In wet and rainy places like Vancouver rain chains are becoming increasingly popular. They are a great addition to any drainage system and have the advantage of being beautiful. In climates with a lot of rain they can be a great addition when paired with traditional downspouts. The chains can also sound quite nice because they make waterfall like sounds as water winds down them.
Rain chains originate in Japan, an aesthetic origin you can notice in many of the designs, and are becoming more and more popular across North America as a pleasant addition to the exterior of one’s home. Some rain chains are designed as actual chains with chain links while others have decorative cups that drain into one another.
Rain chains are most commonly located near doors, windows or outdoor areas with landscaping so that homeowners can enjoy them and they can be easily seen.
Locations where downspouts may be noisy or drip are an ideal location for a replacement with a rain chain. Noise will be reduced and where it does exist it will be replaced with a peaceful sound that can be quite calming.
Rain chains are most commonly made with copper and brass. The copper turns a lovely rusty green colour over time. The brass will turn a dark brown.
The biggest risk with rain chains is that if they’re not properly installed, planned, or located they could lead to drainage problems. Improper drainage can result in numerous problems like foundation issues and mould. Pooled water can also provide a breeding ground for insects.
If you’re funnelling water to the wrong part of your yard or property then you can end up with puddles and wet patches. Be careful how new drainage may affect your neighbours.
Your home’s drainage system is at its best when it wicks water away to an appropriate location. You do not want it near your home or in low areas. Keep this in mind when considering any changes to your drainage system.
Rain chains are able to handle less water than traditional downspouts so you should use them in tandem and in different parts of your drainage system. If you live in a wet and rainy climate it is best to pair them with backup downspouts. In this way you can place rain chains in highly visible locations or areas of the yard where you spend a lot of time and have downspouts in other parts of the exterior.
In areas with high winds it may not be possible to use rain chains.
Water coming off rain chains needs to be drained or collected properly to guide it as part of your overall drainage system. They often drain into a hole, gutter, drain or a rain barrel.
Depending on the scale of the project rain chains are easy and simple to install. Some homeowners will add small rain chains as a water feature while others will install new drainage based around rain chains. If you want to add a larger rain chain a professional can help you to assess drainage, anchor the chain and install the chain on the roof.
North Shore Home Services offers a variety of types and styles of rain chains.