What is a Rain Chain and How Do They Work

By | June 11, 2014

Simply put a Rain Chain is nothing more than a decorative alternative to the “old hum drum” gutter down spout that we are used to. When you exchange your regular down downspout for one of these Rain Chains you’re opening up a whole new world.

What is a Rain Chain

The first time I heard about Rain Chains was when a friend and I were talking about me putting gutters on my home. You see I live in Florida and for whatever reason when houses are built they do not have gutters on them. What’s crazy is that only one side of my home has gutters and a downspout while the rest of the house has nothing.

So this friend was telling me about these rain chains that she has all around her house and when it rains she feels like she is in a spa because it sounds like a waterfall. Of course depending on what style of rain chains you have will determine the sound you will hear from it. The style she had was the cup rain chains.

The History Behind Rain Chains

Rain Chains, or better known as “kusari-doi” which mean “chain gutter” in Japanese, have been used in Japan for several hundred years, as decorative downspouts to gardens, homes and temples adding character and functionality. The Japanese also used these chains to guide the water from their roofs into a rain barrel to use for the household.

They turned rushing rain water into a calming, peaceful waterfall that would make any homeowner pray for rain all the time. Ok maybe only this homeowner because I LOVE the sound of rain. 🙂

Of course the use of these decorative downspouts grew widely in the United States after the 1998 Winter Olympics that were hosted in Nagano, Japan. Have to admit I’m super glad that Japan hosted those Olympics because now we get to experience these beautiful, calming rain chains around our homes and gardens. 😉

How do Rain Chains work

They actually work the same exact way as a downspout does except they are more aesthetically appealing, functional and definitely sets the mood for tranquility.
Unlike the normal downspouts where the rain water usually enters the gutter and drifts down the downspout to a splash block or maybe even a downspout extension, rain chains allows the water to flow down either a chain or into cups that can be caught by a rain basin or even a rain barrel.

Watch the video below so you can at least experience what a rain chain is…


Can you see why I fell in love with these rain chains? Makes you want to kick your feet up with a cup of coffee or tea while reading a really good book doesn’t it?

If you’re looking to replace your old downspout and replace it with some Rain Chains then be sure to check out the different styles that are offered and while your checking that out you should probably look into the rain basins as well.

 

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