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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Building Concrete patio against the house with sunken family room for proper drainage

Just acquired this house with challenging problems. When the house was built, the builder didn't care for grading the lot appropriately. One of the rooms in the back of the house is below grade and ...
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Is it OK to expose drain pipes on the exterior of your house?

I live in San Francisco, and my kitchen sink drain goes through my wall towards outside of the wall of the house into a light well. The steel pipes have rusted out so I want to replace them with ABS. ...
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Pouring drainage channel right next to foundation, how to protect the foundation?

Ugh. How can I arrange details on this concrete pour, to not damage the foundation later? This is San Francisco Bay area (no freezing). The visible clay pipe is a high volume gravity drain from the ...
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How to pour a concrete walkway directly up to a T style foundation

This is a side cutaway drawing of an existing 1930's stucco wall, showing the stucco in red and the original foundation. There is no weep screed, and originally the stucco was troweled right up to ...
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Correct drainage setup for a wall-mounted AC?

I have a wall-mounted AC unit. Specifically, a Fujitsu ASTG24LFCB. Recently water started leaking from the interior portion of the unit. I followed the instructions in this video to troubleshoot ...
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Garbage disposal not turning on with on/off switch. Water in sink draining in dishwasher. [closed]

My garbage disposal is not coming on and water from the sink is draining in the dishwasher. Do I need an electrician?
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Water Softener Drain Line with Loop - Flexible PVC to Sharkbite?

So, I bought a Genesis Revolution upflow water softener to install in my first house in Laveen AZ. We have a water softener loop already plumbed into the house. The airgap is in the laundry room ...
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What is this, and I can pump my dehumidifier water into it?

We got a dehumidifier with a water pump recently and I'm just now looking for a place to drain the water. What about using this p trap in the middle of this pic: I believe that brown rubber hose is ...
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Are there benefits to having the dishwasher drain into the garbage disposal?

My dishwasher is not draining properly and while taking a look at things I realized that the drain hose is not tied into the garbage disposal. Is this incorrect? Are there certain benefits for having ...
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How to manage water pooling at a particular spot in my lawn?

Per the picture, I have an interesting draining issue where some rain water will drain along my roof's edge to a spot on my lawn. Problem is that the water is pooling in heavier rains (see picture ...
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Connect 110mm pvc to clay oblique junction

I want to install a toilet and replace the existing 60mm cast iron pipe with 110mm pvc It looks as if the cast iron has been cemented into the clay pipe junction I’m trying to avoid replacing the ...
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Slope of decking and foundation

I'm having decking installed and the boards currently slope towards the house. The underneath of the decking is soil and there is no gutter alongside the house to funnel the water to the drain. Is ...
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Standing water in front of retaining wall okay for wall?

I built a retaining wall this past summer, and put the proper drainage behind the wall. Due to time, I never got around to handling drainage in front of the wall and in between the pool. The ...
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why river stones needed close to foundation

I often observe that some houses have a strip of lawn adjacent to the foundation removed, and replaced with pebbles, river stone or alike. I understand this does not serve only decorative purpose. ...
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How to remove hydrostatic pressure from basement floor so we can finish part of the basement?

We purchased a 3000 square foot ranch that was built in 1977. We would like to finish about 1000 sf of the basement. It has poured concrete walls and a concrete floor. Currently, we have two sump ...
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Plastic sheeting in a french drain system

I am installing a french drain along the foundation of a residence. I have always place thick plastic sheeting (6mil) up against the trench on the foundation side and on the bottom of the trench. ...
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How to reattach detached cable onto a drain hand auger?

I have this drain hand auger, But the cable is detached when I extend it out for cleaning, now I don't know how to attach and wind it back onto the device, I also can't find any manual or tutorial ...
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How to determine which size of auger to get for backed up basement floor drain?

My basement floor drain is backing up water (~10L) when washer is dispensing water during the spin cycle. It's an older house at 1955. The drain looks like it has a p-trap. I wonder how can I ...
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Basement floor drain back up, 1/2" snake failed, what next?

The basement floor drain is having backup after the wash cycle from the washer, it doesn't backup from other water usage. I had a plumber came in to power snake with 1/2" tip (and few other tips) ...
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My shower doesn't drain well in the first few minutes

When I take a shower the water doesn't drain well in the first few minutes. After about three to five minutes there's a few bubbling sounds from other drains, and then the shower drain works perfectly ...
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How can I get my sink's trap to fit around the rest of the drain assembly?

I'm in the process of adding a new bathroom to my house. I had a plumber rough in some connections for us, and then we are in the process of finishing it off. We used plastic accordion pipe to ...
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Can I build a concave mortared-stone sidewalk that will also act as a drainage flume?

I recently had a landscaping company install a mortared-stone drainage flume on the interior of a retaining wall at my house: It looks great and works just as well. It naturally has me wondering ... ...
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Drainage on side of new driveway

A bit of a two-part question. I had a new driveway put in this week. The sides of the driveway are exposed still after the forms were removed and I wonder whether I need to rush to fill that in so ...
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Should I install gutters before addressing draining in the yard?

My house doesn't have gutters or downspouts, so I'm planning to install them. Parts of the yard also remain wet for days after a rain, so I'm planning to install some kind of drain system in the yard (...
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How do I unclog my AC drainage line

I live in a condo with an in-home AC/heat pump. This morning we noticed that it was dripping water, and when we took off the front panel we could see standing water in the run-off tray. It was pretty ...
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Sealing crawl space vents in Pacific Northwest?

I just had a perimeter drain and sump pump installed in our crawlspace because it flooded frequently and severely during the rainy seasons. Before, I was under the impression that leaving the ...
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Drainage fix: Flat concrete slab up over my vinyl siding by 2 inches. Is this acceptable?

I am a new home owner. The concrete on my front porch sloped towards the house so every time it rained water drained between the porch and the house. Last week after 8 months the builder took out ...
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Is there a sealant I can use on concrete grouting with concrete pipes?

The driveway at our new house crosses over a creek, which requires 3 concrete culverts, about 16' long and 30" in diameter. The culverts are each made of two pipes with a joint in the middle. ...
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Yard Drainage issues

We have clay soil so we had our landscaper/yard maintenance person come out to see what could be done for our drainage issues...there were many low spots in the yard & even when he stepped on them,...
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Making a small drain/vent/hole in a glass box

I've got a glass box that measures 900mm x 450mm x 450mm. The width of the glass is about 6mm thick. If I drill, cut, or grind a small hole in/through one of the faces; will it significantly ...