Rain chains are a tool that can help clean the environment and beautify your home. Standard gutters and downspouts direct water away from your house. However, all of that rushing rain flowing off of roofs and other hard surfaces contributes to erosion, storm-drain overflows, water pollution, and flooding. Homeowners can take steps to reduce their own rainfall runoff by slowing down the rain that flows off their roofs. Rain chains, which have been used in Japan for hundreds of years, can help. They replace a normal downspout with a functional yet artistic chain device. The rain chain slows the water as it trickles, falls, and pools down the elements of the chain. Rain chains come in many styles to match your tastes. If you choose to install a rain chain, make sure the gutter feeding it extends three feet away from the house.
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