How Do Rain Chains Work?

Unlike most water features, rain chains are not something many people know about. I didn’t even know about it until a few years ago. But once you know about this feature’s existence, you’re bound to be fond of it. But the question is: how do rain chains work?

Rain chains work almost like downspouts. But instead of pipes, there are rings or cups connected to the roof through chains. And the water draining from the gutter falls onto the ground following the chain.

That sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Well, that is only the beginning. There is a lot more to learn about rain chains if you want to have one. And that’s what I will discuss here today.

What Is A Rain Chain?

Simply speaking, a rain chain is a kind of ornament that you add to your roof’s gutter system. It is pretty much like downspouts, but better.

Rain chains are made with metals, especially copper. Such material ensures enough strength to handle heavy pouring. The rings are connected from the roof to the ground to channel the rainwater.

This ornament originated in Japan several centuries ago. Traditionally, they were called kusari doi and were seen mainly in Buddhist temples. It was a way of celebrating the rainfall from the sky to the earth.

And recently, rain chains have been very popular in the United States. Nowadays, it has become an alternative for enclosed downspouts. It has also become an excellent medium for enjoying rainfalls with more soothing sounds.

How Do Rain Chains Work?

Rain chains work using surface tension. The gathered rainwater drains from the gutter to the ground by following it. However, the entire thing happens in the following way.

  • First, the rainwater collects in the gutter.
  • Then it begins to follow the chain.
  • The chain tension creates resistance and slows down the rainwater.
  • If it is a line-styled chain, it will not resist much. However, cup-designed rain chains create more resistance as the water passes through them.
  • Finally, the water hits the ground or the barrel if set up at the chain’s bottom.

Why Should You Have Rain Chains?

Many homeowners are still unfamiliar with rain chains. Those who know about it or have it already love their rain chains. And those who don’t know much or have the basic idea want to understand why they should have a rain chain or how it is better than downspouts. If you are like the second group, here is why you should have it.

Look And Sound

You will hardly find a person who never enjoys the rain. We all lose ourselves in its beauty and sound. And if you have something to double that beauty and sound, a rain chain can become a game-changer.

The colors and designs they come with are aesthetic, classy, and eye-catching. They look even better as they age. Thus, rain chains enhance the beauty of the place you install them.

Easy To Install

Installing a rain chain is simpler than you think. You don’t need to wait every six months for anyone to remind you that it needs hanging. I installed mine as soon as I read the instructions.

Affordable And Low-Maintenance

Rain chains are comparatively less expensive than most water features, such as fountains and waterfalls. And unlike those water features, rain chains barely require much maintenance because rain chains hardly clog. And even if it does somehow, you can unclog it in a few seconds.

Lets have a look on the video to get a clear idea on rain chain.

Rain chain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How Much Do Rain Chains Cost?

A rain chain’s total cost can vary based on several factors. You should consider the design, material, height, and whether it will have a basin, gutter adapter, etc.

The low-priced rain chains cost between $25-$65. On the other hand, high-quality and durable ones are around $50-$130 or more per unit. There are also additional costs for the gutter adapter, basin, and installation charge.

Q. How Do I Maintain A Rain Chain?

Rain chains can weigh around 8-9lbs. So make sure to check for stress, wear or tear in the roof gutter. The gutter also requires cleaning at least twice a year. And don’t forget to check the chain for corrosion issues.

Q. What Is The Difference Between The Cup And Link Rain Chain?

There aren’t many differences between the cup and the link ring chain. The only difference you will find is the way they contain rainwater.

You can shorten or extend the cup chains more efficiently. However, the link chain can be a little tricky and will require soldering.

Q. Can You Use Rain Chains Without Gutters?

Yes, you can use a rain chain even if your roof doesn’t have a gutter. This may make installing the rain chain at the correct place a bit more challenging. Nevertheless, you can find a perfect spot if you know how your roof works during rainy days.

You can add a hose to learn how well the rainwater flows down and from where. But still, attaching it with a gutter will provide better flow and a more pleasing sound.

Q. Do Rain Chains Work In Heavy Rain?

Every rain chain works differently, and its strength capacity varies all the time. Some rain chains can handle heavy wind and rain, while others may not.

It also depends on the type of climate. If you live in towns like South Carolina, your rain chain will survive without a gutter. However, if you are in areas with a rich climate, using a gutter will be best.

Final Words

I hope by now you are clear about how do rain chains work. Rain chains are, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful water features I’ve come across. I ended up getting a few of them from various designs, and all of them turned out to be what I expected.

The only downside of having a rain chain is that they work only during rainy days. On the other days, they’ll just hang in there and exist. But I like how they still serve as outdoor decorations.

Those of you who didn’t know about this stunning object, now you can get yourself one and enjoy the rainy days even more.

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