When it’s clear that you could benefit from a rain chain, you’ll need to ensure that its installed properly. Copper rain chains are a beautiful alternative for guiding rain to runoff channels around your home. The installation of a rain chain requires that you install it in a gutter along the roof and then secure the end of the chain into the ground. Make sure you have good drainage so you don’t have any standing water that could draw mosquitoes.
Place the Rain Chain Optimally
Decide where you would like to see rain chains. Then after locating the spot on the gutter where you would like to see the chain hanging, drill a hole into the gutter’s bottom in that spot. Secure the rain chain to the gutter’s hole using a hook that spans the distance from one side of the hole to the other. You can test the rain chain by pouring water directly into the gutter. Watch the flow of water through the hole. You should see the rain chain channel the water down to the ground.
Chains Direct the Water to the Ground
It’s important that the rain chain doesn’t simply send the water to a puddle on the ground. Instead, dig a sizable hole and fill it with river rock to enable the draining of the rain chain into the ground. Set a stone jar or pot on top of the river rock. Drill holes into the bottom of the stone jar or pot. Fill the stone jar with river rock and secure the rain chain in the jar, so the water will always be directed into the jar filled with rock and drain into the rocked filled hole.
With or Without Gutters, Use Rain Chains
If the homeowner does not have gutters, they can also use rain chains. Without a gutter, the rain chain should be attached to a water reservoir or bucket that captures the water when it rains. As long as the home has a sloping roof, a rain chain is an excellent way to direct water to the ground. To make sure, you have found the best spot to position the bucket, wait until it rains and then watch the flow of water. Find the most effective spot to place the bucket.
No Gutter, Rain Chains
It’s best to find a corner of your roof where the water comes off the roof in a vertical stream. This is usually best where two parts of the roof converge. After finding the perfect spot, hang the bucket there. Attach the bucket to the soffit with an eye-hook. Drill a hole into the bottom of the bucket. This is where you will attach an S-hook to secure the rain chain. Follow the same directions to direct the flow of water to the ground.
Rain chains can be beautiful additions to a home with or without gutters. The directing of water away from the base of your home protects it from water runoff. Ultimately, the homeowner will save money and extend the life of his property. Rain, while it seems harmless can cause a lot of damage to a home when it’s not directed away from the structural properties of the home. The rain chain seems irrelevant, but it could save your home.