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Amy T

03:44AM | 09/18/03
Member Since: 09/17/03
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I live in the lower three floors of an old 6-story Boston brown stone and the previous Owners added downspouts that simply drain out into our yard -- causing a swampy situation during heavy rains and dead grass in general. I would like to be able to re-route the 3 affected downspouts underground, but there is no storm line to tie into. Someone suggested that we add a drywell filled with fairly coarse gravel, and then run the downspouts sub-grade over to it. The yard is about 600sf. How large (width, depth, etc.) would this drywell need to be? Is this a good idea or is there a better idea for taking the downspout outlet underground? Thanks!

devildog

09:35AM | 09/18/03
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
If you live in a cold climate, make sure you slope the pipe enough. I did underground downspouts and they froze up on me. Eventually they froze all the way up to the eavestroughs. It was a pain all winter long. I don't know if a drywell would work any better. It would have to be big enough to accept all the rain or melting water.
My problem was the sun would come out and melt the snow. The ground was still frozen and the temp outside is still below freezing so it would all freeze again. I don't know how you would solve that problem.

Sorry,

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