Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 2014 E250 Bluetec 4-Matic, 1983 240D 4-Speed
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RE: We've begun moat construction
I have considered gutter guards or even wrapping the gutters with aluminum screen. Our problem lies in the fact that the house has a relatively shallow pitch on the north side, and when it snows the roof there frequently ices up. This happens more frequently when heat from the house melts the snow on the roof very slowly and it drips into the gutter, which can be well below freezing. So it ices. If this persists I can get a significant ice build up on the roof, which will damn the flow of the melting water, leading to water leaking up under the shingles and eventually into the house. In other areas around New England I have seen electric heaters intstalled under metal covers over the last few feet of shallow pitch roofing. Somehow just removing the gutters seems to be easier and more effective.
My interior drains are installed with 6" diameter perforated tubing, as you described, that are buried so the bottom of the tube is sloped from the diagonal corner of the room, which is on the uphill side of the slope the house is built into, to a drainage collection box that is installed at a depth below the footings. on the downhill side of the house. The drain down the driveway is connected to the collection box, which is well below the bottom of the foundation footing. The slope is a couple of feet over about a 75 foot run, and when the ground water comes up every spring, the water just runs out of the 8 inch drain line, about 1/3 of the height of the inside diameter. The basement does not have standing water, but without a dehumidifier the basement is musty. The entire family is allergic to molds and things so the dehumidifier runs all the time down there. Works fine.
The interior drains are installed about 8" to 10" inside the base of the footings, meaning toward the inside of the basement. The patch work on the floor looks like hell, and is not as smooth as the original floor, but I did not want to pay to have all the floor removed and redone. We do not use the basement for living space, it is storage, mainly and I had a shop table down there once, with my tools and car parts on shelves next to it. The table is still there but it is used alternately for whatever the kid's latest interest is - at one point it was model railroads, then little electric race car tracks, and now it is just holds a ton of junk with meaning to the wife that is ultimately destined for a place in the local landfill, where it can be returned to nature. My tools and car parts are now in the "shed" outside. Jim