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Preventing Clogging/Flooding at bottom of exterior basement steps

I just purchased a house this weekend, and moved in yesterday. I live in MD (USA), and there just happened to be a torrential downpour yesterday after we moved in. I went downstairs to check my sump ...
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Will my french drain clog/erode my soil if the pipe has holes on top?

Yesterday, I bought some piping at Home Depot for my french drain project. The solid pipe looked good with the proper alignment of holes. However, I needed flexible piping due to the nature of my ...
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Water is seeping in garage

Water is seeping through garage wall .People suggest dig and put French drain .I start to dig but can I put more concrete by the footer and support the wall instead of French drain? The water is ...
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Will installing closed cell spray foam over ventilation for basement French drain significantly affect performance?

Question: Will installing closed cell spray foam over the ventilation for a basement French drain significantly affect the sump pump system's ability to remove water from the basement? Background: I ...
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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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Should a basement interior drain be installed above or next to footings?

I am DIYing in a perimeter drain in my basement with some hired help. I am doing it because my water problem is not severe; I get very little water and only when it rains a whole lot. I know "very ...
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Do I Need to Replace My Sump Pump Basin or liner?

While replacing the sump pump in 1 of 2 sump pits in my home, I noticed that the liner of the basin was deteriorating in a few spots. It was completely discolored from the original blue to brown or ...
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Can I lay stepping stones over a french drain?

I am planning to install a french drain around my garage and make a walkway on top of it. I know the overall procedure for the french drain installation but am not sure how to make a walkway over it. ...
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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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How should I install a french drain in this situation, and will it help?

I need to install a french drain to prevent the water from getting to the wall of my house. The water is coming off a patio, here is the layout I would like to understand a couple of things: 1) ...
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Concrete slabs or French drain for preventing water to infiltrate basement walls

First of all I want to make it clear that I do understand the importance of waterproofing below the grade. This post is about a temporary solution till I decide what to do and I have the money and the ...
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How close is too close, when digging below foundation level?

I'm digging a drainage trench near my foundation, and have hit the bottom edge of that foundation. In this case it's a T style foundation at the edge of a slab, but elsewhere there's no slab. From ...
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Should I be concerned about foundation seepage and what to do about it?

We recently bought a 20 yr old home next to a lake in NC.. within a couple thousand feet. It doesn't rain incredibly often here but we've noticed when it does rain it pours 2-3 times the amount we ...
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How do I install this sump basin?

I have 110 year old house. The basement concrete floor was poured on the dirt and the sump well was an integral part of the floor. Thus the only way water got into the sump was across the floor. I ...
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What should I do about my rendering & damp-proof course?

I have a house that was built around 1890 and is of brick construction with a rendered band running around the base which also forms square edged columns around the front door. Until recently the ...
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Can I build a French drain with old concrete and brick instead of rock?

Can I use old pieces of concrete (broken up cinder block) and old brick instead of rocks in the construction of a French drain? I'm thinking of building a French drain that leads to a dry well to ...
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How do I create a curved surface drain out of concrete?

I have a barn and a pump house (10x16) structure that are within 3 feet of each other, built in 1910. The barn's foundation is field-stone, mostly exposed on the side of the pump-house. There is a ...
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Installing a cleanout for 4" corrugated black pipe foundation drainage

10 years after installation of 4" corrugated black pipe (perforated) foundation drainage, I am experiencing clogging problems. I would like to install cleanouts to improve sewer auger access. What ...
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Bowed laminate flooring on slab: How to proceed?

I recently bought a house with laminate flooring in a partially-below-grade room that sits on a concrete slab. The owners ripped out carpeting in the room and installed the laminate prior to putting ...
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White solid drain pipe vs black flexible corrugated pipe for a french drain

Which one is preferable if you have a straight line 2 feet deep trench in mostly clay soil? I'll put either one in a sock with gravel. There are some roots around the trench so I thought the solid ...
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Has anyone here ever rented a trencher? What was your experience?

I need to dig a 2 feet deep trench, about 100 feet long. Has anyone used one of these trenchers? The first one in particular? http://rentalsunlimited.com/catalog/trenchers/trenchers.html What was ...
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Can I use packing popcorn (peanuts) instead of gravel for filling a french drain?

I'm digging a 2 feet deep french drain a few feet away from the house. I'm wondering if instead of gravel I could surround the 4" perforated pipe with packing popcorn (or peanuts, or whatever they ...
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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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French Drain with rubber mulch?

I've got a soggy sideyard, which is more or less a textbook example of where you would build a french drain. My issue is this: thanks to the way the yard / house / street / etc are all arranged, ...
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What kind of filter fabric should I use for the curtain drain in my crawlspace?

I'm having a hard time finding appropriate filter fabric for my curtain drain in the crawl space. HD had some stuff but that's for gardening and may not be suitable. Also since their gardening ...
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Curtain drain in the crawl space - Part 3

I've dug out a trench around the perimeter of my crawl space. Then I planned the next steps. I took a week off but I'd like to finish this project next weekend. I'm going to put a 4" perforated pipe. ...
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How should I install a curtain drain in my crawl space?

Since I have wet areas in the crawl space, I have decided to dig a trench at the perimeter of my crawl space to take care of the water. This would also allow me to install rigid foam insulation on ...
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How do I build a French drain?

There's a shed near the side of the house with a roof that's pitched to shoot water at the house's foundation. That side of the house also has no gutters. There's a very slight grade to send water ...
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How do I re-level and re-lay a brick pad with a french drain underneath?

I have a french drain that is under a brick pad just outside of my walk-out basement. As you can see in the pic, the bricks have settled and some have even sunk, making the floor uneven. I want to ...