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Rain Barrel Installation

If you live in Toronto or Hamilton, a lot of rain will be coming through your gutter system, keeping in mind that Toronto receives an annual rainfall of 785 mm. So, what do you do with all this water?
Rain barrels are containers that collect runoff water from your gutter system. They connect to the downspout, which in turn connects to the eavestrough. You then connect hose or spigot connectors to drain the water for use on the landscape. You can grow your plants from water that is devoid of the minerals and chemicals characteristic of municipal water supply. With a rain barrel, you will be doing your part in protecting the environment since you reduce the volume of runoff that enters the storm sever, thereby keeping fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals out of water bodies. Collecting rainwater also keeps it from your foundation, basement, and crawl space.

In case you are wondering, it is not illegal to collect rain water in Canada. However, rainwater collection is regulated by provincial bylaws, regulations, standards, and codes and municipal by-laws. At D'Angelo & Sons, we know all the by-laws in Toronto and Hamilton and we will guide you throughout the installation process.

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    Important Considerations when Installing Rain Barrels

    The best place to install your rain barrel is near where you need to use the water. Since rain barrels supply low-pressure water, keep in mind that flow rate decreases as it empties and it is necessary to elevate the barrel to improve flow rate. If your water use requires more water pressure, you could always invest in a pump, but this is not necessary for such uses as drip irrigation. The low pressure is not suited for hose-end sprayers and sprinklers and you should, therefore, consider such options as garden hoses, water cans, and soaker hoses.

     

    To estimate how much rain water you will capture, the rule of thumb is that you get half a gallon per square foot for 1 inch of rainfall. However, factors like the slope of the roof and the placement of the downspout also affect the amount of water captured.

     

    You should make plans for overflow given Ontario’s high rainfall levels. Direct the overflow away from your home’s foundation. This could be through an overflow outlet or through a hose to drain the overflow. If you have the space, you could link barrels to collect even more water.

     

    Zinc and other chemicals are often applied on roofs to fight algae and moss. If this is the case for your roof, or if your roof/gutters are made of copper, do not use the runoff on edible plants

    Choosing Between Rain Barrels

    Your choice should be based on how much water you expect to collect and your personal preference such as your preferred design and color. Features to lookout for include:

     

    • Opening lid: If you will be using a watering can, you need a lid that can easily be opened and that is wide enough for this. If you have kids and pets around, a closed top or latched lid is the best option. You could go for a top that acts as a planter.
    • Debris screen: This keeps leaves, insects, and animals away.
    • Flat-back barrel: This fits close to the house, meaning the downspout would require less modification.
    • Water outlet: The outlet, be it a hose connection or a spigot, should be based on the intended use of the water. There are barrels that have second, higher outlets to fill water cans.
    • Collapsible design: This makes storage easier.
    • Hybrid/composter models: If you have limited space, you could go for hybrid/composter models that allow you to stack composters on top, with excess moisture from the composter draining into the reservoir to add more nutrients to the water.

    Using a Rain Barrel

    Water collected in a rain barrel is not fit for human consumption since it is untreated. Although the absence of chlorine, fluorine, and other chemicals is good for plants, it is not good for human beings and pets. The water is also not fit for washing food, cooking, or even washing your hands. Veggies and fruits grown using this water should be washed thoroughly in tap water before cooking and eating.

     

    To prevent a mosquito problem which is common in stagnant water, use debris screens. You should also caulk all gaps that may allow mosquitos entry. Since mosquitos can always enter through the gutters and through overflow outlets, use the water you collect promptly before their eggs hatch. You can also use anti-larval tablets to kill mosquito larvae.

     

    Using water promptly also prevents odors from developing and algae from growing. You should endeavor to use all the water before the next rain so you can get a fresh supply. Leave the spigot open when not collecting rainwater, with a hose connected or a splash block placed under it to prevent erosion and damage to the foundation. Whenever the barrel is not in use for extended periods, disconnect it from the downspout.

     

    Strong winds can cause the barrel to tip over, especially when empty. You should, therefore, always leave some water. Regular inspections for damage and leaks are necessary. At D’Angelo & Sons, we do installation, repairs, and cleaning (debris and sediment removal) to ensure your water barrel is working as it should.

     

    Toronto and Hamilton experience cold winters which can reach minus 20 degrees. Before winter sets in, drain the barrel and disconnect it from the downspout so that the downspout handles the runoff.

