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Storm pipe freezing (by DonV [OH]) Nov 18, 2020 4:57 PM
       Storm pipe freezing (by Richard [MI]) Nov 18, 2020 5:29 PM
       Storm pipe freezing (by Steve [MA]) Nov 18, 2020 5:54 PM
       Storm pipe freezing (by DonV [OH]) Nov 19, 2020 10:19 AM
       Storm pipe freezing (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Nov 21, 2020 8:48 AM

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Storm pipe freezing (by DonV [OH]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 4:57 PM

I have seen storm sewer pipes here in ohio outside a few inches under the ground. I know they freeze BUT I have seen it not cause a problem. My thought was if the pipe freezes so is everything above ground so nothing is draining anyway. If it warms up quickly the pipe could still be below freezing and could potentially freeze and stop flow. How likely is this to happen?

I have a choice to run a catch basin in my drive to my neighbors land then daylight and flow overland. I cant get it more then a foot deep. My only other choice is deeper and involves running power installing a grinder pump in and manhole and running a line to the street 100 yards away.

The first option is way cheaper and way less maintenance. I am really hoping to simply run it shallow and to my neighbors. Do you think this will work?

Storm pipe freezing (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 5:29 PM

Your neighbor might be unhappy about that. Lots of towns have ordinances that say no dumping or routing water onto your neighbors property.

Why not create a dry well on your own property. Dig a hole about 4 feet in diameter and 6 feet deep. Fill it wirh rocks of various sizes and route the drainpipe to it. As water goes in, it goes out the bottom.

Here's a little story: I had a home where the neighbor graded their yard to run off into mine. This runoff went between my garage and the house, a space of about 8 feet and in a good rain would be 4+ inches deep. There was a swale between the houses that could have accommodated the runoff and directed it to the street. I asked the neighbor to do a little contour on his yard to direct the water into the swale. All I got was the finger from him. So I built a retaining wall about 16 inches high all the way down my side to protect my house. Next heavy rain the water backed up on his side and unfortunately it rose over the window well lip of his basement windows and put a few thousand gallons into his basement. After that he made the contour to his yard and the water ran down the swale and he had no more problems. --75.7.xx.xx

Storm pipe freezing (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 5:54 PM

If you can pitch the pipe at least 1/8" & preferably 1/4" per foot to daylight you shouldn't have any freeze problems. Of course as Richard mentioned your neighbor might not be too thrilled with the water dumping onto his property especially if it freezes there.

Storm pipe freezing (by DonV [OH]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2020 10:19 AM

Interesting about the slope, thanks! It is going to be tough to get that slope but I will do my best.

My water originally went to his property so by law they have to continue to drain it. We get along great and they were fine with it I talked with them. Well idea is good but to much water coming in.

Storm pipe freezing (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2020 8:48 AM

you have a common problem that is addressed by pro's all across the world

I do not believe your solution is well thought out

SEEK PROFESSIONAL for your proper solution --73.61.xx.xx

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