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Smoked some grass recently, but probably not what youre thinking.  :cigar:

Im talking about downspouts that are routed underground and then pop up in a different location.

One we did recently had the popup valve right in the middle of the lawn! We knew it was there, and paid some attention to it, presoaking it and keeping area as wet as possible going along, but this particular home had several items that were crucial to keep wet constantly, so its not the only place we needed to concentrate.  Not much passed thru there until the rinse.  Looked fine when we left, but I did a drive by a couple days later and noted a patch of totally dead grass just below the downspout.

How long does it take for the grass to die, if its going to? And plants for that matter as well? How long do you all find it takes before it shows as "dead or not dead"? Its not immediate, but is it a day, a couple days, what if everything is ok a week after? Are you sure at that point that everything made it ok? 

What can be done about these underground downspouts with popups in the yard?

 

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I hate pop ups.....

 

Agreed. Water the living helk out of the area and put a bunch of gypsum pellets anywhere the mix can go and water that in as well, preferably before you start cleaning. It isn't a fail safe but does help. 

Main thing is to set the expectation with the customer that some grass may have to die no matter what you do if they want their ugly as sin roof to look pretty again. 

I think if you make it a week with no plant damage you are in the clear.  

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Grass will die within a week, small plants the same, larger plants not for awhile, but it's really hard to kill a big bush, may get a few leaves but they'll come back. If grass dies, give it a week or so and spread few bags of dirt from HD and spread some seed. Rye comes up the quickest.

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Smoked some grass recently, but probably not what youre thinking.  :cigar:

Im talking about downspouts that are routed underground and then pop up in a different location.

One we did recently had the popup valve right in the middle of the lawn! We knew it was there, and paid some attention to it, presoaking it and keeping area as wet as possible going along, but this particular home had several items that were crucial to keep wet constantly, so its not the only place we needed to concentrate.  Not much passed thru there until the rinse.  Looked fine when we left, but I did a drive by a couple days later and noted a patch of totally dead grass just below the downspout.

How long does it take for the grass to die, if its going to? And plants for that matter as well? How long do you all find it takes before it shows as "dead or not dead"? Its not immediate, but is it a day, a couple days, what if everything is ok a week after? Are you sure at that point that everything made it ok? 

What can be done about these underground downspouts with popups in the yard?

 

Always ask where the gutter downspouts go, on any job. 

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