I actually don’t remember where I first saw a rain chain, but I do remember that I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. I have one at the front of my house that I absolutely love, and I am plotting to get some more!
Although rain chains are becoming more popular, I still get a lot of people asking me what it is when they see it on my house…or if I happen to mention it in conversation. So I thought I would write about my experience with my rain chain.
But first…to answer the basic question…What is a rain chain? At the functional level, rain chains are a replacement for the downspout from your gutters. The water flows from the eaves trough through the hole where the downspout used to be and onto the chain. Then it runs down the chain to whatever you are using to collect or redirect the water.
Many of the chains have pails or cups with holes in the bottom that direct the water down the chain.
However, I think rain chains are so much more than just a replacement for a downspout. Click Next to find out more about rain chains.