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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How to run new exterior A/C drain line

I'm trying to replace my A/C drain pipe. It was draining into an old PVC pipe contraption that did nothing - water was leaking all over the brick and foundation. I pushed the PVC to the side and ...
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How can I waterproof a hole in my vinyl deck to fit a downspout?

I am wondering if anyone might have some suggestions on solving this drainage issue with our vinyl deck. We used to have 2 separate decks but upon rebuild we have them joined with a narrow walkway. ...
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Can bushes help keep driveway and patio gravel stable?

My front yard has a U-shaped driveway on a significant slope. The arrows in the diagram below indicate the downward direction of the slope. From the bottom right to the top left, the elevation drops ...
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Will using a flood guard on cellar drain cause excess storm water to go to upper floors?

Just recently has storm backwater flood my basement through the 2 floor drains. A few weeks ago when my neighbor was draining his backyard pool I noticed remnants of slight flooding, but last night ...
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How to trace corrugated drain pipe without digging up my whole yard?

I have a 6” corrugated drain pipe that my gutters on the back of my house drain into, and then the drain pipe runs underground along the side of my house. I’m not 100% sure where it ends. I’m looking ...
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Extend underground rainwater drain pipe down hill

I need to extend an underground drain pipe. The current pipe is underground a few inches and ends at the top of a hill that's a few feet tall. The hill is angled at (perhaps) 35 degrees. The current ...
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How to improve basement stairwell drainage?

So we have a basement walkout door. There is a stairwell that leads down to it. There’s a big landing but this is the drain in the middle of it. It has a tendency to get clogged with debris from trees ...
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Can I use the gathered sticks from my yard for “to-be-compressed landfill landscaping”? [migrated]

What is the harm of mixing common natural materials (wood, vines, roots, rocks) in with soil for landscaping? On first thought, it seems compressible objects like wood will compress (and decompose) to ...
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Should I build a segmental retaining wall on top of a grade beam with piles?

80 foot long retaining wall that ranges from 4 feet tall on one end to 12 feet tall on the other. I am planning on a segmental wall made of Versa-Lok "Bronco 18" blocks - 1200+ pounds each. ...
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Does a drainage pipe need to be continuously sloped?

I need to move water from the back yard to the front yard, to combat the monsoon season, in which a 50 gallon container in the backyard can fill up in 1-2 minutes. I bought some 4" piping, and ...
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Fixing slope on concrete patio - grinding a drainage channel?

My house has a concrete patio (about 16x16 though its 5-sided) which is not sloped properly for drainage. In some sections it seems basically level, in others (near the doorway of course) it actually ...
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Metal drainage grate, available off the shelf, or will need to have it custom made?

I need a metal drainage grate that will be at the foot of some stairs leading into a basement. Is this something I will need to specially order or have fabricated, or can it be bought standard? I did ...
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Patching gap in drainage channel

Our property includes a dam with a storm overflow. I've discovered that the drainage channel, 50 years old, has started to slide apart, leaving a 2-3 inch gap in two places. When water drains, it ...
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BMP Drain Inspection

We have a new house, and we were going through our "stuff to do each year" list in the house manual. We have what we colloquially refer to as a "box of rocks" that's part of the ...
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Is this wet venting solution ok?

I am completely redoing my basement bathroom and am wondering if this way of venting the plumbing is ok. From what I've seen, wet venting is the most money and time efficient way to do it, so I would ...
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Would filling this part of my patio with drain rock improve drainage, at least in the short-term?

I moved into my house this time last year, so I don't really know much in the way of its history, and how things have been done etc. In the back garden there is a patio, and this patio is split into ...
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Dishwasher drainage problem

I recently got a "new" (used) dishwasher and have installed it myself. It is a Frigidaire Ultra Quiet iii. There is a problem with it draining water. Here is what the setup looks like: The ...
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Exterior foundation drain pipe location relative to the footer

Our house—built in 1989 in the Kansas City, MO area—has a walk-out basement with exterior foundation drain pipes daylighted. The drain pipe on the east wall had a complete blockage, so I dug it up in ...
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Slow water drainage, then air bubbles from shower drain

I tried loads of things that may clear a blocked shower drain (store-bought liquids, vinegar+baking soda, running hot water through) over the past months, but the water still drains very slowly. After ...
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Wood fence posts in clay

I'm installing a wooden fence around my back yard using prebuilt cedar panels and 10 ft (3+ m) 4x4 pressure treated posts buried 3 1/2 to 4ft (1+ m) deep. The posts are packed in with pea gravel to ...
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Interior french drain with 3" footing

My basement (built 1945) has been taking on water seepage via the cold joint between the wall and floor slabs. This has been fairly steady for the last month due to a very high water table . I've ...
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Is it safe for plumbing to use rainwater to flush toilets?

A couple of articles encourage the use of rainwater to flush toilets. (article 1, article 2) However, would it be safe to do so if the rainwater in your particular area has a pH that is considered as ...
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What can I fill my deck beam trench with to prevent standing water?

I am in the process of building a multi level deck where the second level would be low to grade. As such, i had to dig some trenches (about 10-12" deep) as part of the beams will be below grade. ...
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Washing machine E03 error

I have Hoover washing machine. During my last wash cycle it suddenly stopped washing and gave me E03 error code. The E03 error code on your Hoover washing machine means that the drum isn't draining - ...
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Tanked balcony drain has cover stuck down with sealant - how to remove?