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    D'Angelo and Sons | Eavestrough Repair & Roofing Hamilton

    1475 Sandhill Drive #1, Ancaster

    4.5877 reviews

    • Avatarcolleen Hannah★★★★★4 weeks ago
      They did a great job on our roof, have had 0 problems since. The attention to detail including clean up for my dogs safety was perfect. They did such a great job we just had them do our eaves troughs too, they worked with us for new down spout placement that would be easier for me to cut the grass around etc. Recommended them to our friend next door who just has all of his stuff done buy them and he loves it too. Thank you very much you guys are great!!!!
    • AvatarRob L★★★★★2 months ago
      We just had the roof of our house re-shingled as well as our pool and garden sheds. Carlos Senior and crew foreman Derek along with his team were outstanding. Their quality to detail, workmanship and professionalism was fantastic. The final product looks amazing. We would highly recommend D’Angelo and Sons Roofing. Simply a wonderful experience. Outstanding team!
    • AvatarAlex Bevacqua★★★★a month ago
      This is our second time using D'Angelo & Son's. Several years back, they did a fabulous job on our roof, so we decided to call on them again for our gutters, which by now were leaking pretty badly. Both Jeremie and Jennifer provided us with great customer service, and Dalton and Patrick did a great job on install. Great experience overall, and continue to recommend them to friends and family.
    • AvatarLydia Baker★★★★★a week ago
      D’Angelo roofing company were awesome! The crew members for both jobs, roof and new eavesdrop, were extremely professional, courteous, very pleasant and extremely hard workers who did an amazing job! We would HIGHLY recommend this company!!!! We are extremely happy with an awesome job well done!
    • AvatarMadelyne Maingot★★★★★4 months ago
      My fiance and I are new first-time home owners. I called for an estimate/assessment of what might be the cause of some mold in the corner of an upstairs room (corner of the house), and they were very friendly on the phone and explained a few options of what might be going on. David stopped by yesterday and checked it out - he was very honest in letting us know our roof was not the problem, nor were our eaves troughs leaking. This was very reassuring and showed honesty and integrity. He did provide a quote for new eaves troughs to us, as they are in fact old, and while they are not necessarily failing, it would be smart to upgrade soon. We will think of D'Angelo and Sons for any of our roofing and eaves trough needs going forward.
    • AvatarEunice Peralta★★★★★3 months ago
      We had D’Angelo and Sons install a custom built front door and our neighbours can’t stop talking about it. Alper made great recommendations, answered our questions, followed up with us throughout the process. I heard they were good at roofing but I had no idea they could do doors as well. We’ll be having D’Angelo and Sons installing our new windows next year too, highly recommend this company
    • AvatarK Miller★★★★★a month ago
      We had Phil out to give us a quote on our eaves due to eavestrough issues. Phil used a drone to identify our problem. He gave us a quote for eaves, drip edge and leaf guards. Shortly after the quote an appointment was set up for the job. When the installers came out to my place on they were on time and very polite. After the job was complete we had a couple of small concerns. Matt DiNola came out in a timely manner and addressed my concerns and had them fixed very quickly. Matt was very professional, helpful and very polite. I would highly recommend D'Angelo to look after your roofing and eaves. Great job!
    • AvatarHerb H★★★★★3 months ago
      I am very pleased with the experience of having our roof replaced by D'Angelo and Sons. Dave was knowledgeable and helpful in determining our needs and options. His willingness to temporarily repair a portion of our roof where we had lost shingles in a high wind was especially appreciated.
      Jennifers communication was timely and thorough.She sent us pictures as requested also. Brandon's crew was hard working, seemed dedicated to doing good work, and communicated well with me. Cleanup was excellent. The bin removal and chimney flashing were done when Jennifer said they would be done.
      My next door neighbour asked me about my satisfaction with the roofing job. I told him that I was pleased and gave him Dangelo telephone number since he felt that his home's roof would need to be replaced soon as well.
      Thank you, best regards
      Herb
    • AvatarRob Lenjosek★★★★★3 months ago
      We just had the roof of our house re-shingled as well as our pool and garden sheds. Carlos Senior and crew foreman Derek along with his team were outstanding. Their quality to detail, workmanship and professionalism was fantastic. The final product looks amazing. We would highly recommend D’Angelo and Sons Roofing. Simply a wonderful experience. Outstanding team!
    • AvatarAlex Hamilton★★★★★5 months ago
      Janice Hamilton commenting - A huge thanks goes out to Tom for his courteous, prompt and professional service. My elderly aunt needed help ASAP and we were given the help and information we needed with no pressure. Carlos and his team came out quickly and finished the job within the time line promised. Both Tom and Carlos were friendly and easy to work with. We needed help and you came through - would definitely use again for future projects.
