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Suggestions on how to keep drain tile in yard down?

In my yard, I have a section of drain tile connected to my gutter that's had the top exposed since I bought the house. It was solidly in the ground, but probably 60-70% of what you see in the current ...
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Mysterious washer leak

I am trying to remedy two washing machine leaks, one mysterious, one not so mysterious. First, the not so mysterious leak. When running a large load, water backs up and spills out the top of the box/...
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Drainage problems and solutions for gravel Driveway?

We have a section of front yard we want to turn into a gravel driveway. The problem is that it is in a low spot, but also beside a private road that has terrible drainage as well. I came up with two ...
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How can I determine if my septic drain field needs replacement?

So last week I noticed there was a puddle of water on top of our septic tank, which was gone by the morning (few days before that it rained hard all day and most of the night - I figured water must ...
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Repairing end of 4” pvc pipe - circle shape collapsed

My downspout at the corner of my garage ends directly on the driveway such that the water runs into the garden bed immediately adjacent and pools there anytime it rains. To make matters more ...
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How does the water get into this drainage pipe under the basement floor?

I've been watching videos about different types of basement drainage systems. In this video, the guy describes how (in his opinion - I'm no expert) groundwater will bypass a traditional French drain. ...
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Should I replace the stones I dug up when regrading the garden bed next to my foundation?

I'm in the process of regrading a garden bed adjacent to my foundation to slope it away more from the house. Hopefully this will solve the drainage issue I've been seeing. As the bed was sloping ...
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How can I extend the pipe for my French drain?

My French drain doesn’t extend all the way to the back of my property. I have a very wet muddy corner in the back of my property I need to drain. I need to add an additional 50 ft to my existing drain....
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Mystery pipe by roadside electrical boxes

There is a wet area in the yard around the electric boxes by the road. I figured I would try to just raise the ground a bit and mulch around them instead of just having soggy grass and found this 4 ...
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Adding Drainage beside AC and Utilities

I am looking for a way to control my drainage in the area seen in the Imgur pictures below. I'm not entirely sure what to do about it, especially with the utilities all being in that area. This is the ...
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Need advice on re-grading garden beds around foundation for better drainage and if I can apply barriers/sealant to mitigate water intrusion

I'm doing some landscaping cleanup for my parents' house - for visualization, this house's surrounding layout is almost identical: The front and right side of the house is surrounded by lawn and ...
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How can I attach rain gutter downspout to a steel pole?

I'm trying to control erosion below my deck. My plan is to add a gutter along the edge of the deck and route the downspout along the pole that's closest to the camera. How might I attach the downspout ...
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How to create a sloped floor for drainage on existing flat level floor joists?

I'm building a traditional outdoor wood-fired sauna cabin. The traditional Finnish ways to build drainage is either gaps in the wood floor to allow direct drainage to the ground, or sloped floors into ...
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Interior french drain pipe installed upside down -- easiest fix?

In south central PA, I have water come into my basement during heavy rains for long periods. I've had work done on the outside of the house near where the water tends to enter and, as part of that, ...
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Stagnating water under elevated paver deck in terrace

(Sorry if the technical terms are incorrect; don't hesitate to fix them.) In the recent apartment building I am living on, the terrace is made of concrete with no slope, with elevated pavers and water ...
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Spetic Issue at end of leach line?

Our home, over 40 years old, likely retains its original septic tank. Situated in a densely wooded area with few neighbors, we've maintained the property well. Recently, within the last year, we had ...
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Raising artificial grass above ground (concrete) to help drainage: PVC Screening or wet room drainage mat roll?

We have a small enclosed concrete garden that we converted into a living space for our two rabbits. We laid artificial grass down directly on the concrete, but when it rains it gets very waterlogged. ...
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How to fix drainage near foundation [closed]

I am in a new build home that has a walk out basement because of the slope the house was built on. This corner of the house has always worried me and with a new patio added, I want to add something to ...
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Sump Discharge Options - Storm Sewer or Dry Well

Today, my sump discharges out a flex hose for about 30 feet into my backyard. This works fine and there isn't any pooling of water, even during heavy rainstorms. Rather than removing the flex hose ...
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Drainage issues for a wet basement

We bought an older house, built in ~1950s, in NY (NYC Metro-ish area) in April 2022. Since then we've had frequent issues with decent amounts of water getting into our 95% finished basement. Between 1-...
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French Drain inlet into/under retaining wall

I have a basement egress into a weird large walkable trench that awkwardly divides my yard. I think this was done partly following a cusp in the original landscape while solving for drainage in a ...
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Will a second layer of landscape fabric impede water drainage?

We bought a small wooden sandbox. It has no bottom and the entire thing sits on landscape liner. My questions is: 1. Should I buy another layer of landscape fabric and staple it to the inside of the ...
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Can I dress a crushed rock drainage plane with pea gravel?

My back yard has a lot of 3/4" crushed gravel that was backfilled around my basement foundation. This is intended to keep the clay soil from heaving the foundation up during the rains, and it ...
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Flooding likely due to clay drainage tile broken; excavate to replace?

We bought a house 2 years ago which was built in 1952 with an extension added in 1991. The basement of the extension floods with heavy rain/snow, but the original house never floods. There is a sump ...
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Where to put downspout?

