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Solving active sump issues

We bought our 20 year old house in Fishers, IN (northeast Indy suburb) this past summer. Three days after moving in, we had the last of the bad summer storms. One of the pumps in our Triple Safe sump ...
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Downspout extensions

I attached several corregated downspout extensions to keep the water from running into my gardens. The grass has disappeared and the downspouts are sinking into the yard. I was thinking of using ...
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Should I add sand or more limestone crush to raise a patio with no gravel bedding?

I need to regrade my patio and I had a quick look under the pavers to see how it was built. To my surprise I found the following layers: one thin layer off gravel -you would say it is about 1/4in ...
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What can I do about a window well that is filling up with water from below the surface?

I have 2 covered basement window wells on the side of my house. When it rains heavily, they fill up with water from beneath the surface. There are 4 downspouts from the gutters on our roof. They run ...
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Who is the right professional to call for drainage issues?

I've got some concerns about the drainage on our property and want to consult with a professional about. The problems, I'm not sure what kind of professional to call. To provide some context, ...
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How to fix the slant of bathroom floor

This is a follow up question to How long does caulk need to dry in a 1" gap? Some additional background information is that this is in China and bathrooms are not designed for contained ...
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Shoring up drainage culvert slope

I just bought a new house, and the drainage culvert out front along the road has several areas where the slope has collapsed, resulting in what looks like a miniature landslide landscape. What is the ...
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How to diagnose a greywater system backup

In recent weeks I have noticed that the drain pipe from the washing machine has been overflowing into the laundry room. We stopped using the washer thinking that we needed a plumber to come to the ...
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Kitchen sink draining into catch basin

For a house that I'm in the process of buying, there is what I think is called a "catch basin" in the backyard (under a manhole-looking cover). It seems that the kitchen sink may be draining into ...
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Why is my shower not draining, even though there is no physical blockage?

I've recently moved in to a new home. For a while the shower was draining really slow, as there was no access to the pipework (it's all tiled in), I ended up ripping the shower tray out in order to ...
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Drain Help - Cannot Divert to Street

I have a drainage issue in my back yard that we've dealt with for years. I have a few ideas, yet I thought I'd post one to see if it will work first. We live in a typical SoCal track home surrounded ...
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French Drain placement question

I am installing a French drain around the back side of my house to help protect the perimeter foundation. I have a 31'X 36' patio butted up against part of the foundation. Should I also install the ...
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basement sump pump water level above drain tile

We bought our house in December of 2015. House is situated at bottom of the slope (backyard is slopping towards the back of the house not very steep - but still negative slope). House has sump pump ...
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Ejector Pit & Sump Pit Combined - Whats a good backup option?

Here in Chicago we have a combined sewer and storm drain system - as a result it's not uncommon to have sump pits and ejector pits combined - which is the case in my basement. The ejector then handles ...
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Collapsing wooden basement walkout

The issue: We bought a house, built around 1985, but it has this extremely poorly built walkout from the basement. It looks like the builder's "solution" for drainage was a bent piece of tin ...
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How can I rig a battery backed-up sump pump for an exterior pit?

I have an exterior sump pit which gets all the water from my downspouts and french drains and pumps it out to a rain tank and overflow into a leeching field. Because of where the pit is, if the pump ...
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Wind from kitchen sink drainage pipe

We live on a windy coast of North Sea. High wind is a norm here. One of the problems I face with the wind: it comes out from kitchen sink drainage pipe. If it is blowy outside, you can feel a draft ...
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How to fill soil void along basement wall?

The previous homeowners did not keep up with the downspouts and some erosion occurred. All of the drains to the street are great and I have reconnected the downspouts to the drain pipes; some were ...
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Is it OK to drain sump water into a pond?

My current sump system drains into an area that has high traffic for various activities such as log splitting and brush clearing. This creates a very muddy mess. I want to relocate the sump drain pipe ...
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Kitchen sink/garbage disposal waste draining into backyard

I've recently discovered that my mother in-law has a planter outside her kitchen window which is catching run off from her sink. There is a pool of water and a smell that can now be detected from the ...
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Drainage problem

I built a room to my existing house which created a pitch on the roofline. When it pours rain, the water pools under my window and seeps into my house. I have put up gutters and also a rain ...
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How do I prevent flood waters from entering my house?

I live in a city where every time a heavy downpour lasts for more than 15 minutes there is flooding everywhere. When the water in the street have no more place to go, it then enters my driveway/patio. ...
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What could cause my washing machine to stop before the rinse cycle?

My washing machine will get stuck right before the rinse cycle. The washing machine will be full of water. The way to "fix it" is to twist the knob right after the "rinse" line, find the sweet spot, ...
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air trapped in sink drain?

A modest sized object had fallen into my bathroom sink causing (I assume) the sink to drain slowly. That is, at first (after dropping the item) the sink seemed to drain fine but eventually it slowed ...
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What is the best way to seal a French drain board due to high levels of radon?

The Radon level in my crawl space is above the threshold (~5.5) and the level in my basement is around 4. I'd like to install a radon mitigation fan that sucks air from the sump pump of a French ...
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Outside drain - how to replace this grate?

