|Atlas Home Improvement offers several water management solutions in addition to our standard gutter systems, including Rainchains, Rain Barrels and Underground Trenching services.
What is a Rainchain?
Rainchains originated hundreds of years ago in Japan as a way to help control water from the eavestrough to the ground. This was before running water was used in homes and the fresh water was then collected and used for everyday tasks such as washing clothes, cleaning dishes and cooking. A rainchain's design provides both a functional path for water as well as a serene experience as the water cascades and flows through the decorative links. In fact, a rainchain has essentially the same function as a downspout - the only difference is you can see the water as it flows down the chain and around the loops or cups.
Where should a rainchain be used?
As water management experts, Atlas believes that rainchains should be used strategically. They should never be used in place of a primary downspout location. If a homeowner would like to use a rainchain as an architectural detail or an aethetic addition to their landscaping, we recommend adding a rainchain "in addition" to the primary downspout on the gutter run. However, there are also situations where a traditional downspout will either not work or will look awkward such as around a porch in which the only way to bring a downspout down would be a column. To avoid hanging a noticeable downspout off a column, a rainchain becomes the perfect solution to contolling rainwater in this area.