Rain Harvesting Leaf Eater Slimline
A sleek, streamlined rain head with an anti-splash cover, the Leaf Eater Slimline is ideal for decks, verandas, posts and aesthetically-sensitive homes.
Contemporary look, high performance
Featuring an anti-splash cover and sleek, streamlined casing, the Leaf Eater Slimline is our most aesthetically-sensitive rain head. But don’t be fooled by its attractive appearance. It still effectively filters your water at high flow rates so you don’t compromise on performance.
Maintain with ease
Rather than shedding leaves and debris onto your deck or other areas, the Leaf Eater Slimline collects them inside its anti-splash cover. When the rain head requires emptying, a red overflow flag automatically appears. Simply empty it and reset – too easy.
Improve rainwater quality and quantity
With its mosquito-proof 955 micron stainless steel screen, the Leaf Eater Slimline stops leaves, debris, mosquitoes and other pests from getting into your downpipes and rain harvesting system. This gives you better quality water and more of it – all with a great-looking rain head.
Gutter, eave & “mid” mount
- Locate the position at which you want to install your Leaf Eater Slimline rain head. This may be directly under your gutter/eave or mid-way down your vertical downpipes. Wherever you choose to install it, your Leaf Eater Slimline rain head must be a minimum of 500mm above your tank inlet and tank overflow pipe.
- Remove a 270mm section of downpipe at the point of installation. Ensure all cut edges are clean and smooth.
- Pull out the filter body from your Leaf Eater Slimline rain head.
- Note the orientation of the rear body – an arrow is located on the inside face to show which direction is up.
- Apply glue to the bottom pipe and insert into your Leaf Eater Slimline.
- Insert the top pipe into your Leaf Eater Slimline. This can also be glued if desired.
- Firmly reinsert the filter body into your installed rear body. Ensure there are no gaps between the rear mounted body and filter body.
- If desired, you can paint your rain head and cover to match your downpipes or building.
How high should I install my Leaf Eater rain head?
Rain heads must be installed so they are higher than the inlet on your rainwater tank. This is necessary to allow water to flow through the pipework to your tank and to avoid water overflowing from your rain head.
If you have a wet rain harvesting system (a system where pipes feeding your tank sit below the level of the tank inlet and hold water), you should install your rain head a minimum of 500mm (19.6″) above the height of your tank inlet. Where possible, we recommend that you maximise the height of your rain head in relation to your tank inlet even further. This may be especially necessary if you have a longer wet system.
For best results, consult a licenced plumber to discuss the optimal height of your rain heads so you can avoid damage to your property, risks to your personal safety and other negative consequences of water overflowing from your rain heads.
Should I mount my Leaf Eater rain head at the gutter or on the wall?
The ideal location for a rain head is directly beneath your gutter outlet at the fascia board or eaves. Where access is difficult – for example, on a two-storey house – your rain head can be installed “mid” mount on the wall lower down away from the gutter. When selecting your installation point, it’s important to consider the height of your rainwater tank inlet, as your rain head should be installed a minimum of 500mm (19.6″) above the height of your tank inlet. Your chosen installation point should tread the balance between maximum height in relation to the height of your tank inlet, and safe and easy accessibility for maintenance.
Can I paint my Leaf Eater rain head?
Yes. All the rain heads in our Leaf Eater range can be painted to match your home or building. Check with your local paint retailer to ensure you select a product that’s suitable for use with plastic.
I have pine needles. Which Leaf Eater rain head should I use?
All our Leaf Eater rain heads are suitable for use in areas with pine needles. However, due to the fine size of the needles, more regular maintenance will be required to remove any pine needle debris from your rain head.
My Leaf Eater rain head is overflowing. Why is this happening?
The most common reason a rain head overflows is insufficient or irregular maintenance. Check and clean your rain head screens regularly to ensure they continue to function optimally.
Alternatively, your rain head may overflow if there is insufficient “fall” from the rain head to the tank inlet – in other words, if your rain head is not positioned high enough in relation to the height of your rainwater tank inlet. A height difference between your rain head and tank inlet is necessary to allow water to be pushed through your rain harvesting system under gravity.
Will my Leaf Eater rain head splash water into my covered patio area?
Rain heads with an open “face” have an angled, self-cleaning screen designed to minimise splashing as leaves and debris are deflected away from the flow of water. This applies to all our rain heads that feature our Clean Shield screens, as well as the Leaf Eater Original.
If you are still concerned about splashing, consider choosing a rain head with an anti-splash cover such as the Leaf Eater Slimline or Leaf Eater Ultra.
What’s the difference between each rain head in the Leaf Eater range?
All our Leaf Eater rain heads feature mosquito-proof screens and are designed to keep leaves, debris, mosquitoes and other pests out of your downpipes and rain harvesting system. Several of our rain heads feature patented VH pivots for installation on horizontal and vertical downpipes, some feature anti-splash covers and some feature additional technology such as our Hydro Activated Filtration screen system and red overflow indicator flags.