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Routing my Rain Water


Since having to have the house leveled because of water that has been "allowed" under there for too long, I am determined to stop all of it that I can or at least divert it some how.

One of the problems is that the large area of the back half of the roof sheds a lot of water into the small inadequate rain gutter.  Another problem is that the down spout on the uphill side was emptying into the back yard and then running to the back of the house where it touches the ground so therefore it just seeps under or into the ground there.

I have plans to dig a small diversion ditch from the back corner of the shop (highest spot), along the side of the house and then out to the front drainage ditch but I am not going to dig it deep enough to handle all the downspout water from that side.

I would like to be able to empty all of the rain gutter water on the driveway side because it slopes away from the house and drains all the water on that side down the edge of the drive into the front ditch.

Some of the rain gutter ideas I have had were to install a very very very large gutter and dump all the roof water on the driveway side but I still don't think a standard gutter will handle it.  Another possiblity is to install a rain gutter below the existing one and dump the high end downspout into that one which would take it to the driveway side.

???????  all of this is just things that are going thru my mind and I would appreciate any and all comments or suggestions from Y'all.

I took some pics to help understand what all of this looks like.

thank Ya,

meller



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I dont know what you might call it down there, but we use a plastic flexible piping called Big O....its about 4 in around and you bury it just under the ground and connect it to your downspout. You then divert water to wherever you want, as long as its downhill that is

 

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thanks, Harry, I will sure check on the feasibility of that pipe - - - - I wouldn't even care if it just ran along the ground at the back of the house at this point in time

'preciate it
Em

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I have a couple down spouts carried out to the down slope of our yard using that pipe. You can also use it to connect to a version with holes so you end up with a distribution system instead a single soggy place in your yard. Of course, it was a bunch of digging but much of our yard is sand under a few inches of lousy top soil so not too hard.

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My Contractor friend just echoed what Y'all have said plus he recommends a larger gutter instead of that old style 4" shallow gutter. So it looks like all of that is gonna be my cure.

thanks, Gents,
Em(E)

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Up here in Rain Country,, where  it doesn't just rain it POURS,,  I have had the same problem with water running under the house through a crawl space cover,, where the "Chicanos" (that I hired a few years back to pour the concrete for the back Patio,, and they sloped it towards the house, right into a 2' x 3' crawl space hole,,  So I  poured a curb about 2''high x 24"wide all along that side of the house, and made it a area to put the outdoor kitchen,  with a cover for access under the house, works great,  especially cause I have to get someone with a smaller ass to get under the house,,  but I don't mind that task at all,,, cause there could be any kind of wild critters lurking down there,,  now all I need to do is finish the Roof that covers the whole patio that I started a few years back , 

That flexable 3" piping is really popular around here ,

 



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Hey Amigo, good to see ya posting for a change. I bought some 4" black corrugated vinyl pipe today and it is currently laying on top of the ground running from my downspout out to the front ditch. I'll be changing that later but at least it's a bandaid fix for now. Might just look into that 3" flexible pipe also.

hope you and the Family are faring well,
Em(E)

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Larger gutter but you need some system to divert the water away from your home.

Have you looked any type of French Drain System?

www.wikihow.com/Build-a-French-Drain

Lots of info out there on different styles.

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thanks, Joe, and I have looked into a possible French Drain but haven't decided which way I'm going - - - more than likely I'll just get a shallow ditch dug along the side of the house area with a berm to direct the water to the front ditch

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