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During heavy rain, every downspout on your home can send 12 gallons of water a minute to the sewer system, which increases the risk of basement backups and sewer overflows. Disconnect and help keep excess water out of sanitary sewers.
You do need enough green space in your yard to drain water into the ground naturally. You cannot create water problems for neighbors or icy conditions on sidewalks, driveways or roads. It's VERY important to check with your municipality to make sure you can legally disconnect and that you disconnect correctly.
Contact your city or village to find out if you can legally disconnect.
Measure 9" from where the downspout enters the sewer connection.
Cut the downspout with a hacksaw.
Cap the sewer pipe coming out of the ground. In most
cases, you should be able to use a simple rubber cap secured by hose
clamp. You can also use a wing-nut test plug.
the downspout INTO the elbow (if you put the elbow into the downspout,
it will leak). You may need to crimp the end of the downspout with a
pair of pliers to get a good fit.
Attach a downspout pipe extension to carry water
away from the house and foundation. You can use a hacksaw to cut the
extension to the desired length. Be sure to insert the elbow into the
extension to prevent leaks. Secure the elbow and extension with sheet
metal screws. To prevent erosion where the water drains, you can place a
splash block at the end of the downspout extension.