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Questions tagged [drainage]

Use this tag when the topic is about controlling water runoff, particularly near structures but also in yards or elsewhere.

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Underground downspout extensions - Are pop up emitters needed?

To move rainwater further away from a foundation than the standard 2~3 foot above-ground downspout extensions, what are the underground options? Example of standard downspout extension: (Photo from ...
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Who should I call for this type of leak?

We have a balcony above our garage attached to the house, that is surrounded by 3 stucco walls and has a drain in the middle that leads into our garage. Example of random balcony with drain similar ...
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Drainage on Pier and Beam House

We live in Argyle TX and have a 42 yr old pier and beam house sitting at the bottom of a hill. I have called several people out for professional help and they want $5000 to $7000 to regrade put in ...
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How prevent water drainage from neighbor's yard?

Most of our back/side yard is 3'-5' lower than our neighbors'.During winter rainstorms water drains under the fence from their barely landscaped yard and stands in low spots AND at our house slab. A ...
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How can I increase deck board gap without removing the boards?

My friends just bought a new house that has a deck that has gone mossy/moldy. The sellers pressure washed the deck and replaced a few soft boards, but the real problem is that there isn’t enough gap ...
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Should my sump pail be perforated?

I'm replacing the sump basin/liner in my home which is currently a perforated 5 gallon bucket surrounded by gravel. I have an interior drain system that has two pipes terminating into the gravel pit ...
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Nomenclature for water management objects

Building roofs and parking lots cause prevent rain from naturally entering the ground. A bird's eye view of a building shows a footprint where water can not drain into the ground and must drain into ...
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How can water be diverted away from the street curb in front of my house?

How can water be diverted away from the street curb in front of my house? Several of my neighbors are draining water from their sump pumps onto the road and it runs down the curb and collects in ...
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Calculate rainfall intensity

To help size drainage, I'd like to calculate the maximum rainfall intensity for my particular location. How do I do that? I've found data sources that will give me the average number of inches of ...
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Rain chains at an angle from the vertical

I'd like to hang a rain chain, but not quite vertical straight down -- at a slight angle from vertical. What angle from vertical can I hang the rain chains, and still have them work? Are there any ...
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Is it reasonable to convert a general purpose motor and pump for a sump pump?

TLDR: I have a 120V 1/4 HP general purpose motor with pump head attached (with female threaded connections for input and output). Could I keep this pump/motor above ground and run PVC from the pump ...
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Tree vs drainage foundation issue

I have been seeing expanding cracks around my home and slowly widening cracks in my foundation. I had three foundation companies look at it and all three said different things. Excavate front of house,...
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Possible downsides of plugging up small hole in foundation?

I have found two small holes in the foundation, near the floor, in the cellar. Water trickles in through these two holes. I am thinking of plugging them up with spray foam. Are there any possible ...
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What purpose does this PVC pipe in my crawlspace serve?

I was cleaning the crawlspace under the house and discovered two 3/4 inch white PVC pipes that run across the crawlspace buried under ground (4-8 inch deep) and terminate at the perimeter foundation ...
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How can I prevent silt from clogging my yard drain?

In my concrete back patio, I have a standard 4" square drain cover which allows water to enter a sewer pipe about 6" below. The issue I have is that the sides of this hole are not covered in cement ...
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Does this basement pit drain into the soil or the sewer?

My house was built in 1940. I recently pulled up the floor and subfloor in the basement and noticed this basement pit. There was about 6 inches of water in the bottom which I drained. Below that is ...
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Back Yard Hill Drainage Issues

My back yard slopes toward my house. Below is a picture taken from my dining room to help explain things. Previous owner had a french drain installed marked by the red lines. We've had a week or so ...
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Does landscape fabric (filter fabric) get clogged? If not, why not?

I have a drainage problem to solve and I'm considering a French drain. I have read in dozens of places that various drainage systems (including French drains) are usually lined or wrapped in a ...
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Can I change the gradient/slope of asphalt walkway with cold patch?

I have a asphalt walk way that runs right next to my house and collects water. I have a outside sump pump near by, but there is a low spot on the asphalt next to the house that will always take water ...
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I live in NJ. Do I need a p-trap and vent on a washer drain line not going directly to the stack?

Here is my situation. As it sits now, my washer drains directly into the slop sink right next to it. I live in a split level and I am moving the washer & Dryer up one half level about 6 feet in ...
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Is my soil adequate for a dry well installation to collect roof runoff?

I did a soil percolation/infiltration test to determine how quickly water drains through the soil: Dug a hole approximately 12" in diameter to the planned depth of the dry well. Filled with about 2 ...
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Montgomery Ward window a/c drain clogged

I've got a really old Montgomery Ward A/C unit, model: VWE-5156A that seems to have it's internal drain clogged up. It works really well, (we were all shocked when it kicked on and worked like a ...
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Laying down perforated pipe where a fence is to be built on top

I need to install perforated drainage pipe in a line where I have no choice but to put fence posts in also. Can someone advise on a method to ensure the fence post is secure, but the 6" perforated ...
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Drainage for stairs to garden-level basement entrance

I have some concrete stairs that go down a few feet from the back yard into a basement door. During a heavy rain, water pools on the bottom stair, eventually coming in under the bottom of the door ...
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Properly fill small sinkhole near meter vault

I've got a very small sinkhole that has developed between my driveway and my water meter vault/box. The hole is about 20 inches deep and has actually eroded the soil deep enough that it goes ...
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Is there a way to fix a small plumbing leak from inside the pipe?

