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Startingover 02-14-2013 06:14 PM

dry wells
I just had a thought.

I live on a ridge that is notorious for lack of rain, plus, my yard is nothing but sand. I've been in my new house for 8 months and yes, very little rain. It will darken, it will thunder. Fierce winds blow. Then it rains.........for about 30 seconds. I have a lot of trouble keeping things I planted watered.

I started looking at neighbor's houses and realize mine is the only one with gutters. Also they drain into what I was told were 'dry wells'.

I think the couple from NY who built this house 30 yrs ago expected normal rainfall and diverted it.

Yesterday I went out and yanked out the downspout from the drywells, to let what little rain I get, soak the shrubbery around the house. Was that a good idea?

Also sometime, in the future, whenever I have a new roof put on I will skip the gutters completely. I lived in Fla yrs ago and didn't have gutters and didn't miss them.

BUT, now what do I do with the pipe that is in the ground (or in the drywells)? It's at ground level and looks like more spouting was just buried. It's a bit scarey looking down into these holes in the ground on all 4 corners. I can't figure out how to get rid of them and don't have time to dig them out. I have a crowbar and thought of jabbing and pounding the spouting so that it's smashed and not a gaping hole. I feel like a snake is going to jump out at me every time I walk past.

joecaption 02-14-2013 06:22 PM

Not a great plan. In most cases the last thing you want is moisture right at the footings.
It can attact termites, under mine the foundation or slab, cause damage to the siding.
Get yourself some rain barrels to collect the rain water that you do get.

Startingover 02-14-2013 06:27 PM

but, like I mentioned we have very arid conditions around here. I do have one of those concrete things, about 8" wide and 14" long under a downspout to direct the flow of water (on the rare occasion we have rain).

Bondo 02-15-2013 08:57 AM

Ayuh,... If yer that concerned, Fill 'em up with dirt, 'n forgetaboutit...

Startingover 02-15-2013 10:53 AM

dirt! a great idea! I always have some when I put in flower beds.

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