We have had a cracked concrete porch removed and are having it replaced with composite decking.
The workers had to take away some dirt/rocks to keep the porch from ending up too high off the ground.
I asked them to be sure to divert the water from the down spouts well away from the house since this area in now a little low.
This is their solution. a down spout running out to an older wood deck. Wont this just cause a problem in that spot? What would be the correct way to handle this?
Be free with your thoughts and advice!
This is from earlier this summer - we had an older huge pool replaced with this smaller one...but this is what is beyond the questionable area...you can see the corner of the screen porch there.
Does the ground under the deck slope away from the foundation and not allow water to puddle under the deck?
I'm not impressed with their solution of dumping the water on to the top of the deck. I'd want the water to go under the deck and out to daylight on the ground, well away from the house. I would assume in KY that freezing conditions happen, having the water dump out on top of the deck right by the screened porch door just looks like an accident waiting to happen. I would kick the leader pipe out to the area in the corner where the new upper deck meets the existing lower deck.
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Is there room to turn to run under the old deck? I would think that it would keep that wood too wet.
Definitely a little low under the structure. After this pic was taken I showed it to them and asked them to add more dirt/rock back..but I know they didn't put back more than a couple of wheelbarrow loads.
So, would they have to notch those boards to get the drain out over in that corner?
And you are right - KY does have lots of freezing temps in the winter. The ground does freeze.
Metwo - yes it could probably go under the old deck. I just thought it should be draining to an uncovered area. Maybe not that important?
It would depend what is under the old deck. It should somehow lead out to the back yard so it doesn't stand around any structures.
In theory, it was a good idea, and executed nicely. Until it spills out onto the old wood deck. If my guys wasted their time doing all that work, I would probably be furious at first, then really get a good laugh out of it, because they were trying to over-engineer it when it could have been handled very simply.It really should have ran through the deck and then underneath it to an area where the run off wasnt going to be in contact with so much wood or a general walking area. It also looks like that mound of dirt along the front of the newly framed deck isnt doing you a whole lot of justice when it comes to drainage issues.
Just my .02
Christopher R. Johnson
Journeyman Carpenter &
Home Remodeling Expert
I really know nothing about any of this, but (aside from the drain pipe question, my very first thought was...won't there be rain dripping through the new boards onto the ground beneath? With the drainage problem as shown in the photo THAT water will not drain properly either without the proper slope.
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