Last winter I experimented with re-routing the downspout by the front entrance to avoid problems with ice and water against the corner of the foundation. My solution was to direct the water to the ground beneath the hedges directly in front of the steps. This reduced the ice near the foundation, but also created a dangerous ice problem on the steps down to the sidewalk.
This year, my downspout experiment is aimed at fixing the problem of ice on the stairs, but it looks absolutely ridiculous. Now the water will be directed to the ground alongside the front walk steps– over 12 feet from the corner of the building.
This much horizontal run has its own complications, particularly the potential for ice build-up inside the pipe. There is no perfect solution with downspout alone.
The real problem in this spot is the soil grading and the amount of concrete. The sidewalk completely covers the ground from the foundation of my house to the fence with my neighbor. And the limited amount of open ground nearby all slopes to the concrete sidewalks. The best fix that I can think of is removing some (or all) of that sidewalk and adjusting the soil grading. Adding a buried drain line would be a good idea, too
A neighbor up the street took on a similar project this past summer. I will have to talk with him about the costs and time involved with attempting that project myself. Unless my ridiculous downspout proves to be a success, I’m going to need to attempt a more involved solution for drainage. I don’t want to keep experimenting with downspout for many more winters.