Fairly new to this site but really like another online forum about motorcycling and have gotten lots of good information so I figured why not try this place out for my home improvement. I Hope I am asking this question in the right place. If not someone tell me where to post.
First my info:
I live in Seaside CA installed a new roof and seemless gutters last year. Currently at the bottom of each gutter I either have concrete or a brick to keep the water from washing the soil (basically beach sand) away. I am interested in installing the things (please tell me what they are called?) that you can place on the bottom of the downspout to route the water a little ways away. I see some of them go underground.
Here is the Question:
If I run these things down into the ground how far do I need to run them away from the cement perimeter foundation? How deep? Do I need to install gravel around the where the water comes out?
My soil is just like beach sand as I am only about a mile from the beach. It drains very quickly.
Okay so I have been doing my own research while waiting on a response. Looks like I need a french drain. I've checked out how to do it on YOUTUBE and have a good grasp of using perforated pipe with a sock covering it, gravel, and the other matting to keep the pipe clean. So my question now is.
1. How do I determine that my drain is long enough to drain each downspout.
they are downspout extensions. usually they come in 10ft long pvc pipes. the ones you talk about though are different-french drain is around the permiter of the foundation underneath teh ground. usually you dont need that for gutter.