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 do I seal this grating when it rains?

I use this 6x10' grating for sunlight and aeration but its a menace when it rains. I have used multiple plastic sheets and tarpaulins. They do block the rainwater but start leaking or tearing apart ...
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identifying drainage problems without pulling up the floor

Help. We bought a house 2 yrs ago and remodeled it to within an inch of its life. Both my husband and I have mold allergies. The house is on a slab so we pulled all carpet and put in moisture barrier ...
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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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Foundation drain leaking?

The eavestroughs (rain gutters) on this house drain into a 4" PVC pipe system, I suspected there was a leak somewhere because of mold inside at that corner of the house. I dug down a couple of feet ...
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Digging 4-foot drainage trench

I am contemplating digging a drainage trench to drain my gutters instead of just having them empty onto my lawn. My plan is to go down 4 feet which is the frost line here and then install perforated ...
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Does siphoning through a garden hose to a basement make sense?

I'd like to drain some rainwater sitting on an in-ground pool cover. I siphoned the first few inches quite easily with one end at the street level—which, luckily, is a little lower than both the front-...
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Does a French drain need to terminate above ground?

I'm in central Florida (lots of rain and sandy soil), and have had drainage issues around my house. I'm putting in french drains to resolve this. As shown in the image below, the drain (red) will be ...
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what is the right drainage system around a floating crawlspace foundation?

4 years ago I bought a house in a town on the Canadian border of MN. What I didn't realized was...the property is sloping and my neighbor filled his property up so it's half a foot higher than mine. ...
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Front yard flooding, drainage help needed

[Front yardThe front of my yard faces the main road, which is on a higher grade than my driveway. My driveway dips for the first approx. 5 feet, then dips back up towards my garage, this causes water ...
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Replace pop-up with flip sink drain covers?

I had my house replumbed to code and put new sink basins in with pop up wastes. But I find that the water drains slowly, and the brand I'm using breaks easily so that they don't click in and out. I've ...
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Shoring up drainage culvert slope

I just bought a new house, and the drainage culvert out front along the road has several areas where the slope has collapsed, resulting in what looks like a miniature landslide landscape. What is the ...
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How to fix the slant of bathroom floor

This is a follow up question to How long does caulk need to dry in a 1" gap? Some additional background information is that this is in China and bathrooms are not designed for contained bathtubs/...
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Kitchen sink draining into catch basin

For a house that I'm in the process of buying, there is what I think is called a "catch basin" in the backyard (under a manhole-looking cover). It seems that the kitchen sink may be draining into this,...
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basement sump pump water level above drain tile

We bought our house in December of 2015. House is situated at bottom of the slope (backyard is slopping towards the back of the house not very steep - but still negative slope). House has sump pump ...
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How to fill soil void along basement wall?

The previous homeowners did not keep up with the downspouts and some erosion occurred. All of the drains to the street are great and I have reconnected the downspouts to the drain pipes; some were ...
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Is it OK to drain sump water into a pond?

My current sump system drains into an area that has high traffic for various activities such as log splitting and brush clearing. This creates a very muddy mess. I want to relocate the sump drain pipe ...
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Wind from kitchen sink drainage pipe

We live on a windy coast of North Sea. High wind is a norm here. One of the problems I face with the wind: it comes out from kitchen sink drainage pipe. If it is blowy outside, you can feel a draft ...
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Drainage problem

I built a room to my existing house which created a pitch on the roofline. When it pours rain, the water pools under my window and seeps into my house. I have put up gutters and also a rain ...
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Drain Help - Cannot Divert to Street

I have a drainage issue in my back yard that we've dealt with for years. I have a few ideas, yet I thought I'd post one to see if it will work first. We live in a typical SoCal track home surrounded ...
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Collapsing wooden basement walkout

The issue: We bought a house, built around 1985, but it has this extremely poorly built walkout from the basement. It looks like the builder's "solution" for drainage was a bent piece of tin ...
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Superior option for gutters/downspouts?

I am looking at replacing a downspout and possibly some gutters. Currently I have the usual rectangular white aluminum downspouts and gutters. My concern with those is that they have limited capacity,...
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Draining from gutters

Currently at my house that I bought recently, I have one side of the house draining the gutters down some pvc pipes that end up draining into my sewage line. On the other side of the house, the ...
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air trapped in sink drain?

A modest sized object had fallen into my bathroom sink causing (I assume) the sink to drain slowly. That is, at first (after dropping the item) the sink seemed to drain fine but eventually it slowed ...
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Raised Concrete Patio Drainage

I recently purchased this house which has a raised concrete patio in the rear that has a large depression in the middle probably 4' wide by 6' long. You can see the cracks in the concrete where the ...
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Standing Water on French Drain

What could be causing standing water on top of a new yard french drain? I am working on a french drain solution in my backyard. I just finished covering the last section up yesterday and it started ...
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Bathroom clogging

Ok I 2 bathrooms washer and dryer and a kitchen lol. My master bath and washer and dryer are closest to septic and have never had issues the kitchen has backed up once . Now I have a shower sink and ...
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Dishwasher Drain Into Sink instead of Under?