During and after I have a shower I can hear a dripping inside a boxed-in area in an adjoining room where the drainage pipes are fed out of the bathroom and downstairs. I think I am going to have ...
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What is the minimum distance from property line water can be drained?

My city enforces the 2015 International Residential Code, but I could not find any requirements around distances of downspout and/or sump pump drainage from property lines. Perhaps I'm not searching ...
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Outside vents for drainage - name?

Right outside of my house there are vents (for sewage?) that look like this: These are ugly, take up space and a trip hazard. These can be easily pulled out (I just did with my hands) and below them ...
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Does sand help with drainage or marshy lawns around a house?

We moved into our home nine months ago, and slowly the situation of runoff from other properties has led to a condition where the back yard is very marshy-like (your shoes would get muddy and it's a ...
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No Drainage Around Concrete Basement Floor

This question/comment is in regards to the sump pump question I had yesterday. While digging the hole to set my new sump pump basin I realized that there was very little if any gravel under the actual ...
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How do I measure the discharge from a Sump Pump?

My sump generates a lot of output during some weeks. Enough that I need a better plan than dumping into the grass and gravel driveway downslope from the house. My first step in improving my driveway ...
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Asphalt grading/drainage around house perimeter

The house is surrounded on 3 sides by asphalt right up against the foundation which appears to have been improperly graded, with the grading sloped slightly toward the house on about half the ...
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How can I prevent this ice build up on my driveway/walkway?

My house faces North. I have down spouts on all four corners of the house. My challenge is that in the late winter/ early spring, the sun melts the snow off the roof and comes down the downspouts. ...
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How to redirect water pooling behind skylights

I have a pair of skylights in my roof that leak every time it rains. I've tried silicone and a roofing sealant along the edges.. still leaks. During the last storm heavy rain I went up to check it out ...
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Need help IDing this gutter part

this part that connects to the gutter downspout is a cap of some sort that goes over a receiving part that goes to sewer drains. I'm not sure what it is called. My home was built in the late 1920s. I'...
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Is this drain appropriate for outdoor ground water capture?

We're buying a new property and the back yard is half level, half slope. The level area holds onto water after rain. Shown from the rear of the yard, my notion is - put a drain in the area that ...
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Laying bricks over old concrete sidewalks

I just moved into an old house. The previous homeowner had concrete slabs as the sidewalks that are in touch with the house wall. From what I know, the concrete slabs not only provide a flat solid ...
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Sealing Off Gravity Pipe from Crawl Space

I currently have a 6" clay pipe for eliminating water from my crawlspace. The pipe exits my crawlspace about a foot from a corner wall, travels 15', and opens to air in a ditch (for now). It is ...
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Connect downspout to PVC pipe?

I want to drain an aluminum downspout into a 4" PVC pipe. How can I seal the space between the downspout and the pipe so that leaves and dirt do not fall into it?
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Is this flexible drain trap configuration acceptable?

I recently redid my entire bathroom (new to all of this), The sink we chose has a draw back we discovered late into the remodel...it has a non-removable drawer that sits almost level with the drain ...
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Water coming in BELOW sump pit inlet pipe! Is this normal?

So, we live in a new house (moved in a year and a half ago as soon as the build was finished). We moved in during the dead of a Canadian winter. Even still, my sump pit would fill and pump put quite ...
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extra pit next to sump pump

I have a basement with a properly installed sump pump. I have another hole approximately 1 foot away from the sump hole cut to the same dimensions. There are at least 2 pipes that run into the unused ...
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How to fix a backing up floor drain

Home was built in the early 50s. Cape cod style home with a stone wall foundation and basement. There's a floor drain in the basement that is not connected to the sewer system. During heavy rain very ...
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Can I run drainage pipe a short distance above the frost line

I live in SE Michigan where the frost line is between 3 and 4 feet. I have a house with a basement I'd like to finish and would like to run the water as far away from the house as I can. Clay soil. ...
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How to determine the location of the clogged spot in floor drain using a powered drain auger, and auger tip suggestion?

I have a basement floor drain that clogs and backs up a bit (but do slowly drain all the water). I used a powered auger attempting to clear it but without total success (it drains better but not as ...
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Water pooling against the garage, limited drainage options

I have a single family home in the city in MN. My detached garage abuts the alley, and I have a concrete slab next to it that spans the rest of my small property line (basically the back of my ...
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Mystery: Water vanished from flooded basement with no floor drain

I live on a century old home whose unfinished basement got flooded this week. We had heavy rainfall which overwhelmed the city's storm sewer. At a certain point there were about two inches of water ...
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Dealing with water on a bad garage slope

The slab in our garage has settled toward the house, so whenever our cars are slushy the snow drains into the garage, where we walk and have things stored. We've been quoted about $4,000 to replace ...
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Shower drain not draining

We just finished renovating our shower and when we went to test the water in the shower base to see if it would leak, which it is not, thankfully, but the water is not draining out of the shower drain,...
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Surface water drain blockage

My house is on a private road which is tarmaced. Immediately outside the house is a surface water drain. The drain appears to be silted up and im concerned a heavy storm could cause flooding around ...