06:19AM | 02/07/03
Member Since: 02/06/03
28 lifetime posts
Have two down spouts in backyard that have no easy direction to get out to the street. was thinking of digging a huge ditch under the lawn with rocks in it to have them flow into. Any suggestions? I live in san jose ca ..thanks!!!!


05:55AM | 02/24/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
Before you go to all the trouble of digging your huge ditch, and if your in the mood to dig, try digging a test hole in the ground about 8 feet out from the house where the downspouts are, to see what the subsoil is made of. If it's heavy clay or silt or glacial till, then you're faced with trying to pipe the water elsewhere. But if the subsoil is a good boney gravel that drains well (you can get a pretty fair idea by filling your hole with water from the garden hose and timing how fast it empties) then you might just be able to construct a drywell, pipe the downspout to it, and allow the roof water to infiltrate into the ground.

[This message has been edited by treebeard (edited February 24, 2003).]

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