    • AvatarTracey Angelini★★★★★5 months ago
      Jeremie D. came to my house within an hour of my phone call to inspect siding that had come loose and a roof concern. This issue was creating water problems with my house. He was professional, courteous, and very respectful of Covid rules. He diagnosed the issue quickly. Jeremie fixed the siding and left us very happy and relieved customers. I would definitely recommend D'Angelo and use their services again. Ask for Jeremie!
    • AvatarMatthew St★★★★★6 months ago
      Jenn, The new roof is looking great. The replacement went quickly and smoothly once the materials made it out of the warehouse. At some point some old material made it onto my neighbour's driveway, but it was cleaned up and luckily the neighbours were understanding that roofing goes this way.
      Thanks for the new roof. It looks good and is holding up so far.
      Happy holidays,
    • AvatarS Smith★★★★★5 months ago
      Just wanted to thank Jenn and everyone at D'Angelo and Sons for the great new roof and eaves.
      From start to finish, Jenns service was prompt, thorough and very professional. Her texts, showing the work in progress while I was at work, made me confident that I made the right choice when I chose D'Angelo.
      Master roofer Jay and his crew did an excellent job, and left the yard and driveway cleaner than they found it at the end of each day. Even my neighbours complimented their work.
      David Vandenberg"s recommended 6" eaves with ice and leaf guards will last for years and complete a great look that I'm very pleased with.
      Thanks again, to you all.
      Shaun Smith
    • AvatarJ Melanson★★★★★7 months ago
      I would like to thank Jennifer for the work that was done on my roof. I appreciated your ability to answer all of my questions and your quick responses. Cody and his crew were an awesome group of individuals. Loved to watch them work so well together and the attention to detail when tidying up after the job was completed. Thanks again!!
    • AvatarM Vasconcelos★★★★★9 months ago
      From the moment we got our free estimate from Andrew F. we were excited about doing our new roof shingles, flashing and eavestrough. Andrew made great recommendations for services as well as colours that would match our home best. Jenn was a pleasure to work with, she always kept us updated with dates, progress and any changes that needed to happen with pictures so we could see what was going on with our old roof. Derek's crew was quick, clean and efficient they did a beautiful job on our new roof. Steve did an excellent, beautiful and clean job on our flashing it gives a great finish to our home and new roof. We appreciate how meticulous of a job all of the Crews did and we're excited to see how our new eavestrough will look and are looking forward to meeting the next awesome crew of the D'Angelo team. We appreciate how accommodating, professional and hassle-free you make roofing. Thanks everyone at D'Angelo and Sons Roofing!!!
      Maria and Allison Vasconcelos
    • AvatarA Crasto★★★★★9 months ago
      Overall our experience with D’Angelo & Sons Roofing was positive. Both our project coordinator Jenn and team lead Cody were very friendly and responsive to any questions we had. A few unexpected items arose on the project but the team was really good about adjusting their scope and delivering on time. The quality of the workmanship and attention to detail was high. We really appreciated the thorough clean up job the crew did on a daily basis. We have small children and no nails or dangerous materials were left on the ground around our home. Thank you!
      Launa & Alan Crasto
    • AvatarK Akileswaran★★★★★6 months ago
      Our sales rep Jeremie was very courteous and showed us options to do our roofing and eavestrough. We were impressed with his knowledge of the products and guidance to choose the products.
      Your project manager Jennifer Horner was always helpful, positive and keen to resolve all our concerns. She was very proactive to identify shingles with manufacturing defect and replacing them with a quick turn around. She was always warm, polite and highly focused on what she needed to achieve
      Your crew leader Cody was soft spoken, energetic, ethical and cooperative. He was always willing to listen and keep us informed.
      With these highly professional team you have, We would highly recommend your services to others.
    • AvatarJeanine Du Four★★★★★a year ago
      I was very pleased with the work D'Angelo and Sons roofing did for us. From the time Tom spent inspecting the roof and eavestroughs and his detailed explanations of what would be done, to Carlos' overseeing of the completion of the roof was fantastic. Both men did a great job. The crew was fantastic and the clean up was impeccable. When the men working on the eavestroughs came, they were quick, efficient, and meticulous. I couldn't have asked for more kind, hard working, conscientious people. Thank you!
    • AvatarJordan Moreau★★★★★a year ago
