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meeple
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Running backyard drainage outlet to street
I have a drainage system in my backyard and it currently runs to the rear of the lot into a ditch. There are a few issues that are leading me to leave most of it in place, but instead route it along the side of my house to the street out front.

My question is, I have a sidewalk and everything between the sidewalk and the street is city property. Can I route a pipe under the sidewalk, chip out a section of curb along the side of the street, and route the water here? I plan to patch the outlet of the pipe with cement to smooth out the curb. I see where people have done this with swimming pools and the like around the neighborhood. Is a permit required to do this?

ETA: There are no covenant restrictions where I live
This post was edited on 9/13 at 3:28 pm


AlxTgr
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re: Running backyard drainage outlet to street
I see a lot of that on my street. I suspect you are supposed to contact the city and that permits are required. I also suspect that if the job is done quickly causing no inconveniences to neighbors and no damage, no one will ever say a word.


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Dlawnboy
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re: Running backyard drainage outlet to street
Every house on my street has that. Tunneled under sidewalk and cut out at the curb. Ask forgiveness if it ever comes up.


CarRamrod
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WHODAT514
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re: Running backyard drainage outlet to street
I did this to my old house. I had the lines located and ran my drain pipe out to the street. I used a piece of extra pipe and hammered it thru under the sidewalk, once I got it under I pressured washed it to rid it of the dirt and connected it to the rest of the pipe. it ended up coming out right at the curb so I just cut it off even with the grade and never had an issue. it worked great and still does. I had a huge write-up on it but all pics on photo bucket. ill make a imgur account later and post them.


tipup
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re: Running backyard drainage outlet to street
Call 811 first and have them mark any utility lines, its free and fairly fast.


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meeple
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re: Running backyard drainage outlet to street
How do you all bust up the concrete at the curb? Chisel and hammer?


TU Rob
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re: Running backyard drainage outlet to street
quote:

How do you all bust up the concrete at the curb? Chisel and hammer?


You could rent a demo hammer from Home Depot fairly cheap. Worth it. I was going to hammer out some old tile walls and floor in a bathroom renovation. Got after it for about 15 minutes without making much progress (old chicken wire behind the tiles) The next day went to rent the tool. 45 minutes total and the whole bathroom was down to studs.


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10MTNTiger
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re: Running backyard drainage outlet to street
you may need a NPDES permit. I would definitely get authorization in writing before you do this, EPA doesn't play


Big L
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re: Running backyard drainage outlet to street
If you have enough vertical drop, you can add a pop up emitter and skip busting up the curb. Google pop up emitter doctor drainage and some bald dude who calls himself Dr drainage will tell you about it


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