I'm planning to redo a back entrance into the REO house I bought. There is this drain: see images which seems like it had a grate on it initially but was broken out? It's hard to read - but it ...
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Raised Concrete Patio Drainage

I recently purchased this house which has a raised concrete patio in the rear that has a large depression in the middle probably 4' wide by 6' long. You can see the cracks in the concrete where the ...
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Draining from gutters

Currently at my house that I bought recently, I have one side of the house draining the gutters down some pvc pipes that end up draining into my sewage line. On the other side of the house, the ...
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Odor from shower drain

Two year old house: we are getting an occasional sewer odor from the shower drain after using the shower. It appears that the water is occasionally siphoning out of the trap after using the ...
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Superior option for gutters/downspouts?

I am looking at replacing a downspout and possibly some gutters. Currently I have the usual rectangular white aluminum downspouts and gutters. My concern with those is that they have limited ...
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Standing Water on French Drain

What could be causing standing water on top of a new yard french drain? I am working on a french drain solution in my backyard. I just finished covering the last section up yesterday and it started ...
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Bathroom clogging

Ok I 2 bathrooms washer and dryer and a kitchen lol. My master bath and washer and dryer are closest to septic and have never had issues the kitchen has backed up once . Now I have a shower sink and ...
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Dishwasher Drain Into Sink instead of Under?

Is it ok to have the drain hose of the dishwasher just set into the kitchen sink and set in place, or do I have to merge it with the drain under the sink? I am leaving this apartment soon (with my ...
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Drainage Pipe Question

I need to divert water from a rain gutter. The problem is that I need to run the pipe under a side driveway. What is the best pipe that will hold up with vehicle traffic? How deep does the ditch need ...
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Would a french drain solve my water issues?

My yard slopes toward my house. The foundation is 2 to 3 feet below the yard. I have water that seeps into the crawl space after large rains. Would a linear french drain 6 to 8 ft. out from the house ...
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Backyard Drainage Issues

I recently had a sink hole in my backyard that I consulted with here on DIY and got some helpful responses. This was as a result of an old well. It was fixed by a landscape architect. However, after ...
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Can I install a sink that drains into this floor drain?

I would like to install a sink in my basement but the only drain that is close to it is being used for the HVAC. Can I use this existing drain for the sink as well? This is roughly how the drain is ...
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Coping stone mismatch on corner of roof causing water damage to my wall

I moved into my house 18 months ago and the back of my flat roof extension has drainage issues. You can see from the picture that the coping stones don't fit correctly on the corner (red circle) ...
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Installing washer/dryer combo in kitchen

Due to space constraints, I am planning to install 1 1/2 inch pvc piping through cabinetry to the sink tailpiece (with some type of tee) which will go straight down to the p-trap to the main kitchen ...
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What is causing my kitchen drain to back up into my dishwasher?

I have tried vinegar and baking soda and a commercial cleaner. When I use the plunger the water in time will go down. What should I do first? Should I take my dishwasher apart or the attempt to clean ...
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Pathway / French Drain combo

My back yard is basically shaped like a bowl and is lower than all the surrounding area on all sides. We have very heavy clay soil and for much of the year there is standing water in the lawn. I ...
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Drain hose of washing machine too low?

I just bought a front load washing machine and installed it. The plumbers in our bldg. installed the incoming water hose and the drain hose to the wall. Problem is that when the washing machine ...
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Water logging in demolished pool area

I recently got a pool filled in in my backyard. The Contractor cut three large holes (3x3') in the bottom of the pool before filling it. This is the first heavy rain of the season and I see a lot of ...
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Can I regrade this gravel section of yard myself?

My home is at lower elevation from the street. Water runs down the asphalt driveway and there is a french drain in front of the garage. On one side of the driveway there is a gravel patch that is not ...
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Flood prevention in laundry closet

I recently bought a house with the laundry closet upstairs. The washer and dryer were conveyed to us by the sellers. The washer does not have a drain pan underneath it, and as far as I can see, the ...
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Can vermin come in through your toilet or shower drain and, if so, what can you do about it?

First, I'm not sure that this is what's happening but I suspect this is the problem. On occasion my wife and I find cockroaches in our house. This isn't very frequent (I'll find one once every few ...
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In CLAY soil, looking for best method to set wood fence posts?

I am getting ready to install a wood fence. My problem is I have soil that is mostly clay. What is the best method to install posts in poor draining clay, giving me the best longevity?
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After what depth is a subsurface drain (e.g. French drain) no longer practical?

We currently have a building underway and it's foundation consists of individual concrete footings extending 3m (~10 ft) below ground. It's also worth noting that the structure does not have a ...
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Blockage in bendy pipe

I have a problematic pipe that has a blockage. Problematic for three reasons: I could not snake through it (I have a 25 feet snake with a manual spin, spent a good while spinning trying to snake ...
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Bathroom drainage: bath's water flooding shower

I have a drainage problem in the bathroom. So, after a bath, I drain the bath water into the bath sinkhole. But most of the bath water comes out of the shower sinkhole, flooding the shower and onto ...