+ What are the benefits of rainwater harvesting?

Anyone who grows indoor or outdoor plants can benefit from a rain barrel. About 40% of a typical household's water use goes to watering lawns and gardens, which make rain barrels a convenient way to collect and provide free water during periods of draught and water restrictions. Rain barrels can also help save money on water or electricity bills. The collected water is healthier for plants because it contains no chlorine or added salts.

Using rain barrels can reduce your eco footprint. Harvesting rainwater reduces runoff, excess water that flows across the surface of the land when it rains or snows, which can lead to flooding and erosion. Runoff can carry pesticides, fertilizers and other contaminants, leading to pollution of streams, lakes and rivers.

+ What makes Fiskars Rainwater Harvesting Systems different than other manufactured or homemade rain barrels?

You can find these at your local hardware, DIY or home center stores. The cost ranges from $5.00 to $20.00.

+ Is there anything I should not use the collected water for?

Collected rain water can be used for container and indoor plants, car, bike and boat washing, rinsing outdoor furniture or lawn tools and rinsing other items like muddy shoes. Water from a rain barrel is not suitable for human or animal consumption.

+ Why is the water collected in my rain barrel good for my garden?

Water collected in rain barrels contains no chlorine or added salts. Additionally, rainwater does not “shock” plants the way cold water from a garden hose does.

+ My roof is small. Is it worth trying collecting rain in a rain barrel?

Yes! A roof area of only 1000 square feet can provide approximately 600 gallons of water during a 1 inch rainfall. Water running off a 500 square foot roof will fill up a 57 gallon barrel in less than an hour in a 2/10 inch rainfall.

+ Are there any restrictions or laws about harvesting rain water or using rain barrels?

Some states and municipalities have rainwater harvesting laws. Be sure to check local regulations before installing and using a rain harvesting system.

+ Can I paint my rain barrel?

Yes, paints made for Polyethylene plastic will work. Check with your local hardware or home store for the best options.

+ What should I consider when choosing a rain barrel size and style?

Style and color choices are based on personal preference. Fiskars rain barrels are designed to compliment your home’s exterior and finish. The difference in the amount of water you will collect in the 48, 57 and 58 gallons is not significant.

+ Does Fiskars offer a warranty on rain barrels?

Yes, Fiskars offers a 3 Year Limited Warranty on all Rainwater Harvesting Systems.

Fiskars Brands, Inc. warrants to the original purchaser that its Rain Barrel products are free from defects in materials and workmanship appearing under normal use within three (3) years after the date of purchase. This warranty does not cover damage to Rain Barrel products caused by abuse, acts of God, your failure to follow product instructions, mishandling or unauthorized repair. THIS WARRANTY IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER EXPRESS WARRANTIES; AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED TO THE DURATION OF THIS WARRANTY. IN NO EVENT WILL FISKARS BRANDS, INC. BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts and/or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation and/or the above exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. As its sole responsibility and your sole remedy for any warranted defect, Fiskars Brands, Inc. will replace any Rain Barrel containing a warranted defect, free of charge, with proof of purchase and notification within a reasonable period of time (but no longer than 6 months) following the discovery of such defect. For warranty service, email or call 1-866-348-5661.

+ What is DiverterPro™?

DiverterPro™ is Fiskars’ new rainwater diverter that features a removable filter to capture debris and transparent door to see if cleaning is needed. DiverterPro™ has an improved capture rate during heavier rains and is easy to clean and winterize. DiverterPro™, available January 2010, includes a 3”x4” diverter, 2”x3” couplers, spigot, connector hose, connector and filter.