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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drain hose for chest freezer

I'm trying to build a DIY ice bath (Wim Hof style ice baths) using a chest freezer. I have a Magic Chef small size chest freezer (pic below). I need to drain the water in it every couple of months or ...
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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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Fix water pooling on porch connected to driveway

The steps to my back porch are connected directly to my driveway. However, the paved section of the driveway leading to the steps is improperly sloped. This leads to pooling at the bottom of the steps....
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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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Foundation water seepage?

Recently purchased a new home and am noticing that there appears to be what seems to be an issue with water seeping through the foundation in the basement. Shortly after a decent rain the wall will ...
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Pavers mortared to cement - how to grout joints

In my front yard I have a curved walkway made out of cement. The cement walkway is about 45 inches wide and sits on top of some compacted dirt. This past weekend I used some exterior thinset mortar (...
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Strange suction in toilet and sink, like a vacuum in the sewer pulling the water out

This is hard to explain.. But I was sitting in my bedroom when all of a sudden my toilet started draining, then the sinks in the bathroom started pulling air in, then when the water from the toilet ...
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Should drainage pipe behind a retaining wall only have holes on the top?

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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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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How should I drain an area of gravel between a sidewalk and retaining wall?

We are reclaiming a flower bed and extending our existing patio. After a gully washer I am now concerned about drainage for this 5ft by 36ft impervious surface we are adding. We are also adding a ...
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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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Is this a drain-pipe?

I am about to install a water heater in our condo. This is inside the house so I want to be careful about possible leaks. I am putting a drain pan underneath it and need to connect it to a drain ...
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Drainage issue, water causing foul odor in home

I live in an apartment building where the building is built on a concrete slab. There is NO overhead drain pipes or gutters and the water pools up along the side of the building next to my living room ...
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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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Pipe cleaning machine without guide hose - how to prevent tile and furniture damage?

Looking for a pipe cleaning machine, I see only the very expensive ones with a guide hose ("Spiralschutzschlauch") that will protect the bathroom from fast-rotating spiral ends (2.5 - 5 m!). ...
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Bathroom sink drainage

Yesterday I tried to get my bathroom sink to drain better and I used a plunger. Unfortunately water got into the overflow and now water is coming out through the hole. What can I do? ...
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Mountain top drainage issue

We live atop a large hill and due to how the driveway is I constantly have water and mud on top of a small area of my driveway. This area is supposed to be a low area to care water down the driveway ...
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My pool drainage seems to break the law of physics

I apologise if this is answered somewhere else, but I can't find the answer. I have an above-ground pool, with an overflow pipe coming out of it about 4" from the top. This overflow pipe then ...
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What should be considered when updating wall assembly in only one section of a wall?

Background: We live in a 1920s two-story foursquare home in New England. The house has painted wood shakes/shingles siding on the second story, and wood clapboard siding on the first story. We will ...
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Why am I seeing stagnant water inside the shower drainage pipe hole?

I was cleaning the shower drainage pipe (removing hair etc) in the upstairs bathroom and I can see water around 1 foot deep. See the pic. Is that normal? Shouldn't the pipe be empty? If water stays ...
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Sump pump horizontal distance - Why do 90 deg angles put more load on the pump after a vertical drop?

I'm installing a new sump pump basin in a new location in my crawl space. I currently have a Zoeller M53 1/3 HP. The discharge pipe will come out the back of my house, but I want to bring the ...
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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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Concern with whirlpool tub pump drainage

I am having a whirlpool tub installed by a plumber. This is the tub. We purchased it with an upgraded pump, specifically this one. It came from the factory looking like this: The pump is mounted at ...
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Small atrium in 3rd floor of building has a storm drain that's leaking down to the crawlspace. How do i fix this?

My building (old 4 unit Victorian) has a small atrium on the 3rd floor with a storm drain that's leaking all the way down to the crawlspace underneath the building. When it rains, i can hear light ...
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How low should I drill holes in my sump pump basin? Should I drill them at the bottom?

I'm encapsulating my crawl space and as a part of this I'm installing a sump pump with a perimeter drain around the inside of the crawl space that leads to the sump pump basin. I installed the sump ...
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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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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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Can I approximate flow rate of a roof with known flow rate of another roof?

My main building roof I need to know the flow rate (FR, for example Litre per minute) of water coming out from the gutter of this roof. The easiest way would be catching the flowing water coming out ...
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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 only use small sump pump basin in crawl space, what can I do to prevent short cycling?

My crawl space access is only 19" in height. This severely limits the sump basins I can find. Every basin I see that say that they are 18" diameter are referring to only the inside diameter. ...
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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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Washing machine overflow

I live in a home built in the late 60s. The old set up for the washer was draining into a utility sink (1 1/2 trap that connects to a 2in main) I wanted to move the washing machine to the other side ...
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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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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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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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What's the best way to deal with the floor of a shed with water infiltration?

I have an old carriage house on my property, probably over a century old, which sits on what is now the lowest part of my property. As a result, water runs back into it along the driveway (which also ...
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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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Overflow Pipe Popped off Drywell

After a severe rainstorm I noticed the back overflow pipe of our drywell popped out of the ground. I went back and set it back into place but after inspecting the area, I noticed a lot of erosion ...
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How to support 20 feet of 4 inch pvc drain pipe horizontally along a concrete wall?

I need to run 20 feet of 4 inch drain pipe horizontally along a concrete wall. Someone suggested saddle clamps and anchors. I am not sure exactly what type to use, especially if the pipe is full of ...
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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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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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Non woven geotextile fabric for french drain clogging in heavy clay

I did a lot of research on french drains before I hired a landscaper to put one in a month ago. Followed advice of the French Drain Man and used 4oz non woven geo textile fabric. I also had standing ...
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What is the 4" white pvc pipe in Pool patio concrete slab?

Bought his house this summer. Didn't like that pool liner attempted to float in a few areas during a 2 day ice storm back in October with 3+ inches of rain. Back corner around shed became a lake with ...
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Finishing basement with unusual drainage

I live in a historic home, and the previous owners made some interesting choices, to say the least. As a result, there are lots of things here that I’ve not encountered elsewhere. I’m currently ...
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permanently closing off a crawl space under a house

I have a old small house that that was built in the 60s above ground with a dirt  crawl space underneath. There are two  access openings on each side of the house 28 x 18. There is no need to crawl ...
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How can I handle expansion drainage from water heater?

I have a couple of 150L electric water heater cylinders in the cellar, fed by mains water pressure. They're designed to bleed a little from the bottom, as water inside heats up. If they were above ...
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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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How to open this drainage cap?

Just moved into a new house and had a new washer and dryer delivered today. When they installed them, they said they couldn't complete the washer install due to this cap on the drainage pipe. They ...
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Can I run a washer hose up and over a door?

Currently my washer is on one wall next to a standing drainpipe and blocks access to an exterior door. I would like to move the washer to the exterior wall, next to the dryer, but that would require ...
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Is gravel necessary for post hole drainage in sandy Florida soil?

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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