Rain Chains, Do they really work?

How do Rain Chains work?

what is a rain chains

Rain Chains are a unique addition to a home’s rain gutter system. They function well and also add a pleasant waterfall sound as the rainwater travels downward from cup to cup or link to link. A pleasant ‘white noise’ sound is heard when just a chain is used without the cups. Most homeowners will place them near a window or landscaped area for a visual experience when it rains.
Normally a downspout will drain rainwater from the roofs gutters onto the concrete or lawn and the same can be done with a rain chain. The difference is the rain chain doesn’t have a tube and corners to flow through. It will not clog the gutters or drain system with leaves and debris.
Over many years I have received calls from customers that have asked how they can stop that nagging dripping and echo sound from a downspout near their bedroom. I have heard more than one person say, “Hearing that drip all night is driving me crazy.” Replacing the downspout with a rain chain is a custom way to fix this problem with the benefit of a peaceful relaxing sound.
Some of the first records of a rain chains being used are from Japan. They were used to collect and save fresh rainwater. This captured water was stored in barrels for future use and some people today find this conservation of rainwater to be useful. Rainchains.com has a full line of rain chains available online and have been in business since 2001. They offer a variety of different cups and chains that will surprise you.
Rain Chains are made with primarily copper or brass. I have used raw steel chains many times that turns a rusty brown color with age. When using copper chains, after a few years they turn a beautiful color or what is called patina. Brass turns a dark golden brown.
It is my advice when installing a rain chain that they should be connected directly to a hole in the gutter. When replacing a downspout you normally will have a drop outlet connecting the gutter to the downspout. This drop outlet if used will clog up having the chain inside of it. Removing it will make the rain chain work better or just cutting a new hole where the location of the rain chain is wanted works the best.
I know you will find these little waterfalls attached to your rain gutters a pleasant addition to your home.
For more information or to purchase a rain chain online contact, RAINCHAINS.COM

RainChains 8040 Remmet Avenue, Unit 7 ~ Canoga Park, CA 91304 USA
phone: (818) 347-6455
fax: (818) 347-6450
email: sales@rainchains.com


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  1. m.a.c.
    July 17, 06:49 Reply
    Hello...I would like to hang a rain chain on the end of a gutter where a downspout does not currently exist. Is it ok to drill a new hole in the gutter to install the rain chain? Thank you!
    • Bob McCrickard
      July 18, 08:42 Reply
      Using the RAINCHAINS.COM link, it will take you to their website with more on this subject. I have cut a hole about two inches with tin snipes and using a bolt horizontaly hang the chain from it.
  2. Sarah Smith
    May 23, 18:27 Reply
    I had no idea that rain chains can be used to get rid of the annoying drip sound that comes from the gutter. I'll have to see if I can find a rain chain with a nice design and install it. Thanks for the help in getting rid of the annoying drip sound!
  3. Angelo Li
    September 09, 04:21 Reply
    As to this question, rain chains work or not, I personally think that it depends on design of the chain. If it has a proper design, the rain chain is not just helping bring down annoying noise of rain, but also beautifulize a roof even the garden.

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