Asked on Dec 23, 2018

How can I direct rain water away from my driveway?

OlivaPam WalkerSteven


5 answers
  • Cindy
    on Dec 23, 2018

    Hi Claudette. I'm Cindy. The gutters on our house collect the water coming from the roof. The downspouts are on all the corners. When the water hits the ground, we have accordion-style tubes that we use to re-direct the water. They are flexible so you can direct the flow of the water any way you want. In your case, you would be able to re-direct the rainwater away from your driveway. Good luck Claudette and Happy Holidays.

  • Ellis
    on Dec 23, 2018

    I too have used the flexible tubes Cindy wrote about. They're available in stores like Home Depot, and come in green, brown, black, beige or white, and are called Flex-A-Spout downspout extensions. Depending on where you place them, the color can really help hide them. I've also used plastic splashblocks, which also come in various colors to match the location, to catch water and redirect it in places where the flexible tubes won't work.

    The farther away from the house you can direct the water, the better.

  • Steven
    on Dec 23, 2018

    Hello Claudette, it would be nice to see your driveway to see where the water is coming from.

  • Pam Walker
    on Dec 23, 2018

    IF the water is coming from your houses' drain gutters, you could re-route them. IF the water is coming from somewhere else & landing in the driveway, you could dig a ditch (only needs to be about several inches across & deep & place a cavity pipe inside. A cavity pipe is round & has openings on one side like a grate. Place it inside the ditch to catch the rain & re-route it somewhere else (the curb maybe or street). This could be placed at the edge where your property line starts to prevent the water from coming into your yard instead of beside your driveway if desired. If you can't find the pipe, make your own by buying a 4 inch x 8 foot piece of PVC & drill some oversized holes along one side. If your problem is greater than 8 feet, you will havta buy more pipes. PVC is the cheapest way I think. Hope this helps. :)

  • Oliva
    on Dec 23, 2018

    Hi, Claudette,

    If you've never worked with perforated pipe in the past, consider encasing it in a specially designed sleeve that slows any silt from entering. Additionally, the perforation side of the pipe is placed in the trench, facing the sky, with gravel below and above it, to filter more water.

    Your trench should gradually slope down toward the front of your property, or the location where you want it to discharge. In most communities, it's required to discharge onto your property, usually several feet prior to the property line.

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