August 16 – 22, 2019Vol. 21, No. 11

Secure Your Structure

by Sabine Fontaine

Underneath the eaves of a seasonal camp before (above) and after (below) construction of a dripline trench. Photos courtesy of Maine Lakes Society LakeSmart.

Drip! Drip! Drip! Where does rainwater go once it lands on your roof? What does it take with it? In addition to septics, LakeSmart also looks are your structures. Specifically, we look at where water goes after it falls from your roof. Underneath the eaves lies our biggest concern. As rain falls from your eves, it hits the ground and carries dirt away towards the lake.

There is an easy solution: install driplines! A dripline trench will capture rainwater as it falls from your eves, preventing it from carrying pollutants towards the lake and reducing backsplash onto your house. Sounds great, right? Reduce pollutants being carried into the lake AND reduce the wear on your house! But wait, it gets better — you could install them yourself! Dig a trench underneath the eaves of your house 18" deep by 18" wide and fill it with crushed stone. The stones should be between ½" and 1½" in diameter. Water will drip, drip, drip off the roof and be captured, held, and infiltrated.

If there is a location where water is building up, you may need a dry well — a 3' × 3' × 3' hole filled with crushed stone. You often need dry wells in low areas or where roof lines come together and create a stream of runoff.

If you are interested in getting personalized LakeSmart recommendations for your property, you can sign up for a free, no-obligation, LakeSmart visit by contacting Sabine Fontaine at or 512-5150.