Is it ok to have the drain hose of the dishwasher just set into the kitchen sink and set in place, or do I have to merge it with the drain under the sink? I am leaving this apartment soon (with my ...
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How can I rig a battery backed-up sump pump for an exterior pit?

I have an exterior sump pit which gets all the water from my downspouts and french drains and pumps it out to a rain tank and overflow into a leeching field. Because of where the pit is, if the pump ...
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Drainage Pipe Question

I need to divert water from a rain gutter. The problem is that I need to run the pipe under a side driveway. What is the best pipe that will hold up with vehicle traffic? How deep does the ditch need ...
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Would a french drain solve my water issues?

My yard slopes toward my house. The foundation is 2 to 3 feet below the yard. I have water that seeps into the crawl space after large rains. Would a linear french drain 6 to 8 ft. out from the house ...
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Solving active sump issues

We bought our 20 year old house in Fishers, IN (northeast Indy suburb) this past summer. Three days after moving in, we had the last of the bad summer storms. One of the pumps in our Triple Safe sump ...
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Odor from shower drain

Two year old house: we are getting an occasional sewer odor from the shower drain after using the shower. It appears that the water is occasionally siphoning out of the trap after using the shower....
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Kitchen sink/garbage disposal waste draining into backyard

I've recently discovered that my mother in-law has a planter outside her kitchen window which is catching run off from her sink. There is a pool of water and a smell that can now be detected from the ...
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Coping stone mismatch on corner of roof causing water damage to my wall

I moved into my house 18 months ago and the back of my flat roof extension has drainage issues. You can see from the picture that the coping stones don't fit correctly on the corner (red circle) ...
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Installing washer/dryer combo in kitchen

Due to space constraints, I am planning to install 1 1/2 inch pvc piping through cabinetry to the sink tailpiece (with some type of tee) which will go straight down to the p-trap to the main kitchen ...
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Drain hose of washing machine too low?

I just bought a front load washing machine and installed it. The plumbers in our bldg. installed the incoming water hose and the drain hose to the wall. Problem is that when the washing machine drains,...
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Ejector Pit & Sump Pit Combined - Whats a good backup option?

Here in Chicago we have a combined sewer and storm drain system - as a result it's not uncommon to have sump pits and ejector pits combined - which is the case in my basement. The ejector then handles ...
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Water logging in demolished pool area

I recently got a pool filled in in my backyard. The Contractor cut three large holes (3x3') in the bottom of the pool before filling it. This is the first heavy rain of the season and I see a lot of ...
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Backyard Drainage Issues

I recently had a sink hole in my backyard that I consulted with here on DIY and got some helpful responses. This was as a result of an old well. It was fixed by a landscape architect. However, after ...
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After what depth is a subsurface drain (e.g. French drain) no longer practical?

We currently have a building underway and it's foundation consists of individual concrete footings extending 3m (~10 ft) below ground. It's also worth noting that the structure does not have a ...
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Blockage in bendy pipe

I have a problematic pipe that has a blockage. Problematic for three reasons: I could not snake through it (I have a 25 feet snake with a manual spin, spent a good while spinning trying to snake ...
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Bathroom drainage: bath's water flooding shower

I have a drainage problem in the bathroom. So, after a bath, I drain the bath water into the bath sinkhole. But most of the bath water comes out of the shower sinkhole, flooding the shower and onto ...
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Outside drain - how to replace this grate?

I'm planning to redo a back entrance into the REO house I bought. There is this drain: see images which seems like it had a grate on it initially but was broken out? It's hard to read - but it ...
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Can I install a sink that drains into this floor drain?

I would like to install a sink in my basement but the only drain that is close to it is being used for the HVAC. Can I use this existing drain for the sink as well? This is roughly how the drain is ...
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How do sub-surface drains (e.g. French drains) work?

Do sub-surface drains (e.g. French drains, rubble drains, etc.) require a uniform rise in the water table in order to work? Or can they catch and convey localized sub-surface water? For instance, let'...
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Air Conditioning Drain Pump

I am going to purchase Multi-Split air conditioning unit for my apartment that I am fully renovating at the moment. So it is the right time to make wholes in the walls etc. The supplier is giving an ...
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Is this foundation properly supported against rotation in an earthquake?

This foundation was built 1938, and seems unusually tippy even for the time. This is in an earthquake zone, the garage has a second floor above, and the given wall is shearwalled and bolted, with ...
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what connection to use for drain

I have a 3" drain running horizontal. I will have a new 2" drain running horizontal to just above the 3" drain at an angle and need to connect them together. I assume I shouldn't use a regular T here,...
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More plumbing issues

Ok, so we broke down and called a plumber: vent stack had a major block and when that didn't stop the gurgling in our toilet, plumber installed secondary vent under bathroom sink. The gurgling stopped ...
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Is it Okay to Snake Underground Line that has a Shielded Fernco Coupling?

I need to tie-in a pvc pipe to an existing 4 in. pvc drain pipe. I plan to use a shielded fernco coupling. Is it okay to snake a pipe that has a fernco coupling? Will the snake tear up the fernco? The ...