      David came to review a leak coming in to our garage where the garage meets the house. His inspection was thorough and was able to diagnose where the water was entering. I was impressed when he used our hose to find where water was entering. Our issue ended up not being the roof, but incorrectly installed flashing around a window above the garage, and some poorly installed drip channel. d'Angelo was able to send someone the same week and we have not experienced the leak since the repair was completed.
    • AvatarKrissy Pirbus★★★★★a year ago
      We had to have our entire roof and attic repaired and D’Angelo and Sons were amazing from the inspection to the repairs and the cleanup! Couldn’t have asked for a better team than our project manager Jennifer and Don and his crew. Thank you so much for keeping us informed every step of the way. They did a great job on the roof and a sparkling cleanup. We have already recommended them to our neighbours. Thanks again for a great job!
    • AvatarJackie Wald★★★★★a year ago
      Very professional, efficient installation. New eavestroughs look fantastic. Quality product. We’re very satisfied. Thanks to the crew!
    • AvatarAnthony Loverro★★★★★a year ago
      Carlos and his crew of Austin,Thomas and colin did a awesome job. The roof looks beautiful and a excellent job of cleaning up and very polite bunch of guys. Awesome experience and quality job...ty ty.
    • AvatarAaron and Katie Wignall★★★★★a year ago
      We recently had D’Angelo and Sons do our roof and eavestroughs and we are very pleased with the work and with the company as a whole. During this uncertain time of social distancing and businesses operating under heavy restrictions, we were worried about being able to have our roof looked at and repaired in a timely manner (we lost shingles during a wind storm a few weeks ago and had plywood exposed on our roof). D’Angelo and Sons came out right away, they made an assessment of our needs, provided a quote and left us feeling reassured. They kept in contact with us over the phone and were out working on our home in a matter of days. All of the staff were highly professional and polite. When the work was finished, they left our yard and driveway looking clean and followed up via telephone to make sure we were happy with the work completed. They made sure all of our needs were met and we would most definitely recommend them to anyone. We have had neighbours comment on the high quality job done and we are so impressed with the finished look. Thank you D’Angelo and Sons for your hard work and reassurances, especially during such a difficult time for everyone.
    • AvatarGord Stephan★★★★★a year ago
      Very happy with the job done. We had roof, insulation, eavestrough and lights installed and everything went very smoothly. The only change from the estimate was for new plywood sheathing required for some that had rotted. The project manager Jennifer and matt were excellent and kept us apprised all along the way. Overall very happy.
    • AvatarKathy Young Keefe★★★★★a year ago
      Great job on installing my new eaves. Always communicative and the team let me know about any issues that needed to be addresses such as the drip edge missing from the roof install. Highly recommend.
    • Avatarcolleen mcphee★★★★★2 years ago
      Jen Faria has been absolutely incredible during our home improvement and beautification process. She has been hardworking, caring, professional and full of sound advice. She truly has the best interest of her clients at heart. My husband and I would like to thank her for her patience and honesty while we explored numerous roofing, siding and fascia options. Great work Jen! Your really are a representative that your clients can trust.
    • AvatarDonna Suta★★★★a year ago
      I recently went through the process of speaking with the representatives of several roofing companies and getting estimates. I was able to narrow down my choices to two. One was D’Angelo & Sons Roofing
      The representative, Jennifer Faria was great. She represented her company well: from her personal appearance to her sales technique. Her personality is more than pleasant. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with her.
      I only gave 4 stars because I didn’t use D’Angelo & Sons Roofing to do the job. The company estimates came out consistently several thousands of dollars above that of another company I know that did my roof 22+ years previously. The transferable Warranty provided by D’Angelo & Sons Roofing is wonderful. If I was staying in my home I may have chosen them.
      However I am retired and selling my home to downsize. I am trying to save as much money as possible without compromising on quality.
      As I typed before, Jennifer is great. She sold the roof well, and I’m sorry I had to say no.
      Thank you,
      Donna Suta
    • AvatarJeremy Bannock★★★★★a year ago
      Jenn Faria helped me out with a quote for my roof and was excellent with providing us with all the answers to our questions as we went through the information. Would highly recommend speaking with her for your next roof project!
    • AvatarHeather Buttrum★★★★★a year ago
      I have been so impressed with the service at D'Angelo. David in the Hamilton location has truly gone above and beyond to make sure I understand the project, recommend honestly what I do and don't need, and even came out personally to temporarily repair some weak areas in my roof before a big storm (before they started the job!) so I wouldn't have any leaks in the meantime.

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