Rain, for all its great benefits to the world, is still a challenge for the modern homeowner. From avoiding erosion caused by roof streams in heavy, concentrated downpours to avoiding flooding after even mild storms, the careful homeowner needs to bring some clever thinking to avoid water damage issues while still adding value to the home. Here are a few protection and design concepts to keep your home and yard investments valuable when the rain starts pouring.

The Standard For Slow, Directed Rainfall

One yard nuisance that happens during rainy days is yard erosion. It's not the yard or the rain's fault; a house is in the way, and the shape of most roof structures will guide water into focused streams that are heavier and focused on a specific location.

All yard areas directly below the edges of the roof are subject to erosion, but corners and trenches in the roof design are especially bad for causing these focused water hammers or water drills that pummel away at the soil. This loosens grass and weed roots, and can leave bare soil.

Gutters or eavestroughs (a localized name for gutters) solve the problem partially by directing water to specific areas and adjusting the water flow. Water is given time to slow down and distribute into a less drastic stream, reducing the damage that takes place at the soil. They can still be a problem, as a poorly-installed gutter can be like a ramp for water that just creates a more distant problem while requiring cleaning and other maintenance.

A More Innovative Rain Management Solution

An innovative solution would be rain chains. The rain chain design is similar to eavestroughs, in that they guide the rainfall into a specific area and direction. Rain chains differ in that the water is moving along textured, more complex obstacles instead of rolling down a hollow slide.

The most basic rain chain creates a slow trickle because of the way that water travels in average rain conditions. Except for the heaviest downpours, rain will have multiple surfaces to cling to while losing mass. Chain links create valleys, dips, and changing directions that make flow even more difficult, resulting in a slower and less drastic impact.

Of course, chains alone may not be enough for heavier rain patterns. There are other rain chain designs that incorporate decorative bells, blocks, tiered rings, and other designs that act as both decorative trinkets and rain impact reduction tools.

Contact a company like Monarch Abode to learn more about rain chains.