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KFB
Rain Gutters possible?
KFB

We live in Texas and we have gotten SLAMMED this year with rain. Our house does not have gutters or french drains and we live on a slope, so we get lots of water around our house. We just got our house leveled this past summer and are trying to do the best we can to divert water away from the house. We tried grading top soil away from the house to keep water away from it, but after this last weekend, it doesn't seem to have worked very well. We've been told by other we can't put gutters on our roof, but I am wondering if it is possible. I'm thinking we could if maybe we used a T-wedge since our eaves are angled, but I am by no means any expert on this. Or is the only option we have to do french drains? I'd really like to collect the rain water for my gardening, but the important thing is to keep the water out from under the house.

HoustonRemodeler
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HoustonRemodeler

Its certainly possible to re-engineer your house to accept standard gutters. Can it be done? Yes. Will it cost ? Yes. Will it affect the architecture / look ? You can decide that for yourself.

On the french drain thing -

You don't say where you live in Texas. This makes a difference due to soil water table levels. Round these parts a french drain system is pert near useless. Dig a hole 3 feet deep and the bottom foot will be water most days. What you really need is for the downspouts to be piped to the street (or safe distance from the house) in hard, non corregated, non perforated plastic pipe.

Since the glass of iced tea is full and there's a silly movie on TV, you'll get the full version-

1- Use SDR-35 solid pipe only. Its very easy to make it flow down hill by checking with a level as you work. Corregated pipe often gets hills and valleys which collect dirt then clog. Perforated pipe sounds good but eventually gets clogged with tree and grass roots.

2- Bring the incoming end of the pipe up the side of the house at least 12 inches above grade. 18 inches is better. This keeps mulch and vegetation from clogging the inlet side. This also adds head pressure which forces any accumulated gunk in the pipe out, and helps push any water out of the pipe where the pipe is more level than we'd like. Getting the required pitch can be a challenge at times.

3- Place the bell end uphill with every section of pipe. This creates a waterfall inside the joint instead of a lip to catch debris.

4- The exiting end should be clear. Those pop up green covers are useless and clog in short order

5- While my local code requires primer and glue, its not needed as a slight leak isn't horrible when it comes to rain water. Do get permits and use glue if your local code requires such.

6- Y joints work much better than T joints.

7- Buy many more joints and pipe than you think you'll need. Return the rest.

8- Most of the expense is digging the trenches. Either in aggravation or dollars. You choose.

9- Once complete, the system will be maintenance free. This system has been installed in my home for 15 years without any care or maintenance.

10- Nibco makes a downspout to 4 inch round connector that makes life easier.

dj1
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dj1

More about gutters:

Gutters can be attached to rafter ends like yours with special wedges to compensate for the angle. Available at gutter supply outlets.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

Round gutters (half-round actually) can be strap-hung in a 'floating' manner where the shape of the rafter tails does not matter. You may have trouble finding someone who does that kind of install (or even runs off that shape of gutter) but the hardware for it is still made and it does work.

Phil

dj1
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dj1

Here is another idea (requires no money):

Cut one foot pieces of scrap 2x with plumbed ends and attach them to every other rafter, then attach the gutters to them. Prime and paint them.

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