The Leaf Eater® Original with The Hood keeps leaves and debris out of your pipes and tank to prevent clogging, blockages, anaerobic fermentation and tannin leaching.
The Hood is a great way to ensure your rain heads are capturing the most water from your downpipes. An added benefit of The Hood is that it also minimizes splashing that might occur on a leaf-shedding rain head. This can be particularly useful if your rain heads are located above walkways, patios, or other high traffic areas.
Maintaining your rain head is as simple as lifting the Hood cover up your inlet pipe, then brushing or washing the debris away from the screen.
Rain Heads filter leaves and debris out of your downpipes with their 955 micron screens. They also minimise splashing to increase the volume of rainwater you harvest.
Rain Heads secure the system with the 955 micron mosquito-proof screens that prevent insects and other animals from entering and breeding or living in your downpipes.
Locate the position at which you will be installing your Leaf Eater Original rain head. Whether this is directly under your eave or midway down your downpipe, it should be a minimum of 500mm above your tank inlet and tank overflow pipe. Depending on the volume of water being moved and whether or not you’re “pushing water” over long runs, the rain head may need to be mounted more than 1.2 metres above the discharge point.
For installation on a vertical downpipe directly under your gutter, measure 225mm from the bottom of your exisiting gutter outlet and remove this section of downpipe. For installation under your eaves or midway down your downpipe, remove a 225mm section of pipe at your desired installation point. Ensure all cut edges are clean and smooth.
Remove The Hood screen.
Insert your Leaf Eater Original rain head by sliding it up behind the top section of downpipe or the gutter outlet and then down into position.
Connect your Leaf Eater Original rain head to the downpipe using a socket or slip coupling. DO NOT glue it to the pipe. Instead, secure with a screw for easy removal.
Reinsert the screen into your rain head. Ensure the screen sits firmly in place and check installation is secure.
Slide The Hood cover up the top section of pipe and lower the bottom skirt into the corresponding channel on the screen. If your inlet pipe is 100mm or 4”, you will need to cut away the multi fit inlet so your inlet pipe can fit inside.
Slide The Hood cover up your inlet pipe and remove The Hood screen.
With the screen removed, either brush off or wash the debris from the screen.
Reinsert the screen to the Leaf eater Original body, making sure the screen is fully seated all the way around and flush with the body.
Reinstall the cover, making sure that the skirt around the edge is fully seated in the corresponding channel on the screen.
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 licensed 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.
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.
Yes. Upgrade screens are available for both new and old Leaf Eater and Leaf Beater rain heads. The patented Clean Shield Screens keeps leaves, debris, mosquitos and larger pests out of your pipes – no second screen required.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Leaf Eater Original is our trusted, original, all-round rain head. It features a primary self-cleaning stainless steel screen with a 5.4mm aperture (hole size) and a secondary mosquito-proof 955 micron stainless steel screen.
The Leaf Eater Ultra is the result of many years of research, development and refinement. It features a patented VH Pivot for installation on horizontal and vertical downpipes, a sleek anti-splash cover and a patented Hydro Activated Filtration screen system for maximum leaf shedding.
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.