Re: Gutters & Backyard Drainage
It is always best to divert water as far away from the house as possible. Terminating the downspouts at the side of the house is ok, as long as the ground slopes away from the house and the water does not pool or dissipate near the foundation.
My suspicion of your problem is that the backyard is the best/easiest place to divert gutter drains to, whether you can relocate those drains will depend on whether or not you can install drainage to municipal drain systems (street, drainage canal, creek, etc. ). If you cannot install underground pipe, then is it possible to regrade the dirt to create natural run off channels, for instance, a shallow trough from the side of the house out to the street.
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