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    DIY Junior Member Summertime's Avatar
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    Default Cistern problem

    We put in a concrete cistern when we moved into our house 11 years ago. It's been a great help for our vegetables and perennials since we're on a well. Any rain we get is channeled from the gutters on half our house into the cistern. We just had two inches of rain. That amount fills the cistern, but when we went to use it, only a few inches was in the bottom. I can't figure out what's happening. And how can we determine what the problem is?

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    Make sure your water lines are closed off, add some water to the cistern and see if it gets out. You either have a water line open, the tank is cracked, or the rain gutter is plugged up. I just cleaned out my gutters, the leaves were not letting a drop out the downspout.

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    Ja, my guess is that the gutters are plugged. I just cleaned mine too.

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    Lives in a condo, doesn't worry about cleaning gutters.

    No garage though.......

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