When you say 'notch out', do you mean 'go through'?I want to put the grate drain at the bottom of the steps where the blue square is located. The grate drain is 5 inches deep. My footer is 6 inches deep. I do not want to go under my footer. Can I notch out a part of the footer (yellow circle) to connect to the drain tile? Or will that cause a structural issue. The reason is water runs down the step during heavy rainfall. I am using 4 inch perforated pvc.
Are you tying into a drain tile on the other side of the footer?
It would not be advisable to punch through the footer, nor would it be possible without something like a core drill. ..and even then, if there is rebar.