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I absolutely adore flower gardens. Whenever I want to relax and view nature in one of its most beautiful forms, I sit in or near a flower garden. Smelling the aromatic fragrances of roses always instantly improves my mood. Do you have a flower garden on your property? If you don’t currently have a flower garden, consider starting one this summer. If your knowledge about flowers is limited, visiting a local home and garden center is a great idea. An expert at this kind of business establishment can help you pick the varieties of flowers that grow best in your part of the country. On this blog, I hope you will discover the easiest types of flowers to grow in a backyard flower garden. Enjoy!


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Rain Chains: An Introduction For Homeowners Look At Gutter Alternatives

by Amelia Sutton

When your gutter fills with water during the rain, the water that collects there must go somewhere. Therefore, normal gutter systems have a downspout that properly routes the water down to the ground and away from your home. However, downspouts are not the only option for allowing that water to drain down. Rain chains are an alternative exterior home fixture you could consider for this exact same purpose. 

If you are like most homeowners, the idea of rain chains will sound a bit foreign because this is not the most typical means of expelling water from a home's gutters. Here is a look at some of the most common questions about rain chains and the answers you will want to know as a homeowner.

What exactly is a rain chain? 

Rain chains are sort of like an alternative to traditional downspouts from your gutter system and have actually been around for a long time, especially in other countries. Water is captured in a small metal cup and then funnels its way down a series of chain links into a receptacle at the base, which could be either a drain or a rain collection container. Some rain chains have a series of cups that collect the water; the rainwater overflows from one cup to the next until it reaches the collection base or drains at the bottom. 

Are rain chains hard to install?

Rain chains are not at all hard to install. Most of them simply hook in place or are held in place by a bracket at the inner rim of the opening of your gutter where a downspout would normally be installed. All you will really need to install a new rain chain is a step ladder or short ladder and possibly a screwdriver or pair of pliers to tighten any hardware. 

What are the advantages of rain chains?

Most people like rain chains simply because of their aesthetic appeal and the fact that the bring the naturally running water out into the open so it can be watched as it flows from the gutter system. Rain chains are especially nice in sitting areas, such as around your patio or porch. If you like collecting rainwater for watering your garden, the rain chain with a collection container at the base makes it easy to do this without having to set up a barrel, bowl, or some other container that doesn't look so good.