In the desert we’re always looking for ways to conserve our most precious resource – water. Without it there would be no gardens or life for that matter.
Most of the houses in Phoenix are built without gutters or downspouts. It doesn’t rain often here in the desert. However, when it does rain there is a lot of water running off every side of the house. Water that could be diverted and/or conserved.
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Where did Rain Chains Originate?
It probably wouldn’t surprise you to learn rain chains originated in Japan. For hundreds of years homes and temples in Japan have utilized rain chains as a way to divert rain water.
What is the Purpose of a Rain Chain?
In the US a large percentage of homes have gutters to collect rainwater and downspouts to divert the water from the roof.
In Phoenix very few homes have gutters or downspouts. We don’t get a lot of rain and I suppose home builders don’t see the point in adding the extra cost.
Rain chains are often purchased for aesthetics. They are decorative and can create a pleasant sound in your garden.
However, a rain chain is also functional. It can help divert water that would otherwise end up on the ground.
You can use it to divert water to a rain barrel, fountain, rock drainage landscaping, planters, or a garden.
Do Rain Chains Work?
Yes, you can use rain chains to divert water. They add an artistic touch to your outdoor space. However, if there is a downpour they are not as effective as traditional downspouts.
Are Rain Chains Worth It?
Personally, I love them. Our house doesn’t have gutters or downspouts, so they do help divert water when it rains and I think they are lovely to look at.