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Old 12-20-2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:31 AM   #2
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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.

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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.

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Old 12-20-2011, 08:21 PM   #4
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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?
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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.
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:28 AM   #6
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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?
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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.

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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
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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?
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That is a very poor design

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

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Here is an image of the front of the whole front of the house.
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Pretty home.

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

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