We recently replaced our air compressor and air handler and installed a new unit which controls not just the temperature, but also humidity in our house. The HVAC guys installed a new air handler in the crawl space of our house. They drew a new pipe from the air handler which sticks out from the crawl space to drain water into our back yard. According to the installation guys, we may have up to 5 gallons of water a day being pulled from our house by the new air handler, this water drains out from the pipe and is dumped into our back yard. The HVAC installers left the pipe sticking out, leaving it to us to decide how to direct the drainage.
The HVAC guys recommended two options for directing the drainage: Dig a deep hole under the end of the pipe--place an upside down bucket in the hole, fill half the bucket w/ gravel. Drill a hole in the top of the bucket, seal the pipe into this hole so that water flows into the bucket. or: lengthen the pipe--dig a ditch, attach PVC to the current end of the pipe, and lay a length of PVC along our yard, keeping a 5 degree drop per foot of pipe to allow water to flow down the extension.
I'm thinking of opting for the later option. I am thinking I could drill holes on the bottom of the PVC extension, dig a ditch, lay gravel down in the ditch, and lay the drilled PVC pipe on top of this gravel lined ditch. I would not extend the pipe more than 10 feet.
What do you think of my PVC soaker idea? Could this work? I have heard of pipes actually sucking in dirt and getting clogged--which could turn out to be a problem. If I laid the pipe on top of gravel and only drilled holes on the bottom of the pipe--do you think it would work?
Do you think this is too much water for nearby grass or plants? I don't want root rot.
What do you think would be the best way of directing the water...the way that would be most beneficial/least harmful to my grass and plants?
Has anyone tried anything like this at all?
TIA! Heidi Raleigh, NC