## How often do you need a downpipe?

Quality Gutter Systems are Built to Last Most gutters and downpipes, including steel and aluminium gutters, are expected to last for approximately 20 years. Copper gutters are the strongest option and they offer lifespans of almost twice as long.

**What is the maximum allowable downpipe spacing allowed?**

Downpipe (Down Pipe) Spacing: Although not stated in the plumbing code, the National Construction Code requires that a downpipe collect no more than 12m of gutter.

**What is downspout code?**

The number of downspouts will depend on the cross-section dimension of the downspout material. Allow 1 square inch of downspout cross-section for every 100 square feet of roof area. Place downspouts at least 20 feet apart but no more than 50 feet apart.

### Can a downpipe go into a soakaway?

It is therefore important that your guttering, downspout and round downpipe have sufficient capacity. This directs the rainwater from your roof via the guttering, round downpipe and the sewer pipe into the soakaway drain. The soakaway drain is very easy to install: Dig and/or drill the necessary hole.

**How are downpipes calculated?**

To calculate the minimum number of downpipes, divide the roof catchment area by the allowable maximum catchment per downpipe. To calculate the average catchment per downpipe, divide the roof catchment area by the number of downpipes.

**How much roofing is needed for a downpipe?**

the maximum allowable catchment area per downpipe is 35 m2 per downpipe with a roof area of 161 m. the manager’s residence requires a minimum number of five downpipes.

#### What is a standard downpipe size?

Round – 90mm, 100mm, 125mm, 150mm, 225mm, 250mm and 300mm. Rectangular – 100 x 50mm, 100 x 75mm, 100 x 100mm, 100 x 150mm, 150 x 150mm. Standard Lengths – 1.8m and 2.4m but custom made up to 4m long is available in most sizes.

**Can a box gutter change direction?**

Box gutter outlets must discharge through either a rainhead or sump. Box gutters must have independent overflow provision discharging to the atmosphere. change in direction (i.e. not to the side); • be straight (without change in direction); • be sealed to rainheads and sumps.

**Can I run rainwater into sewer?**

Water companies usually only accept surface water entering the public sewer if there are no other options available. In every other case, you should ensure that there are two separate pipes, one for your foul water drains to discharge to and the other for your surface water drains to discharge to.

## Are downspouts required?

If we have to sum it up in a single rule, gutters need a downspout around every 30 to 40 feet. For most homes, this means installing spouts at either end of a gutter section.

**How close can a soakaway be to a house?**

five metres

The regulations state that a rainwater soakaway must be located at least five metres from the wall of a building and at least two and a half metres from a boundary. This is to prevent subsidence of the wall and to stop rainwater on your property from flowing into your neighbour’s garden.

**Can rain water go into the sewer?**

Surface water drainage occurs when rainwater from your property drains into the sewer. Your company collects and treats this surface water. There is a charge for this service.