Gutter Bypass Surgery

We are trying to mitigate the amount of water that is getting into the basement of the Mooreland House. We cleaned up a lot of the lath and plaster that was covering the floor and saw how much water was getting in. A lot of the water was coming through the brick and stones. The so called gutters are nothing but a funnel to get all the water into the cornice moldings and force it into the brick. We took the gutters out of the system and now the water will no longer be funneled into the basement. It’s only a small area and we will see how well it works before we go on to do more of the same.

7 thoughts on “Gutter Bypass Surgery

  1. Anne Young August 25, 2022 / 18:47

    What was meant for good in a time long gone has now only added to Miss Mooreland’s list of woes. Hopefully thinking “outside of the box” will help to solve the water dilemma. I continue to cheer you on in this fascinating project that you have embraced!

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    • moorelandhouse August 25, 2022 / 18:52

      This is very temporary. We intend on making the box gutters work. We have been brainstorming for over 2 years and we think we have come up with a solution. It will be an interesting project.


  2. Richard August 25, 2022 / 19:34

    Hi as a retired Architect I have been watching your videos from the first one. I think, ( not being on site) that the gutter is not sloped properly 1/4″ per foot and that there are not enough down spouts for such a large roof area. Please consult your local building codes on this one.

    Another thing I noticed and please correct me if I am wrong, none of the stone lintels or sills have drip edges carved into them. Also I noticed a lack of flashing around the windows that you reinstalled while re-erecting the stone wall. Plus no weeps in the stone which allows moisture to escape.

    Love your videos and all the hard work just you two are doing on such a lovely structure.

    All my best


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    • moorelandhouse August 25, 2022 / 19:56

      Thanks for the comments! The gutters were sloped at one time but the galvanized metal rusted through. We do plan on putting a lot more downspouts in. We have been cutting drip edges into the lintels and sills. We missed a few but will go back and catch them. The windows are not flashed. The big windows are just 2×4 frames with clear vinyl stapled to them. When we build the new windows they are going to be flashed very well. The walls are solid and you are correct, there are no weep holes. One of the benefits of lime mortar is the ability to wick water out of the wall and it evaporates once it hits the outside surface. That is one of the reasons that cement mortar is so destructive to these old structures. It doesn’t allow the lime mortar to do it’s job of drying out the wall.


      • Richard August 25, 2022 / 21:23

        Thanks for the reply, I forgot you were using lime mortar and there were not space between the brick and stone, Just my old age lol and not ever having used Lime mortar in my career, I imagine that one would not need a vapor barrier for the interior of the walls. there was a fantastic book we called Architectural Graphic standards plubklished for many years and I don’t know if it is still published today, but get an older copy from the 50’s or 60’s and they have sone great stone construction details that you might pout to good use. Now I am off watching youtube videos so I can be a pilot !

        all my best Richard

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  3. Catherine Rieker August 26, 2022 / 02:15

    You guys have done a lot of work !! It’s been a while since I last viewed my emails !! Excellent!!

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    • moorelandhouse August 26, 2022 / 06:32

      We haven’t been updating nearly as much. We are still plodding along. =)


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