Updated: Dec 14, 2021
Our home was built in 1830 and after a couple of extensions it had 3 basements under 3 living sections with separate roofs. One of the first orders of business in a new old home is to ensure that the basements are dry and free from the dangers of rain run-off. The basement under the kitchen was the wettest and clearly had rain water quickly and continuously entering it. To remedy this I set about adding brick patios set at an angle of one foot drop in every 10 feet of run away from the house. I also had to ensure that the down spouts exited away from the house foundation and the basement beneath. One of the artifacts that had turned up on the farm was an original hand carved drain stone - which was perfect for a decorative rain chain next to our porched entrance and driveway. The downpipe here was attached to the house and exited water within inches of the foundation - removing it showed that its close proximity to the house trim had also been trapping excessive damp - caught just in time I set about redesigning this area to incorporate the drain stone a rain chain and be the start of a dry riverbed. I found that the commercial Chinese rain chain kits needed accessories to mount them into your gutters. These were too close to the house already, so I added a bend and a short straight length to mount a mid section bottom exit that I converted from a commercial kit, this allowed storm flow water to bypass the chain entrance and shoot from the down pipe section a further 5 feet from the house. To make this more decorative I added a custom copper dragon head reminiscent of the gargoyle rain spouts on European cathedrals.
This rain chain is right outside my lounge window and is a
pleasure to watch as it rains year round. I was excitedly anticipting the freeze of winter to see icicles!