The Gutter Mate filter goes a long way to solving the age old problem associated with guttering and drainpipe systems on buildings. Gutters get filled with leaves, stones, sand and moss. The result can be blockages or the over flowing of the gutters, this in turn can lead to damp penetrating the walls of your building or damp getting to the roof joists. Because the filter filters all of the rain water going down the downpipe the filter protects your soakaway from blockage by leaves or moss which are washed down the downpipe.
The diverter has an automatic cut off. When the water butt is full the rain water backs up the hose and overflows out of the main oultlet of the filter into your Soakaway or Drain, both of which are protected by the unique feature of the Gutter Mate filter, which filters all the water which goes down the downpipe into your water butt, Soakaway or drain.
It has the second water-conservation feature of also being able to re-direct water to a water butt or other storage container. Now you don't have to turn on the tap to water your garden, simply re-use what comes off the roof.
The Gutter Mate is designed to accept 68mm, 76mm and 80mm diameter and 65mm and 75mm square downpipes, without any adaptors or reducers, other than the square to round adaptor supplied with the filter, if needed as per the instructions. This adaptor is used if your square downpipe is fitted using “close fitting mounting brackets” to your house. If the downpipe is fitted with “standoff mounting brackets”, the square to round adaptor is not needed.
If the downpipe is larger than 80mm you will need a male to female reducer to get into the top of the filter. The Gutter Mate filter should not be used on downpipes larger than 100mm diameter and if using this diameter of downpipe consideration should be given as to the total roof area the filter is collecting water from.
Two common sizes of downpipe for Greenhouses, sheds and garages are 50 and 40mm diameter downpipes. The filter can be used on these downpipes, when using these sizes a male female reducer will be needed for connection to the main outlet of the filter, either 68mm female to 40mm male or 68mm to 50mm.
Instructions for Use: Cut the drainpipe to fit the height of the drainage tub or water butt. As per the instruction PDF below. Make sure the pipe is securely refastened to the wall. Attach the filter base, then basket. If you don't want to save the rainwater, there is a blanking cap in the box, which fits over the diverter outlet.
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You have to cut out a big section of downpipe to fit the guttermate, which I knew and wasn't an issue. However, what I didn't know until opening the box and seeing the instructions is that you also need to put a downpipe clip above and below the guttermate. I guessed this might have been the case, so bought some anyway. The other thing I didn't know about until reading to the bottom of the instructions is that you are supposed to clip the elbow joint into the main diverter housing with some silicon sealant to stop it leaking.
My other gripe is that the flexible tube is delivered in the box folded in two. This just creates a massive kink in the tube, which is very difficult to straighten out.
The water does get through into the water butt, however not without dripping from the elbow joint (I didn't happen to have silicon sealant knocking around at the time I installed it, in the rain).
Could have been a 5-star product if they included a small tube of silicon sealant in the box, and made it clear in the description before you buy that you also need additional downpipe clips.
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