Re: french drain & storm gutter
Is the house lower than the street? If not, then a French drain may not be necessary. You only need 1/8 inch per foot fall to achieve drainage, a 1/4 inch would be better, but not absolutely necessary. That equates to roughly a 9" differential at 1/8" per foot and an 18" differential for 1/4" per foot.
If you must install a French drain, then you want to keep it as far away from the foundation as possible. The purpose of a French drain is to give an underground storage area for the water to sit while it percolates into the surrounding soil. You don't want the ground near the foundation becoming unstable.
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