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How can I close and seal an abandoned downspout opening?

I need to relocate the downspout indicated in the picture below. How do I seal the opening that will be left after I relocate it ? (I will post a separate question about how to redo the slope of the ...
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What to do about clogged downspouts?

A picture is better than words... That's water shooting up from the connecting point during a heavy shower earlier due to the pressure.
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How do I repair/reattach downspout and gutter after snow/ice damage?

We've had a heavy dose of snow here in the Boston area it has taken a toll on our gutters and downspouts. The downspout at the rear of my house filled with ice and pulled away from the elbow that ...
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Do rainwater drain pipes have to bend at the bottom

One of our rainwater pipes ends half over a small drain, but the bend at the bottom means some of the water misses the drain and runs off along the patio, I thought I could simply cut a hole in the ...
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What is the minimum distance from property line water can be drained?

My city (Redmond, WA) enforces the 2015 International Residential Code, but I could not find any requirements around distances of downspout and/or sump pump drainage from property lines. Perhaps I'm ...
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What are some good downspout options for a brick house?

I need to replace the gutters and downspouts on my house, and I'd like to know the best approach. The house is 100 year-old clay brick house. The old gutters were aluminum and used downspouts that ...
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Connecting downspout to first floor gutter

I am looking to connect my second floor downspout to the first floor gutter. In any sort of wind, the water misses the gutter completely and makes a big mess. I found the thread here very helpful ...
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Plastic bucket under gutter downspout

I am doing some work around my gutter downspouts and found that underneath the ones at the front of my house, someone had buried 2-gallon plastic potting containers (upside down). There was a piece ...
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Switching downspouts to the other end of a gutter

What kind of accessories are available for switching the downspouts to the other end of the gutter? I'm not as concerned about the downspouts themselves as much as the connection to the gutter. I'm ...
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Move or remove a downspout inside brick wall

I just moved into 1912 townhouse in DC. It has cast iron drain lines for the gutter downspouts. One of the lines is clogged, but I assume it eventually connects to the sewer. At some point in the ...
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What is the chance of success when clearing a downspout from the bottom rather than the top?

As you can see in the image, I have a blockage somewhere in the downspout. After climbing a ladder leaning against the wall, I was still unable to see, nor even extend enough to reach, from the top. ...
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Protecting a PVC downspout under a driveway?

I need to run a 3" PVC downspout to the street. The issue is that the only place I have to run it is down my gravel driveway. At the house, the downspout is at least 12in below the surface of the ...
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Deteriorated downspout replacement

The downspout out the back of my apartment has completely deteriorated. I didn't get around to looking at it when I moved in last summer, but finally got on a ladder and took a photo today: So as you ...
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How can I brace a freestanding downspout?

My front downspout is not long enough and currently all the water just comes back and rests between my sloped sidewalk and the graded edge of my house. I'm thinking I can move the downspout so that ...
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How to fill old downspout drains

My 1956 house had rainwater downspouts routed into below-surface drains. I assume these drains once lead to the house plumbing drain system. The drains are no longer used and the downspouts now empty ...
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Best way to affix downspout to vinyl sided house?

I am seriously thinking of getting a 1000 gallon tank to divert rain water for use in the garden in the dry summer months when water is most expensive where I live. I order to place the tank somewhere ...
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Gutter pitch configuration

I have a shed withe following gutter/downspout configuration: The problem at the moment is that there is standing water in all of the gutters. The gutters are not sagging, but they are perfectly ...
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Should I keep downspout extenders installed during the winter?

Should downspout extenders be kept installed during winter? For some reason, I think they facilitate ice formation to creep up the spout? When I say downspout extenders, I mean these
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I need to change the slope of my gutters. What do I need to know for this?

My questions are at the bottom of the post Here is the picture that shows what I am trying to do The gutters are attached to the My questions: -in order to correct the slope would it be enough ...
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What is going on with my downspouts?

Most of the downspouts on my house (built in 1951) are routed into the foundation, like this: My questions about this situation: Why on earth did someone do this? (I just bought the damn thing and ...
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Can I fix my leaking downspout without taking it apart?

I have a downspout leading to a large rain barrel that leaks from one or more of the joints. Instructions I can find on the internet suggest either taking it apart and re-assembling with new sealant, ...
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How can I prevent this ice build up on my driveway/walkway?

