# Drywell calculator

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by bigviclbi, Aug 11, 2012.

1. ### bigviclbiLawnSite Senior Memberfrom njMessages: 900

A customer would like to tie his gutters into a drywell. How do I measure how big of a pit I need to dig? The soil is sandy so it drains well. I was going to do a 4'x4 pit filled with 1"-2" gravel. I'm sure it has to do with roof sq ft and amount of rain but the only formulas I found had to do with soil analysis. Looking for a quick real world answer. Is one of the basins they sell at supply yards that much better than a gravel filled pit?

2. ### GreenLightLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Birmingham, AlabamaMessages: 521

That's a LOT of water for a drywell to handle, especially a 4x4 drywell. One downspout is easily capable of putting out 10 gallons per minute in heavy rains. If you had two tied into it, you could quickly put 100-200 gallons in it in 10 minutes during steady rain.

3. ### tadpoleLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Pensacola, FloridaMessages: 1,221

Install a rainwater harvesting system. HO would have extra FREE water available for irrigation.

4. ### DVS HardscaperLawnSite Fanaticfrom County JailMessages: 6,576

An engineer can calculate it.

But I never had a dry well engineered.

We usually do 6x6x6
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5. ### bigviclbiLawnSite Senior Memberfrom njMessages: 900

Thanks. It's not the whole house only three gutters which is about half the roof.

6. ### tadpoleLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Pensacola, FloridaMessages: 1,221

If you know the area (sq/ft) of the portion of the roof involved and find your local rainfall rate (seasonal), you can easily determine the required capacity of a drywell or a reservoir for a rain harvesting system.