Is it difficult to install a rainwater system by yourself? Everything that you should know
More and more people are eager to install a rainwater system on their own. In this article, we’ll try to focus on whether you should do it by yourself or whether you should try to contact professionals for help? So, here’s everything that you should know about installing a rainwater system by yourself!
General obstacles and risks
If you have never ever had the chance or experience to work with cladding structures (like gutters and rainwater systems), it might not be a good idea to carry on with this job. Since it’s related to water, any kind of mistake or error will result in leaks, gaps and a great loss in overall efficiency.
Doing a passive system on your own is less straightforward because you need to do work in many areas, besides just cladding near the home. Whereas an active system involves more technical thinking and project skills that require knowledge in electricity as well as other skills. But, overall, a passive system is easier to complete as a DIY project, and an active system will require thorough completion as well as a more knowledgeable skillset.
Maintenance of the system
Another important factor to consider is the time and money that the system will require, in terms of maintenance. For starters, you do need a proper filtration system to prevent leaves, debris, dirt and other foreign objects from clogging the pipes and the system. That’s what the gutters are for. In theory, you’re going to need not too much maintenance, but in practice, that’s rarely the case, especially if the job is done in anything less than 100% accuracy.
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In terms of durability, most metal pipes and drainage systems can last over 30 years without any major repairs. However, plastic coated or painted surfaces might need some aesthetic work done sooner than that.
Costs and time that it takes
In terms of costs, it all depends on what kind of system will be installed. Usually, a 1,500-litre system can cost anywhere between 2 and 3 thousand British pounds per installation (that’s materials + labor included). However, you might be saving around 30-50% of that cost by doing the installation yourselves. But you will need to take into account the much longer period of time that it’s going to take for the system to be fully completed. Running costs are almost negligible for modern systems, hence, break-even points happen around 15-40 years after the installation.
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