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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Rain chains at an angle from the vertical

I'd like to hang a rain chain, but not quite vertical straight down -- at a slight angle from vertical. What angle from vertical can I hang the rain chains, and still have them work? Are there any ...
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Is it reasonable to convert a general purpose motor and pump for a sump pump?

TLDR: I have a 120V 1/4 HP general purpose motor with pump head attached (with female threaded connections for input and output). Could I keep this pump/motor above ground and run PVC from the pump ...
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Tree vs drainage foundation issue

I have been seeing expanding cracks around my home and slowly widening cracks in my foundation. I had three foundation companies look at it and all three said different things. Excavate front of house,...
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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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How do I prevent water from collecting against side of house?

Our house has a concrete patio (I'd say about 12' x 10') in the back that is very slightly angled in so that rainfall can cause water to collect where the patio meets the back wall of the house. What ...
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Possible downsides of plugging up small hole in foundation?

I have found two small holes in the foundation, near the floor, in the cellar. Water trickles in through these two holes. I am thinking of plugging them up with spray foam. Are there any possible ...
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What purpose does this PVC pipe in my crawlspace serve?

I was cleaning the crawlspace under the house and discovered two 3/4 inch white PVC pipes that run across the crawlspace buried under ground (4-8 inch deep) and terminate at the perimeter foundation ...
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How can I prevent silt from clogging my yard drain?

In my concrete back patio, I have a standard 4" square drain cover which allows water to enter a sewer pipe about 6" below. The issue I have is that the sides of this hole are not covered in cement ...
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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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What is causing my kitchen drain to back up into my dishwasher?

I have tried vinegar and baking soda and a commercial cleaner. When I use the plunger the water in time will go down. What should I do first? Should I take my dishwasher apart or the attempt to clean ...
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Soil grade is above foundation

Our soil/landscaping grade is between about 4" and 8" above the foundation. I've read and been told that this is a problem. I believe the soil should be ~4" below the foundation line. We have a ...
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Managing water entry at garage door during high winds on rainy days

I have a garage floor that's level, and the driveway slopes very slightly away from the garage door. On rainy days, I don't have any issues with water entry, but on high-wind days, the rain hits the ...
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How can I prevent interior French Drain from further eroding soil under garage slab?

I have a home with a block wall foundation and adjacent garage (built on a slab) on the left side facing the house. The house sits on a grade with right side to left side drop of 3/4" to 1" per foot. ...
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Back Yard Hill Drainage Issues

My back yard slopes toward my house. Below is a picture taken from my dining room to help explain things. Previous owner had a french drain installed marked by the red lines. We've had a week or so ...
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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 I change the gradient/slope of asphalt walkway with cold patch?

I have a asphalt walk way that runs right next to my house and collects water. I have a outside sump pump near by, but there is a low spot on the asphalt next to the house that will always take water ...
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I live in NJ. Do I need a p-trap and vent on a washer drain line not going directly to the stack?

Here is my situation. As it sits now, my washer drains directly into the slop sink right next to it. I live in a split level and I am moving the washer & Dryer up one half level about 6 feet in ...
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Montgomery Ward window a/c drain clogged

I've got a really old Montgomery Ward A/C unit, model: VWE-5156A that seems to have it's internal drain clogged up. It works really well, (we were all shocked when it kicked on and worked like a ...
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Drainage for stairs to garden-level basement entrance

I have some concrete stairs that go down a few feet from the back yard into a basement door. During a heavy rain, water pools on the bottom stair, eventually coming in under the bottom of the door ...
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Is there a way to fix a small plumbing leak from inside the pipe?

During and after I have a shower I can hear a dripping inside a boxed-in area in an adjoining room where the drainage pipes are fed out of the bathroom and downstairs. I think I am going to have ...
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Properly fill small sinkhole near meter vault

I've got a very small sinkhole that has developed between my driveway and my water meter vault/box. The hole is about 20 inches deep and has actually eroded the soil deep enough that it goes ...
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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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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 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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Can I use a PVC cleanout plug in a Cast Iron Cleanout?

There's a cleanout plug on this pipe that I simply can't get loose. I've tried liquid wrench, PB blaster, heating up the area with a torch, everything I can think of. All that's really left is to go ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How risky is it to drain window wells into an interior drain tile system?

During some recent heavy rains one of my window wells filled with water, which started coming into the basement through the deteriorating window. I have a drain tile system around the interior of the ...
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What could cause my washing machine to stop before the rinse cycle?

My washing machine will get stuck right before the rinse cycle. The washing machine will be full of water. The way to "fix it" is to twist the knob right after the "rinse" line, find the sweet spot, ...
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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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How can I prevent water from puddling in a play area?

We have clay in our yard. I have spent a good two hours digging out the square space under our slide area of our swing set. I dug deep enough to have deep enough sand for the kids. However, due to the ...
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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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Under bathroom sink piping (exposed)

We are looking at setting up the piping for under our wall mounted sink (no vanity, ie, piping will be exposed). And after our contractor finished putting the wall we noticed that the hole from the ...
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Why do bathroom sinks have overflow holes whereas kitchen sinks and tubs do not?

My understanding is that the purpose of the overflow holes is twofold-- To allow water to flow down you drain faster. To prevent overflow if the sink is filling faster than it's draining. If #1 was ...
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How can I prevent my washing machine's drain hose from detaching from the pipe?

We just moved into a new rental house, and have had some immediate problems with the washer. Yesterday, during the 2nd load we'd run, the drain hose detached from the standpipe and unloaded the ...
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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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Draining a shed roof using a water butt

I'm trying to sort out drainage for a large shed roof. It's 23 sqm. I'm going to stick gutters on it, but my nearest drain is the other end of my garden, 25m away. My current plan is to drain the ...
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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. ...