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How to winterize your rain barrel

Before winter, protect your rain barrel!

  • Empty and rinse the rain barrel with a garden hose.
  • Remove the spigot and consider using olive oil to lubricate the ball valve.
  • Disconnect all hoses and consider placing them and the spigot inside the barrel for safe storage.
  • Do not permit water to enter the barrel during winter. Water expands when it freezes and even a small amount can cause a rain barrel to crack. 
  • Strong winter winds can send an empty rain barrel rolling away. Consider storing the barrel in a basement, garage or under a deck. 
  • If storing the barrel outside, to ensure water does not enter the rain barrel, consider turning it upside down or laying it on its side.

Source: https://rainbarrel.ca/