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Curlswirl 05-19-2013 03:55 PM

Noisy gutter drainpipe by my window
 
Recently my building super installed a gutter drainpipe that is 3 feet above the ground because there is now a new basement apartment and it needs to be away from its back entrance door. When it rains it makes a lot of noise and keeps me up. My super doesn't know how to make the noise stop. Does anyone here have any suggestions?

mrspoppers 05-19-2013 07:37 PM

I'm not sure I understand what the water is dripping on or how making the drain pipe 3 feet from the ground keeps it away from the back door. He needs to add an extension to the pipe so it drains directly onto a tray that directs water away from the building.

Curlswirl 05-19-2013 08:27 PM

Thanks for responding. The gutter drainpipe is at an angle along the side of the building and then it goes straight down but it is 3 feet above the ground. The water is going straight down into a recess in the ground that has some rocks in it and a deep pool of water develops and it is noisy. I have no idea why my super has installed the pipe the way he did but your suggestion makes a lot of sense. I will tell him and I hope he listens. He doesn't seem to want to change it and just wants to maybe put some foam rubber under it to silence it. I think the noise will also bother the tenant who will move in soon unless he or she can sleep through an earthquake. I am hoping that will soon motivate the super to fix it. He did install this Rain Gutter Accessory-Stop Noisy Downspouts but it didn't help.

mrspoppers 05-19-2013 09:04 PM

Oh yeah, it really needs to go all the way to the ground. Water hitting the ground from 3 feet up will be noisy. The only other thing I can thing of is a heavy chain running from the bottom of the drain pipe but that seems like more work than just attaching a three foot extension with a couple of screws.

Curlswirl 05-19-2013 09:42 PM

Thanks again. That does sound like a lot of work. What do you think of the super's idea to put foam rubber under it?

mrspoppers 05-20-2013 01:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Curlswirl (Post 2171811)
Thanks again. That does sound like a lot of work. What do you think of the super's idea to put foam rubber under it?

It sounds like it would get mossy and moldy and look terrible.

spiderlashes5000 05-20-2013 02:54 PM

Has the downspout changed location or is it just now shorter? Facing in a different direction? I doubt there is any good reason it has to end 3 feet above grade. He probably just needed to replace it and he only had a short piece.

Curlswirl 05-20-2013 03:25 PM

The super changed the location of the drainpipe because there is now a door for a basement apartment where it used to be. He said it needs to be 3 feet above the ground because of the door. I think he created a recess in the dirt in the yard for the water to pool into which is loud. I am so tired from not sleeping so many nights. If he refuses to fix it I wonder if an inspector from the tenants rights office in my city can tell him how to fix it.

spiderlashes5000 05-20-2013 03:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Curlswirl (Post 2172050)
The super changed the location of the drainpipe because there is now a door for a basement apartment where it used to be. He said it needs to be 3 feet above the ground because of the door. I think he created a recess in the dirt in the yard for the water to pool into which is loud. I am so tired from not sleeping so many nights. If he refuses to fix it I wonder if an inspector from the tenants rights office in my city can tell him how to fix it.

I was going to say...if you want to be a real PITA about, you can call your city's Code Enforcement office and ask them to look at it. Or just contact the owner or management company and explain the problem directly to him/her/them.

We don't have a "tenant's rights" office here so I don't know exactly what that is or what they cover.


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