Downspout Drainage to Sewer Clogged or Leaking

So OK, I’ll admit it, I’ve been involved with multiple outdoor projects. But actually they’re all connected; the siding installation made me look at the gutter situation, and the gutter situation made me look at the downspout situation. The downspouts are in place but water should be going somewhere right? But it isn’t. It’s going down the downspout and just sitting there. Or rather if it IS draining to someplace it’s doing so VERY slowly. And I’m convinced that water sitting next to a house foundation isn’t a good idea. In fact (and I haven’t done the research) I get the feeling that if a LOT of water pools and seeps into the ground it will freezes expand.

I have a crack in my foundation that was sealed up, but it is coincidentally very close to the spot where the water that isn’t draining pools. As you can see here, The snows out there, but I’ve started to move it.


Where the water is supposed to go via gravity. And the old crack.

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So initially I’m looking at all this water go into the downspout drainage and it’s just not going anywhere, it’s just pooling along the side of the house. The water is supposed to go down that whole, connect to a pipe underground that runs parallel to the house right on out to the sewer line in front of the house.


I had 3 different shovels. A big one for the snow, a regular one for the actual dirt, and a pointy one for the tight places. Yeah, I know there’s an official name for the pointy one. And after a while I had a hole about a foot and a half down, and about 2 feet long.

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I could see I would might digging a while to find the underground pipe to the sewer, since it’s supposed to be about 3 feet down below the water table. So I decided to get a little closer to the downspout connection pipe. As I started carefully digging the dirt away from the pipe water started to seep into my whole.


And in the next photo you can see what happened as I moved even more dirt-more water came gushing out. So the location of the problem is no longer in doubt.


The only issue now was; is the tile pipe cracked and going to need replacing OR is there a clog in the pipe. I can see the water setting in that (vertical) pipe, but I don’t know if there’s just stuff in there or is the pipe cracked and not flowing into the horizontal pipe to the sewer. I’ll let you know as I get in there. I’ll connect a link to that post. And by the way Need a local handy person? Check Service Magic Call them at 877-687-4550