A few years ago I installed a rain chain right outside my kitchen window where I write each morning. As I hung it, I thought how much it looked like jewelry for my gutters–like delicate earrings for the home.
A few weeks ago, Rain Chains Direct asked me to review one of their rain chains. I was able to choose the one I wanted to review. For the most part, I have quit reviewing products on the blog, but copper rain chains are special. So, I went over to their website and chose the copper blossoms chain. They also kindly sent me a gutter installer mount. Both of these worked great. When it rained last week, the rain chain did its thing, and I captured it in photographs. The rain was coming down very hard and splashed over the edge of the chain, but this didn’t seem to hurt anything. Perhaps, with a gutter reducer (which narrows the gutter), no splashing would have occurred.
Rain chains work great, but you will need some sort of catch basin at the bottom to stop splashing and soil erosion. Some options include: rain barrels with a mosquito screen; a copper basin like mine below; rocks to break the flow of water; or even a rain garden with a dry stream bed. Rain chains allow for a lot more creativity around the home too. I love my catch basin. For a rain barrel, only half of a rain chain would probably be needed.
Rain chains are so much prettier than gutter downspouts. In Oklahoma, rain falls seldom enough it should be celebrated. There is nothing like the feeling of sitting down to the computer, a cup tea at your left hand and gazing out at the rain chain as it sings with merriment. Any time I can add a little coppery bling to my home, I’m happy to do it. What do you think about rain chains? Would you add one to your home?
As I wrote above in compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this rain chain free of charge for a fair and honest review. It works great.