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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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How do I seal this grating when it rains?

I use this 6x10' grating for sunlight and aeration but its a menace when it rains. I have used multiple plastic sheets and tarpaulins. They do block the rainwater but start leaking or tearing apart ...
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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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identifying drainage problems without pulling up the floor

Help. We bought a house 2 yrs ago and remodeled it to within an inch of its life. Both my husband and I have mold allergies. The house is on a slab so we pulled all carpet and put in moisture barrier ...
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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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how to extend washing machine drainage hose such that it doesn't leak

I have a portable washing machine that I want to keep in one of our bedrooms and thus need to extend the stock drainage hose. My current solution is: buy the necessary length of clear plastic tubing ...
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what is the right drainage system around a floating crawlspace foundation?

4 years ago I bought a house in a town on the Canadian border of MN. What I didn't realized was...the property is sloping and my neighbor filled his property up so it's half a foot higher than mine. ...
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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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Concrete walkway - drainage issues

I had a concrete walkway installed adjacent to my house to improve drainage. The house is slab on grade with stucco exterior walls. The contractor did a nice job with it expect the level as it abuts ...
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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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Looking to install either tile or pavers over a concrete slab in questionable condition that slopes toward my house

I'm an owner builder who grew up building houses with my dad. I recently purchased a long-term investment property in Los Angeles and am in the home stretch of a 3 month project. It's done a pretty ...
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Front yard flooding, drainage help needed

[Front yardThe front of my yard faces the main road, which is on a higher grade than my driveway. My driveway dips for the first approx. 5 feet, then dips back up towards my garage, this causes water ...
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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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Roof drainage pipe clogged

I have a concrete house and there is a drainage pipe from the roof that seemed clogged. The pipe from the roof top the bottom is within the concrete wall. At the bottom, the pipe comes from three ...
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Channel water off very steep staymat/small stones driveway

We have a very steep driveway made of stay mat/small stones. Every time it rains, the driveway gets washed out. We have tried so many things to stop this. We have dug trenches going across the ...
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Digging 4-foot drainage trench

I am contemplating digging a drainage trench to drain my gutters instead of just having them empty onto my lawn. My plan is to go down 4 feet which is the frost line here and then install perforated ...
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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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Foundation drain leaking?

The eavestroughs (rain gutters) on this house drain into a 4" PVC pipe system, I suspected there was a leak somewhere because of mold inside at that corner of the house. I dug down a couple of feet ...
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Does siphoning through a garden hose to a basement make sense?

I'd like to drain some rainwater sitting on an in-ground pool cover. I siphoned the first few inches quite easily with one end at the street level—which, luckily, is a little lower than both the front-...
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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, here'...
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Does a French drain need to terminate above ground?

I'm in central Florida (lots of rain and sandy soil), and have had drainage issues around my house. I'm putting in french drains to resolve this. As shown in the image below, the drain (red) will be ...
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Is kitchen sink drain water toxic?

I've had a partially blocked kitchen sink for a few days and have had a few dishes that have been laying in the water that's flowed up from the sink drain for a few days. These have developed a ...
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Replace pop-up with flip sink drain covers?

I had my house replumbed to code and put new sink basins in with pop up wastes. But I find that the water drains slowly, and the brand I'm using breaks easily so that they don't click in and out. I've ...
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Surface Water Drain Solution Between House and Retaining Wall

My house is a old colonial cape built in the 1800s that has had additions built over the years. The original house was built into a rocky hillside with a very shallow pier and beam foundation. The ...
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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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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 bathtubs/...
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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 this,...
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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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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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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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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 shower....
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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 capacity,...
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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 ...