What is a rain chain?
What is a rain chain? A rain chain is exactly what it sounds like. It is a large metal chain that runs down the side of your home to divert water into the ground. These chains allow you to keep your gutters clear so that they can drain better and not hold onto water for long periods of time. The longer water sits in your gutters the more likely you are to have problems with mold or mildew.
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The benefits of rain chains
Rain chains work very well when it comes to diverting excess water away from your home. A large part of how well they work is based on design. If you install a wall around the top edge of your gutter it will keep the majority of water from running off and instead of letting it collect on your wall. Drip lines can be added to the top edge of this wall to direct even more water back into the rain chain.
In addition to diverting water away from your home, you also get a sense of style that is hard to find with many other products. Some models are designed to look like waterfalls while others might look like wind chimes. The primary purpose here is to divert water but you also get a sense of style that will enhance your home and garden or wherever you install these chains.
Like most things, there are some disadvantages when it comes to rain chains. One of the biggest problems is that they are relatively expensive. While a regular rain gutter costs around $100 to install, the rain chain will cost much more than this. Some of these can run as high as $200 each and if you have multiple gutter sections that need them then you might end up paying quite a bit in order to get them installed.