Questions tagged [drainage]

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How can I get rid of gnarly roots in an outdoor French drain without hiring/renting a roto rooter

I have a natural spring on my property. Without proper drainage, my backyard quickly turns into a mud pit. The pipes we put in filled within two years as you can see from the photo below. I have ...
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Drainage for level driveway

I am thinking of replacing my asphalt driveway with granite paving. The problem is that if I build a mortar bed for the granite blocks it will be level, so that water will sit on top of the driveway ...
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puddles in my concrete patio [duplicate]

What's the best way to even out areas of concrete patio where rain water collects into 2 large puddles? It also sits right up some against pool decking. A crack has also formed which I tried to patch ...
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instead of removing low area…puddles in my concrete patio

Amending my original question... The edge of slab is only a couple feet from Low area and it would pour into gravel theoretically if not for the low point. would it make more sense to try to grind ...
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DIY Crawl Space Drainage and Encapsulation

Our house is in western Washington and during the winter we get a lot water in the crawl space. I'd like to tackle installing a drainage system – probably with a sump pump – and then encapsulate the ...
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What is the minimum roof slope to accommodate rainwater drainage?

I have a patio with a 13ft(4m) by 26ft (8m) Roof, the slope runs vertically down the short (13ft) side.. and the height difference from the high point to the low point is only about 10in (25cm). ...
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What kind of drain rod do I need to get around this bend?

Had to have this drain unblocked professionally the other day, because I don't have the right kit. It blocks yearly, and so I'd like to be able to sort this myself. The problem is, that the drain ...
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Damp Crawl Space

My house is located in Missouri, currently I have a vented crawl space with a dirt floor. My home was built in 1998. I put a humidity tester in the crawl space and it reads anywhere from 75%-88% ...
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How to get water to hop from patio over brick wall?

I have a concrete patio elevated a few feet above the lawn. The patio is bordered by a brick wall (on 3 sides, with the house on the 4th) that extends higher than the top of the concrete of the patio ...
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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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What can I do about a window well that is filling up with water from below the surface?

I have 2 covered basement window wells on the side of my house. When it rains heavily, they fill up with water from beneath the surface. There are 4 downspouts from the gutters on our roof. They run ...
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How to stop concrete slab floor from absorbing water

This weekend my wife decided to clean up my office. When she pulled the old filing cabinet away from the way, she noticed the baseboards and carpet carpet were showing signs of water damage. It's a ...
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Drainage solution for pool area

I have a pool area which was filled with dirt. Side wall are intact but there were three large holes done at the bottom. During heavy rain season i see there is a water logging in the pool area as ...
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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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What is the correct way to install a washing machine drain pan?

I've got a laundry room on the second floor, and when it was remodeled the contractor put in a drain pipe, but no drain pan. At the moment, I have the washing machine hooked up, but it's away from ...
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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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Is my pool cracking due to sitting empty during freeze-thaw cycles?

I have a rental property with an in-ground pool. Last year my tenants failed to let me know that water was leaking out of the pool. They kept filling it up and once the pool was closed in the fall it ...
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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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How to reroute this downspout?

I am looking for some suggestions on how to best reroute this downspout. Currently gravity is working it's magic and it is draining downhill following the blue arrow in the images. The water runs ...
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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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Drain to a reservior when water height is higher then the drainage

I have a reservior made from a 220litre plastic drum which is about 1.2 meters tall. i have a sump to irrigate my garden in the drum and it pumps out the top through a pipe to my garden tray which ...
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Flex Drain - personal opinion from an experienced user

I am now working on extending my downspout under the sidewalk. Not something too complicated, just to distance the water a few extra feet away from the house. While researching about different pipe ...
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My house's perimeter drain system is full of water, why might that be and how do I fix it?

It's been raining light to medium for the past 12 hours and this morning while I was walking around outside the house, I noticed that this drain tube, which I believe runs around the perimeter of the ...
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Should I add sand or more limestone crush to raise a patio with no gravel bedding?

I need to regrade my patio and I had a quick look under the pavers to see how it was built. To my surprise I found the following layers: one thin layer off gravel -you would say it is about 1/4in ...
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Prevent water from overshooting gutter at corner roof valley?

I have a large, steep roof section (~400sqft) connected by a long ~20' valley. During heavy rainstorms, the majority of the draining water completely overshoots the gutter, landing near the ...
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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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How to diagnose a greywater system backup

In recent weeks I have noticed that the drain pipe from the washing machine has been overflowing into the laundry room. We stopped using the washer thinking that we needed a plumber to come to the ...
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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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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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Why is my shower not draining, even though there is no physical blockage?

I've recently moved in to a new home. For a while the shower was draining really slow, as there was no access to the pipework (it's all tiled in), I ended up ripping the shower tray out in order to ...
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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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Who is the right professional to call for drainage issues?

I've got some concerns about the drainage on our property and want to consult with a professional about. The problems, I'm not sure what kind of professional to call. To provide some context, here'...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I prevent flood waters from entering my house?

I live in a city where every time a heavy downpour lasts for more than 15 minutes there is flooding everywhere. When the water in the street have no more place to go, it then enters my driveway/patio. ...
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What is the best way to seal a French drain board due to high levels of radon?

The Radon level in my crawl space is above the threshold (~5.5) and the level in my basement is around 4. I'd like to install a radon mitigation fan that sucks air from the sump pump of a French ...
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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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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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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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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....