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crumb 12-20-2011 11:11 AM

Rain gutter with no downspout
 
My home was just completed by the builder and he left a rain gutter in the front of the house without a downspout. It just has a slit on one end where the water will drop out from 15 feet off the ground onto my driveway. I live in Utah and I am worried about ice forming on my driveway. Is there any code violation with this sort of thing? They tell me it is up to code and won't do anything.
Here is a picture:


Windows on Wash 12-20-2011 11:31 AM

That is a crappy design.

Regardless of Downspout or not, you are going to dump on the driveway.

Best thing would have been to run and underground pipe and dump the downspout into that. It will certainly take away from the look of the home as well.

oh'mike 12-20-2011 01:41 PM

Crumb---Please don't add links with the builders name---We will help with a solution to the gutter

But any complains you have with the builder is a civil matter---not a DIY matter.

Thank you---Moderator----

Roofmaster417 12-20-2011 09:21 PM

Geeezzz.,I always miss out.I have never seen an open flow from 15' with no downspout.You might have a skating rink than a driveway.Any chance of getting a picture uploaded ?,.without a link attached?

Windows on Wash 12-21-2011 08:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Roofmaster417 (Post 798914)
Geeezzz.,I always miss out.I have never seen an open flow from 15' with no downspout.You might have a skating rink than a driveway.Any chance of getting a picture uploaded ?,.without a link attached?

It was not the best design.

The left garage was bumped out from the main garage footprint by about 3' and there was a section of gutter with no downspout in between the two garages.

No downspout and no where to dump but on the driveway.

Ice rink here we come. :laughing:

crumb 12-21-2011 12:28 PM

here is a link to the image
no down spout

it really is a bad design. I think mostly it was a lack of planning. They should have made a drain in the concrete to put the rain water into the ground. Other homes in the neighborhood did it this way.

any 'after the fact' ideas to make this better?

Roofmaster417 12-21-2011 01:01 PM

That is a very nasty design.You need that downspout the problem lies with diverting the water.

Maybe a longer section coming off the elbow extended down your grass line or across the driveway into the opposite side of the drive...But with that it is an eye sore and a tripping hazard.

You can always do it the redneck way.Grab a Home Depot bucket and have the downspout stop short of the top of the bucket.Then dump it every so often.

Tom Struble 12-21-2011 03:23 PM

an overhang built over the garage doors in line with the fascia could be the perfect solution,dump everything to the right...after a pipe or drywell is installed

Roofmaster417 12-21-2011 03:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tom Struble (Post 799540)
an overhang built over the garage doors in line with the fascia could be the perfect solution,dump everything to the right...after a pipe or drywell is installed


I think Tom is on to something.Could you post a picture that shows the front area about 20' directly back away from the position you stood when taking the picture the last time?

chb70 12-26-2011 09:01 PM

That is a very poor design

There could have been a driveway channel installed and dumped into a drainage pit.

crumb 12-28-2011 01:17 PM

Here is an image of the front of the whole front of the house.
House front

Windows on Wash 12-28-2011 03:29 PM

Pretty home.

You could bury a small pipe from the corner to drain on the left or right side of the home.

MJW 12-28-2011 06:31 PM

There is really nothing cost effective to do there except to salt the area if it ices up. Or do the bucket idea like roofmaster suggested. A downspout there would look terrible though.

Sure it could have been avoided, but would have been a bunch of work and money for a piddly 4 ft. roof.

I wouldn't worry about it too much.

jmiller 12-28-2011 06:55 PM

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Tom Struble 12-28-2011 07:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MJW (Post 805814)

Sure it could have been avoided, but would have been a bunch of work and money for a piddly 4 ft. roof.


there probably was a roof there on the original print:whistling2:nothing more cheesy looking than breaking the 2 different claddings without having a definitive break there,i wouldn't live the rest of my time in the house chipping ice:no:


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