Ask THIS OLD HOUSE
Drips hitting the downspout elbow near my bedroom window are so loud that they wake me up! What can I do? —ROGER BUTTERWICK, GILBERT, ARIZ. You could remove your downspout and install a rain chain, like the one shown here, in its place. These chains guide water to the ground, often through a series of cups that create a soothing sound as they slow the flow. This solution works best on houses with wide overhangs and slab-on-grade foundations, where splashback and drainage are less of a concern.