Downspout Daylighting


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Old 07-02-21, 09:23 PM
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Downspout Daylighting

I recently bought a house with buried downspouts that tie-in to a 6" pipe that daylight's to a swale. The termination is probably 60' - 70' away from the house. It rained for the first time and I checked it out (pictures attached). Does this look right? The yard has a gradual down slope so I would have thought if the termination was back a little bit it could daylight with the water freely flowing out. The pipe end is also slightly sloped up, which I guess is to slow the water down? The soil is clay. I would appreciate all thoughts. Many thanks.

 
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Old 07-03-21, 01:41 AM
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Looks right as in a pool of water?

Not sure what the perceived problem is that your asking about.
 
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If it's working it's working. The thing I don't like is for the pipe to turn upwards as it can trap sediment.
 
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Don’t know about critters in your area but I put a large mesh screen over the end of mine. Too many voles and such.
 
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Old 07-03-21, 05:37 AM
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It's all about slope, if you have sufficient slope then water moves fast, you start having problems with sediment and freezing when it's low or flat.

Sediment off gutter really isn't a problem, typ you get just some of the granules off the shingles, but having covers on them keeps out other debris!
 
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Old 07-03-21, 09:58 AM
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So while the yard does have a gradual down slope, it does flatten out, and this is where the pipe terminates. I wasn't sure if the swale was too small or if the pipe should terminate on the slope so water freely flows out as I wasn't sure if it's normal for the pipe to be almost completely covered by the water. It does freeze here so I also wasn't sure if that'll be an issue.
 
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Old 07-03-21, 10:20 AM
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Since you're in a an area where freezing is a problem..... you'd want the pipe to exit the ground before/above the swale so that the end does not get frozen closed.
 
 

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