We live in a leasehold (nearest US equivalent: condo) flat (apartment) at the top of a seven-storey building. Only our floor has real balconies, and the floor of each balcony is effectively the roof ...
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Algae build up from pond is clogging sewer drain

A small pond about 100 feet across in my yard (located to the right in picture below) drains through the small path into a nearly non-grated sewer drain. In recent years, more and more algae has been ...
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Ejector pump instead of sump pump in basement

I need both groundwater drainage as well as laundry room sewage pump in basement. Should they be separate pumps (asump pit with pump and 40 liter sewage ejector reservoir with pump) or could ground ...
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Drainage pipe to nowhere

For the last year, one of my gutter is constantly clogged and overflow. The gutter is almost impossible to reach so I had to hire someone to clean the gutter. Last weekend I decided this was enough ...
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ground level deck drainage suggestions?

I am Looking for ideas to keep water from pooling under a new ground-level deck. The frame in the photo was dug 8-10inches below the ground. I'm using composite decking so I need minimum 6 inches ...
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Can there be too much water for a drain system to move?

My neighbour built a new home and laneway home, completed in 2015. He excavated much much much lower than previous home. Original house had a 3/4 basement in ground,with steps up to front door. Now ...
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Extending pvc drainage pipe that's “type c” (tele-duct)

I need to extend some 4" PVC drainage pipe. The problem I'm having is that the existing pipe is "Type C" ("tele-duct"). It has a slightly different outer diameter (4.350") than a typical PVC pipe (e....
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Why don't segmental retaining walls need any piers or anchoring below grade?

I have built two soldier pile retaining walls (where you slot the boards between I-Beams you sink into the ground) with good success - but that success was due to: sinking the piles at least their ...
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Post hole drainage in sandy Florida soil, is gravel necessary?

I am installing 6’vinyl privacy fence in FLORIDA. I would like to think the sandy soil would drain well enough. The labor and cost of digging deeper holes and buying and delivering gravel doesn’t ...
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How fix a smoothie drain pipe in kitchen double sink

To solve the problem is de 2 draining pipe are draining too slowly ;DOUBLE SINK WITH DRAIN HOLE 40mm ;can I joint the two sink drain together with T-fitting at the center of the 2 sink and then out ...
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Corrugated vs Solid PVC for sump pump drainage

I am about to do drainage project for my sump pump discharge drain. I am confused about what kind of material to use either solid PVC or corrugated. I live in the Chicago area where winter temp gets ...
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What stops water from stagnating in a gutter drain line that has a pop-up emitter?

I'm planning on burying some rigid PVC pipe to attach guttering on my house to a few pop-up emitters like this: But the pop-up emitter makes a right angle UP, so doesn't that mean that basically ...
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Is there too much gravel under this deck?

I had a contractor put a layer of gravel under my raised deck. The deck is about 4 feet off the ground and the space underneath it is enclosed. The ground under the deck was dirt with some landscape ...
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New Drainage System to house wall line

I have just bought a house that had old bitumen paint and white salt deposits building up. It was never maintained and now I am looking to make sure the foundation to the front and back last another ...
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Sandbox with roof, but it floods and sump doesn't do it

Built a roof covered sandbox for my kids, put a tarp at the bottom so groundwater wouldn't raise up, but the opposite problem keeps happening. My kids keep flooding it with water, and the and then ...
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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

Our neighbors yard is elevated and they water their yard a lot. The water flows over into our vegetable garden and floods it. I would like to add a barrier. Some ideas have been slim pavers with a ...
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gravel in pvc pipe

One of my yard PVC pipe spouted gravel and soil a couple of weeks ago. I tried to clear it but it is backed up as far as I could reach - a couple of feet. Any ideas as to what this is, what caused and ...
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Is a too-shallow foundation allowing excessive water into my dirt crawl space?

I live in a local minimum for my neighborhood, and in fact my house is built on the banks of a stormwater drainage ditch. Most of the rainwater from the road is collected by stormwater drains and fed ...
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Rocks in Washing Machine?

We recently purchased a home that had the washer and dryer left behind. The washer is a GE and in good condition. We were told by the previous owners that the washer worked fine, but we tested it with ...
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Should this retaining wall have drainage

Should the wall in the picture below have better drainage (e.g. perforated pipes)? And, if yes, is it possible to add them at this point? The walkway above has the same slate top you see at the very ...
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Broken clay drainage pipe

Have a broken clay drainage pipe that just takes water away from the house. It is near the wye on the bigger clay drainage pipe that where the difficulty is. So any ideas how to fix it? E we
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Insulating basement with interior drainage system

Note that I'ma DIY'er so please go easy on me and please do point on my errors :-) Some time ago I had significant water problems in my basement and had an interior drainage system installed in my ...
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How to deal with backyard flooding?

So I am finally tired of walking through puddles to get to my garage. I am doing research to find out the best way to deal with my backyard flooding problem. I am in a townhouse with a small backyard ...
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Connect a channel drain to existing drainpipe

I want to add a channel drain at the front of my lean-to in order to direct rainwater from the lean-to's drainpipe into the existing house drainpipe. I understand that this is not a typical usage ...
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Would a vernal pond (as either a retention basin or a infiltration basin) be a viable solution for this drainage issue?

So my backyard is showing some heavy pooling issues. I am in Southern Maine, USA The lowest point (picture 1) is, unfortunately pretty close to the garage pier foundation, and when the water pools it ...
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Shower drain pipe leaking through floors

Top view of drainage pipe Hi, It seems that there is a significant leak when the shower is used as I observed a constant stream ofdripping water from the ceiling of the lower floor. Upon removing the ...

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