Was underground drainage installed properly?

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Old 05-21-13, 08:12 PM
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Was underground drainage installed properly?

We recently installed 4" pvc solid pipes to the gutter downfalls of our house. The pipes daylight well away from the house. Should gravel have been put in the trench first to keep the pipes from freezing in cold weather?
 
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Old 05-21-13, 08:31 PM
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I'm not sure that gravel has the ability to keep something from freezing. Gravel is used as a drainage field for perforated pipe. You said you used solid pipe. No point in having gravel, IMO.
 
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xsleeper is right..... gravel would not help.

One thing you do need to make sure is that the water won't collect/puddle at the end of that 4" pipe....... that could freeze the end of the pipe up
 
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miamia -

"cold weather" is relative depending on where you are in VA, so freezing may not be a problem. It takes a long period of time (days, weeks) below freezing to cause a buried pipe to freeze to the extent where there is a problem. The soil has tremendous heat storage capacity.
 
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