When I unwrap my rain barrels after the winter, I give them a quick inspection before putting them back in service. How did they fare this winter? Could they use a refresher sealcoat before they’re filled? Are they water-tight? Are the hoses in good shape? Best to take the time now to make sure they’re ready, than to have to unhook them for repair in mid-Summer. “A stitch in time saves nine,” my mom used to say. It still holds true today.