Tips & Troubleshooting
Here's where you can learn all there is to know about the use and care of your rain gauge. If you have questions about shipping, returns or any other questions not answered here, head over to our FAQs page.
For best results, place your rain gauge at least 15' from buildings, trees or other obstructions. Try to keep it as straight as possible.
To check your gauge’s calibration, pour 1.1 fluid ounces (or 7 teaspoons) of water into the collection flute. The tube should rise to show 1 inch. Be aware that local rainfall amounts can vary drastically, even over a small area.
If the tube is not rising, check the following:
Has the foam float deteriorated? That can happen sometimes. You'll need to replace the foam.
Be sure the foam float is in place and even with the bottom of the measurement tube.
Is there debris of any kind in the tube? Mold, dirt and other funk can impede the smooth operation of the rain gauge. Use a SOFT bottle brush to clean the inside of the tube. Do not use WD-40 or other lubricants inside the rain gauge!
If the tube is moving freely within the outer collection flute and the foam is in good condition but you're still not getting a reading, you may have a leak. It can happen. Bring the gauge inside and fill it in the sink. Set the gauge on a plate or in a cup to catch any water. Let it sit for a while -- leaks can be sneaky and take some time to reveal themselves. Check to see if any water has leaked out.
Occasionally rinse out the measurement tube and copper or resin flute. You can clean the blue tube and the inside of the flute with warm, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly before putting it back outside.
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