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how to extend washing machine drainage hose such that it doesn't leak

I have a portable washing machine that I want to keep in one of our bedrooms and thus need to extend the stock drainage hose. My current solution is: buy the necessary length of clear plastic tubing ...
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My window wells contain a mixture of rock and dirt. Should I remove it before filling with gravel?

My window wells contain a mixture of rock and dirt. I get weeds growing in them quite often. I put down some landscape fabric to deter the weeds. I am about to top the fabric with pea gravel, but I'm ...
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Is it a bad idea to run a replacement water line under a water drainage pipe?

I just dug a massive moat in my yard which I intend to install a drainage pipe in to set up drainage for my house. My inlet water line is probably galvanized and very old. I would like to replace it. ...
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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 can I unclog a continuous drain in a portable air conditioner?

I bought a 10K SACC refurb Danby portable AC. It comes with a transparent draining hose, one drain opening at the bottom, and a 'continuous' opening in the middle. Regretfully when using the middle ...
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Flat roof drainage / pooling

I am in the middle of a disagreement with some roofers about a flat roof, and I was wondering if anyone would provide an opinion? The main issue is the drainage. The flat roof is on a two storey bay ...
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How can I mitigate water on a patio installed higher than pier and beam footing?

(Forgive all of ignorance and incorrect terminology, I have no idea what I am talking about.) Pier and beam house, a concrete patio was installed directly abutting the back of the house by the ...
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Weep Vents for double skin retaining wall

I'm going to building a retaining wall to level my garden. The wall is not touching the house, I'm trying to work out the drainage solutions for this wall. Its not going to be too dissimilar from the ...
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French drain pipe lifting when backfill settles

I'm 80% through a French drain project & encountering a problem I never see anyone talk about. I've got a 30ft 16"d x 12"w trench. Two 3" 4 slot coregated pipes on 4oz non-woven Geo ...
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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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Washing machine drain pipe blowbag

I basically have the same problem with the opposite situation to Washing machine drain pipe backing up I had a newer washing machine that never backed up, but like most new things it was engineered to ...
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Proper way to connect 4" corrugated drainage pipe into perpendicular 12" pipe

I'm installing a 4" corrugated/perforated plastic pipe into a drainage ditch (2-3ft deep "French drain") in my yard uphill from my house (which sits on a steep [wet] slope). There is ...
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Cover drainage which is oval shaped

Waste pipe from laundry sticking out on the wall and water goes to drainage pipe which is oval shape. I am afraid that stone might entered inside the pipe so I checked online the oval grate or dome ...
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How to proactively prevent termite infestation

I'm seeing ants boring holes through Tiles and ejecting sand and I'm told ants are first to come then comes the Termite. Outside my building I'm seeing lots of ant colonies where if can lay our feet , ...
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What is This White PVC Pipe in My Yard?

There is a white PVC pipe sticking out of the ground in my yard. It must have been put there when the house was built, before I was the owner. What is this pipe for? It is about 4 or 5 inches in ...
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Elevating portable air conditioner's condensate drain

I'm familiar with window and split air conditioners but new to portable ones. My portable AC has an upper and a lower plugs that can be used to drain the condensation water. Both are two low for ...
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Improperly installed drip edge hinders water drainage?

My newly received apartment has a recessed balcony. From the moment I received the keys, I noticed defects along the edge of the roof above the balcony. The concrete was slightly damaged, revealing ...
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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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Merging water softener drain line to water heater relief valve drain line

I'm wanting to install a water softener. Can I merge the drain pipe from the softener with the line coming from the relief valve on the top of the water heater? I'm concerned about the elevation of ...
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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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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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What can I do about an A/C drain pipe that runs onto sidewalk?

My A/C pan drains onto the sidewalk from the PVC pipe in the photo. During Southern summers it becomes very slippery. The issue is that my entire house is surrounded by the same type of sidewalk, as ...
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How to design how to slope a French drain around perimeter of the house and how to measure depth?

I am planning to DIY a French drain around parts of my 1920ies stucco house to improve the draining when it heavily rains in winter. Location is San Francisco Bay Area and the house has a crawl space. ...
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How to prevent water from pooling at back door when it rains

I have an uncovered, concrete patio and front porch, and spent who knows how long researching and testing out different outdoor mats. I live in Va, so I get everything from blazing sun to downpours to ...
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Okay to use dual sink faucet for water filtraton faucet?

Wondering if I can buy a dual sink faucet that has an additional water filtration faucet built in next to the main faucet to accommodate an under sink RO water filtration system? I'm renting and the ...
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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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Should the high side of a concrete block retaining wall be sealed?

I am mid-project in a DIY yard project. I have subbed out a large retaining wall to a civil / wall contractor. It’s 220 feet long, between 2-5′ in height, and makes 2 90-degree turns. It’s built to ...
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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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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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Landscape + drainage along fence line

I am on a corner lot and my backyard receives water runoff from my neighbor behind me and my neighbor beside me. I have a french drain installed where the backyards come together and didn't have much ...
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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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Could water flowing out of a drain tile pipe cause a foundation leak?

I need advice on a French drain I am building on my property. I have 2 low spots behind the house near my deck that become water puddles when it rains. I am planning to build a 60ft French drain with ...
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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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Retrofitting Drain Where Patio Meets Retaining Wall

I just installed a patio 24' x 22' with a retaining wall that is around the perimeter of it, and it looks like water pools too much at the end of the slope (where patio meets retaining wall). There ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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