have very small (pin-hole) drain holes near the bottom which allows the water to gradually drain out, perhaps routed over to a planted area. During a rain shower the bottom portion of the T-pipe extension will first fill with the rain water until the level reaches the horizontal outlet then subsequent rain water will exit the T-adaptor and drain into your water tank or rain barrel. Recommended first flush rain water diversion is at least a gallon of water per 100 square feet of rain collection area. For example: say you are using 4 inch round downspout pipe, then you would need a 18 inch length of extension pipe per gallon while 6 inch downspout pipe only requires about 8 inches extension length to hold a gallon. If your one downspout services say 400 sq feet of roof area, the first flush T-adaptor extension would need to be 32 inches in length using 6 inch diameter pipe or 72 inches (12 feet) in length using 4 inch round downspout pipe. Depending on how often it rains, amount of debris accumulation and how well you filter out debris and sediment upstream, you will need to occasionally remove the bottom cap of your first flush extension, to clean out accumulated debis or residual sediment to keep the bottom drain hole open and unobstructed. The pinhole drain hole(s) should be located higher than absolute bottom of the capped extension to prevent residual sediment from quickly clogging the small drain hole(s).