A.Corresponding Editor Paul Fisette responds: This is a terrible idea. Don’t do it. Downspouts should feed into a solid, non-perforated pipe that directs roof water far away from the house. The pipe should run independently from the footing drain.

Surprisingly, there is nothing in most building codes that prevents you from connecting downspouts to a foundation’s perimeter drainage system. The pipes used for perimeter drainage have slits or weep holes along the pipe to allow water to enter the pipe and be carried away. The goal is to remove water from around the foundation. Bringing...

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