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Rosalyn Edmonds
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Username: Resident2004

Post Number: 3
Registered: 06-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 09:14 am:   

Why has Frisco instituted running underground gutter downspouts on new homes? My downspouts were retrofitted with underground piping without notice or consent. There must be a good explaination, but I can't figure out what it is. Not only will the sitting water provide environment for mosquito larvae, there are ground level holes which my children (and their friends) can easily step in.

Also, although the houses on my street were all built within the same year, not all of the downspouts have been replaced. What is the criteria?

Steve Covington, Asst. Chief Building Official
Username: Steve

Post Number: 8
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 07:28 am:   

Section 801.3 of the International Residential Code requires roof drainage be collected and discharged at least five feet from the foundation. When this can not be effectively obtained by grading, downspouts may be extended underground to a pop-up type drain cover or grate. It should not terminate in open pipe or hole. The pipe or grate termination may be perforated to allow water that remains in the pipe to percolate into the soil.
You may contact the Building Inspections Dept. at 972 335-5580.

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Username: Hawkmoon

Post Number: 10
Registered: 09-2004
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 12:31 pm:   

My home was built in '93 and we just recently put gutters on. Are we now required to extend the drainage 5ft. from the house?

Steve Covington, Asst. Chief Building Official
Username: Steve

Post Number: 9
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 05:07 pm:   

Recently installed gutters on an existing residence would not require extensions on the downspoouts. Extensions are strongly recommended if you have areas that would trap water within five feet of the foundation, such as landscape beds.

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