Reference image below. The image shows the back of our house where the water currently falls next to our house, and the pit it’s starting to make on the ground (circled). The side “yard” on that part ...
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French drain with Catch Basin

I have a swale in the middle of my yard that is graded into city storm basin. Every time there is rain I get this swale area wet for days. I had the area graded, but still the problem comes back. I ...
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How to divert rain water from walkway?

In front of our house, the downspout that drains half our 1200 square foot roof terminates right onto a brick walkway. Whenever it rains there is a puddle about 8 feet long so we need to walk on soggy ...
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Multiple sump pits/pumps, single discharge line?

I live in New England and have been experiencing unprecedented basement flooding in the past 1.5 years… our basement is unfinished and it has been recommended that I install 2-3 more sump pits and ...
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Rainwater Pooling Under Backyard Gate

I'm trying to figure out how to fix rainwater pooling under my gate. The core issue here is that there is a small slope from my back porch steps/walkway to the back gate and a slope going the other ...
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Buried drainage pipe

So I just had a drainage pipe installed to convey water from the gutter drain in the back of my house to the front of my house. We had our first rain yesterday and the gutter drainage system is ...
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Gutter overhang past end of drip edge

My gutter has a 4" overhang past the end of drip edge. Does this do anything or can I just not have it in my next gutter that I am working on? It's a mod bit 10 degree roof that all drains into ...
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Do sump pump basins always have a certain level of water in them?

I had a Flood in my basement and used a portable sump pump and hose to pump out the water for several days. The basin is about 2 feet deep with some gravel at the bottom. Once i finally got the water ...
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Should I change ground level slope to resolve water draining to finished portion of basement?

TL;DR: my sump pump area under the Bilco door sometimes drains water into finished portion of basement. Should I change the slope so that the water cannot run from the Bilco door sump area? The ...
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Could a new roof type exacerbate basement floor cracking?

I have been concerned on cracks in my concrete basement floor. Home is 15 years old and always had one crack in the floor leading from the walkout basement door to about the center of the basement. ...
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Gas Furnace and Water Softener Drain Lines Configuration

Just wondering if anyone can explain why the drain lines out of the furnace has a loop before entering the sewer drain. As well as the drain line for the water softener being elevated above the ...
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DWV vs Schedule 40

My downspouts flow into drain that moves rainwater away from the house. I'd like to extend that drain further out. Existing pipe is Schedule40. There shouldn't be any loads going over the new section. ...
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Is my sewer line broken?

Home Built: 1955. New York City. https://imgur.com/a/mpjRvKl Landscape is pitched towards the street, so I don’t think grading was an issue. I moved in a year ago and in the front corner of the ...
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How do I remedy a shed foundation that's sinking into wet soil?

This shed has been in our property since 2009, it was installed on a concrete slab by the previous owners. One side of the shed is sinking into the soil where water pools up around it. We recently ...
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Will draining a pond more quickly reduce groundwater level underneath?

There's a pond that develops in my backyard slightly up slope where it's flat. I have a drain that persistently drains this but obviously it's not enough since the pool still exists during storms. ...
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Backfilling basement foundation on top of drain

What is the best practice for backfilling over a basement foundation drain system? I have a walk-in basement, with retaining walls that are about 3' above the footing. I've dug out a ton of dirt to ...
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How to connect PVC to corrugated

I am reconfiguring some of my water drainage, and wondering how to make some of the connections in the pipes that will share the same ditch. My plan is to run 4" corrugated perf pipe at the ...
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Directing Water away from Foundation – Regrading

What is the best way to build up soil to regrade to direct water away from the foundation wall? Water is leaking into the crawlspace in the corner behind that tree on the photo. We're on a hill so ...
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Can a French Drain drain into a Rain Garden / Swale?

We are redoing our front yard as part of a city rebate program to transform turf to drought-tolerant landscape. Part of the project is a Rain Garden / Swale that will be installed in the middle of ...
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Joining a 1.5in pvc to a 1.25 pvc drain pipe but a reducer doesn't exist

I've got a dry well in my house that floods, and I want to install a sump pump. The previous owner installed a 1.25 in pcv drain pipe through the wall and out into the back yard up near the rim joist. ...
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Can top of brick wall be level?

I understand it is preferable that brick wall tops be sloped so that water drains off instead of permeating into the wall causing accelerated decay. One of the reasons I would like to leave it flat as ...
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What on earth is this that came out of my sink's drain?

Our kitchen sink was draining really slowly so I went to town with the plunger. When it finally unblocked I went outside to where the waste drains and found all of this! Yuck! Can anyone tell me what ...
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Redirect plugged gutter downspout drain

The rear gutter downspout drain at the back of my house is apparently clogged (or crushed, or overgrown with roots). The previous homeowner said a nearby window well flooded due to the overflow and ...
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Should I be using this white pipe to drain my sump pump?

When I moved into this house earlier this year, the sump pump had a black hose connected to the pipe like the one here except the old one was super beat up (probably got ran over by a lawnmower). I ...
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Maximum distance between sink basket and floor outlet pipe

I am installing double bowl sink on the benchtop. I am not sure what maximum length is allowed between trap below the sink and pipe outlet on the floor?
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Remove water run off stains on concrete

We had some planters installed in our backyard and the drainage wasn’t really thought through well. So when it rained, some water stains were left on our concrete. What’s a good way to remove these ...
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