Can a gutter go around my chimney?


Old 07-02-13, 10:20 PM
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Can a gutter go around my chimney?

As you can see, the sidewalk below is collapsing due poor drainage. I was hoping to extend the gutter around the chimney and then follow the roof until the corner of the house. Is that possible?

If not, any other suggestions? I will be replacing the cement, but the road is a state highway and I don't think I can drain my water there.

Thanks for your help.

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Old 07-03-13, 02:50 AM
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No, you don't run guttering around the chimney. You terminate the guttering just as it is on the right side. You direct the water to each side gutter via the use of a cricket installed above the chimney on the roof. It is a raised triangle looking area that is tied into your shingles that directs the water to the sides. You can google it and see pictures. Your sidewalk is being dumped on by the downspout and it should be directed away from the foundation. The sidewalk seems to have heaved right at the crack on the step side, since you don't have much of a step on the left side.

Cutting and removing a section of sidewalk that has heaved would be a good idea, and replace it with a section with a slight swale in it where the water from the downspout can safely travel over it and into the yard, away from your house.
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Thanks for the response Chandler. Let me clarify. What I would like to do is in remove the existing downspout and haul all of the water to the corner. The blue line shows what I want to do. I just don't know if it can get around that 4-5 inch lip that the chimney creates.

If I just extend the existing downspout to the new cement (as suggested) it will just pool up there as well...and eventually cave in the sidewalk like it is now. And I don't think I can get all the way into the state highway and dig up their curbing.

I hope that makes sense. Let me know if you have any other tips or suggestions. Thanks!

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Trying to go around the chimney will just be trading one problem for several others. Where does the rain from that end downspout go? What are the grade elevations of the existing (middle) downspout, the far downspout and the street?

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