My house faces North. I have down spouts on all four corners of the house. My challenge is that in the late winter/ early spring, the sun melts the snow off the roof and comes down the downspouts. ...
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Rain chains at an angle from the vertical

I'd like to hang a rain chain, but not quite vertical straight down -- at a slight angle from vertical. What angle from vertical can I hang the rain chains, and still have them work? Are there any ...
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How can I stop this downspout leak?

The image is outside of my house where the down drain leads away from the house. The water flows in the direction of the arrows, and leak occurs where the "T" connector connects to the outlet. I tried ...
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Upper roof downspout emptying onto lower roof

I have an upper roof downspout emptying onto a lower roof. the downspout exit sits near the side of the lower roof, and water falls off the side before continuing down to fall into the lower roof ...
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Allow downspout discharge to cross a sidewalk in a freezing climate?

I have two downspouts whose discharge I need to get past a sidewalk. Currently for each gutter, corrugated tubing is run underground, under the sidewalk, for approximately 20 feet where it discharges ...
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Can I cap off a 2“ x 3” downspout?

I engineered a downspout with a side hole to divert water. However, I also need to cap off the bottom of the existing 2"x3" original downspout. I can't find any "caps" anywhere so they might not ...
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How do I unclog underground downspout pipes?

Our gutters drain into a downspout pipe that goes underground. It's very clogged with dirt, leaves, sticks, etc., and now water is backing up and leaking into the foundation of our house. I stuck my ...
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How deep should drain pipe be buried under an asphalt driveway?

I have a 4" PVC drain from a downspout that runs parallel to the garage for about 25' before joining another drain. This run is about 12" deep and with a very slight grade. While the driveway is ...
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Should I be concerned about foundation seepage and what to do about it?

We recently bought a 20 yr old home next to a lake in NC.. within a couple thousand feet. It doesn't rain incredibly often here but we've noticed when it does rain it pours 2-3 times the amount we ...
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Downspout repair (with the 6 inch section)

I cut a 6 inch section out of a 3x4 inch downspout. How can i put it back together? I was installing a rain diverter and placed it too high. Thought about using 2 adapters but having trouble finding ...
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Can I cap off this gutter downspout?

I have a gutter downspout about halfway through the lower section of a flat roof that currently connects to a rain barrel. The barrel is poor quality and sprung a leak that I have tried patching ...
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How do I seal a downspout leak in my shed?

I have a storage shed behind my carport. A downspout from the roof of the carport runs through the shed, as seen in the picture. The downspout drains ok (there was blockage in the past) but it leaks ...
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removing old bolts from brick wall

I've got a rusty old downpipe on my external brick wall that needs replacing, however the bolts on the brackets don't seem to have useful heads. See photo: https://docs.google.com/file/d/...
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Underground downspout extensions - Are pop up emitters needed?

To move rainwater further away from a foundation than the standard 2~3 foot above-ground downspout extensions, what are the underground options? Example of standard downspout extension: (Photo from ...
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Underground downspout pipe may be leaking

I have been getting more and more water in my basement in the last few years. Every time it snows and melts, water trickles in around one spot in the basement floor. I had someone come out to take a ...
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How to reroute this downspout?

I am looking for some suggestions on how to best reroute this downspout. Currently gravity is working it's magic and it is draining downhill following the blue arrow in the images. The water runs ...
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Proper gutter downspout location on sloped ground for shed

I built a shed last year on sloped ground, using concrete piers. I didn't get around to adding gutters, and was contemplating not doing it. But, the water seems to be eroding some areas of the soil ...
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Standing water in gutters

I have a 1 car garage shed with gutters around the roof. There are two downspouts, both on the same side of the structure (there is an alley on one side so both drain into the alley). I was up on the ...
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Is there any reference (or probably web/online calculator) to figure the size for downspout pipe for a known flow rate

The total flow rate of water collected by the gutter of my roof is known (50 L/minute). I need to figure the safe size for my downspout pipe for this roof. What's the minimum diameter for the ...
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Can I approximate flow rate of a roof with known flow rate of another roof?

My main building roof I need to know the flow rate (FR, for example Litre per minute) of water coming out from the gutter of this roof. The easiest way would be catching the flowing water coming out ...
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How can raise a downspout drain from ground level (Picture)

I have a gutter downspout in my backyard that leads to a 4" clay drain which leads to the municipal sewer line. Currently the opening sits at ground level. I'd like to raise the ground level a few ...
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How to fill soil void along basement wall?

The previous homeowners did not keep up with the downspouts and some erosion occurred. All of the drains to the street are great and I have reconnected the downspouts to the drain pipes; some were ...