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What is a Rain Chain?


If you need to add that special touch to the outside of your home or your garden, then there is an excellent option for you. This option is a “rain chain.” But what is a rain chain anyway? Is it a chain that is rained on? What is it and what does that mean?


These are all excellent questions and you will be quite pleased with the answers.


A rain chain is a decorative item that you can place on the outside of your home or in your garden. What it does is it funnels rainwater down to your ceramic bowl or your decorative rain barrel. As for what they look like, they are chain links that consist of decorative cups or trinkets that catch the rain.


Furthermore, as the rain runs down the links and the cups, you will find that there is quite the melodious sound that results. This adds a bit of song to your garden, if you will.


What are they Rain Chains made of?


Rain chains are normally made of copper. A copper rain chain will naturally develop a green patina over time. This is due to the rain and the elements taking their toll. However, this is meant to happen to the copper rain chain for the fact that it gives a certain essence to the garden.


As for how it works, the function is rather simple. They act as an alternative to pipes and rain gutters. They simply allow the rainwater to travel down the chain and through the trinkets that reside on the chain. This results in a sound that you can literally sit back and enjoy. You can place a ceramic bowl or something else that can be used to catch the rainwater.


But what are you going to do with the rainwater?


Many individuals choose to use it as a bird bath or they will take the water and perform other functions with it such as watering their plants.


Rain Chains and Feng Shui


If you are familiar with Feng Shui, then you know that a copper rain chain can help improve the flow of energy and can improve a person’s chi. This has to do with the melodious sound that results when rain runs down the rain chain. It definitely doesn’t hurt to have positive energy flowing around. As human beings, we can take every bit of positive energy that we can get and that’s what rain chains do for people.


Other Advantages of Rain Chains


Rain chains also get rid of that boring aluminum piping that resides on your house. In other words, a copper rain chain can be a bit more appealing. You also have to look at the fact that rain chains do not become clogged like gutter systems do. All you have to do is hang the rain chain from the hole where the spout was formally located and let the water flow. You just might find yourself sitting on your porch or under a shelter on your property so that you can enjoy the essence of your rain chain.