You will still need to divert the water away from your home or structure as it falls so that there isn't any sort of soil erosion, so be sure that as the water runs down your chain it is going into a catch basin of some sort that then flows into maybe a rain garden or into a shallow pond or is getting infiltrated back into the earth. Oversized decorative pots or a bed of rocks or even a rain barrel can be worked into the design and flow. Rain chains are simple to make and they are a beautiful alternative to traditional plastic or metal downspouts here and there. TIP -- weight down the end with a fishing weight to prevent it from flying around during gusty rainstorms.
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