Running Gutter Drain Underground to Street

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Posted by: from Ayr
4/12/2013 at 12:12:35 PM

I have two downspouts that spill onto my driveway and freeze in winter. Running pipe underground toward the street. Will that solve my problems? Seen many houses with this set up. I have a decent slope but will the water not freeze in the pipe?

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Date/Time4/12/2013 at 1:12:27 PM

Probably not going to matter. Once the pipe freezes under ground and your frost level drops that low its goin to freeze.

You could run heat tape through the inside and just plug in when needed.

Usually just in the morning since once the water starts flowing it will be ok.

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Bryan Wilson Services in Komoka
Date/Time4/12/2013 at 2:21:01 PM

I have underground spouts from both front and back of my house. If you take the time to run drainage underground all the way to the end of your lot, you will have green grass without watering by hose. No freezing occurs in the downspouts. Just figure out the slope and water runoff.

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Gaby from Amg Renovation in Hearst
Date/Time4/12/2013 at 6:09:24 PM


No matter what it will freeze in winter time, because you can't have a big slope to get in the ditch on the side of the road except if your house is like 10 feet above road. Now it not the same, but normal hight it will but its not a problem at all dont worry about that.

Another thing you can do is the first 10-15ft use a 4" black pipe and the rest use a wiping tyle all the way to your ditch but dont put sone close to the house because its not conected to sump pump or town drainage and might cause major problem to the house and water problem in basement,.

Good luck and have a nice day.

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