Have you ever considered a rain chain to replace a gutter downspout? Several years ago we added gutters to our home and I wanted to include some rain chains. I didn’t put them on every downspout. I added one to the front of our house and had one hung in the back of our house.
I love the looks of the rain chain but I’m happy I did not add more. We have a lot of trees in our back yard so every year we have to make sure the leaves that get caught in the rain chain are removed.
It’s not a difficult job but it’s something we must do. If the cup is filled with leaves or debris then during a heavy rainfall water can overflow the rain cup and the water doesn’t get directed away from the house as well as a classic downspout directs water in the proper direction.
I’ve been considering removing the back rain chain and replacing it with a downspout or I might see if we can add another downspout in between the back chain and the other downspouts so water has another outlet to drain. This rain chain would not have to manage as much run off and this overflow issue might not be as much of an issue.
I have a copper basin for the bottom chain that hangs in front of our house. I plan to get another one for the back if I keep it up and have the overflow issue fixed. Getting this done, one way or another, is on my summer to-do list.
If you’ve ever thought about adding rain chains to your home I would encourage you to try at least one. Put it where you’ll see it. They look beautiful. And if you can hang it where you’ll be able to hear it without needing to stand in the rain you’ll love the sound. Perhaps you have a downspout near a covered patio or a screen porch. This would be a perfect spot to hang one.
These are some of the styles I looked at when I was shopping. The first style listed is similar to the one I purchased. I’m glad I selected the larger size cup but if you don’t have a lot of rainfall or are adding it more for looks and the relaxing sound than for function then some of the smaller designs and decorative styles should work well. If you enjoy DIY projects I’ve seen interesting tutorials to create your own.