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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do sub-surface drains (e.g. French drains) work?

Do sub-surface drains (e.g. French drains, rubble drains, etc.) require a uniform rise in the water table in order to work? Or can they catch and convey localized sub-surface water? For instance, let'...
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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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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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Hooking up drain in dishwasher

I have a 2 yr old Bosch dishwasher that does not drain into the sink drain but straight down into a pipe in the ceiling below. That pipe has the proper P trap etc and worked well for my previous ...
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drainage problem from kitchen sink

My kitchen sink(double sink) backs up, there is no clog I have removed the trap, I have also removed the basement trap and snaked both ways. Now the bathroom sink will also backup at same time, so I ...
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Lowering the basement, water table 2 metre deep

My house is constructed on the side of a slope where the top of the slope is built the road. I'd like to dig out the basement which is not high enough to stand in mostly, and is just clay. As part ...
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What is a 'normal' time for water to completely drain out of a shower pan?

I installed a new shower with slimline tray. Now when I am showering there is a fair build up of water in the tray. Nothing major or overflowing, but not quite perfect. As a gauge, when I stop the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is this foundation properly supported against rotation in an earthquake?

This foundation was built 1938, and seems unusually tippy even for the time. This is in an earthquake zone, the garage has a second floor above, and the given wall is shearwalled and bolted, with ...
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Is it Okay to Snake Underground Line that has a Shielded Fernco Coupling?

I need to tie-in a pvc pipe to an existing 4 in. pvc drain pipe. I plan to use a shielded fernco coupling. Is it okay to snake a pipe that has a fernco coupling? Will the snake tear up the fernco? The ...
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Can I add an air gap to an existing drain pipe?

I am installing a water softener in my garage. There is already a place to connect into the water line (after the existing sediment filter), and there is an existing drain pipe (2 inch PVC that runs ...
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Sprinkler Box Drainage

Photos & more explanation here: Sprinkler System Album Installed Box w/ Description I recently paid a lawncare company to move my sprinkler box ... I was busy with work, patio was being ...
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Window well drainage

We live in Denver and have been getting an enormous amount of rain this year, so had to deal with some seepage issues. What we've done: Grading away from foundation outside Downspout extensions (...
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What household materials can safely be used in a French drain and dry river bed?

What household materials can safely and very economically be used in a French drain and dry river bed -- crushed plastic bottles, food cans and broken glass? My soil is total clay!
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How can I stop the smell from my kitchen drain?

Our home is 15 years old. We rented our house for a year. When we moved back it smelt like burning smell. We started getting sick. The smell seemed to come form the kitchen drain. It smelt kind of ...
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How do I stop water from leaking through the bottom of my shed walls when it rains?

I have a shed that was built on a low foundation so that when it rains water builds up against it and water tends to flow in between the concrete and the bottom of the wall and now there's mold ...