Questions tagged [drainage]

Use this tag when the topic is about controlling water runoff, particularly near structures but also in yards or elsewhere.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3
votes
1answer
3k views

Can I build a French drain with old concrete and brick instead of rock?

Can I use old pieces of concrete (broken up cinder block) and old brick instead of rocks in the construction of a French drain? I'm thinking of building a French drain that leads to a dry well to ...
3
votes
1answer
978 views

How to add a drain pipe to a concrete block wall covered in insulation?

I want to run a 1.5" drain pipe along the wall about 2 feet from the floor to a microbrewery setup in the corner of my basement. I have sheets of fiberglass insulation against the walls though, and I ...
2
votes
4answers
3k views

Should a concrete slab slope toward my house?

I am adding a room to my home, the contractor poured a concrete slab for the addition and it slopes toward the existing house and it is now raining and water is coming under my floors. Is the slope of ...
2
votes
2answers
250 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
259 views

Should snakes be used on toilets?

An answerer on this question stated "remember to never use snakes on toilets." The internet, however, contains numerous tutorials on how to snake a toilet. Can and should toilets be snaked?
2
votes
3answers
109 views

Would a vernal pond (as either a retention basin or a infiltration basin) be a viable solution for this drainage issue?

So my backyard is showing some heavy pooling issues. I am in Southern Maine, USA The lowest point (picture 1) is, unfortunately pretty close to the garage pier foundation, and when the water pools it ...
2
votes
1answer
179 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
509 views

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?
2
votes
5answers
987 views

How should I cover this drainage garden pit in my front yard?

We just bought a newly constructed house. In front of it is a rectangular concrete pit, maybe 2–3 feet deep and roughly 8 feet long by 5 feet wide, with dirt at the bottom and several shrubs planted ...
2
votes
3answers
286 views

Can I let rainwater run along the wall?

I have 2 concrete small slabs (2m x 5m) that are sloped with 1.5% ending in the wall of the lower floor, 3 sides of the slabs have walls (just the low level doesn't). What is the best course of action ...
2
votes
2answers
295 views

Will the water be able to drain out of a blocked toilet?

Our toilet is backed up and water is filled to the brim but there is nothing else in the bowl. I turned off the water supply for the toilet with the little knob connected to the wall, but will the ...
2
votes
3answers
4k views

How do I set up drains for a flat roof?

In the house I'm building, I will be using a flat roof with a parapet around it. The total area will be around 120 sq meter and the roof will be a concrete slab (at least 8 cm). What is the best way ...
2
votes
4answers
35k views

How can I temporarily seal a gap underneath my door to stop water getting in while it's raining?

During heavy rain the water from the drains outside my apartment overflow. The doors have an almost 1 inch gap at the bottom, and the water floods the apartment. How can I seal that door gap ...
2
votes
2answers
409 views

Slow water drainage, then air bubbles from shower drain

I tried loads of things that may clear a blocked shower drain (store-bought liquids, vinegar+baking soda, running hot water through) over the past months, but the water still drains very slowly. After ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
168 views

Water pressure from slope causing crack and lean in foundation. Is a French drain the answer?

We have a concrete basement foundation. It's the type with a retaining wall that can only be seen from inside the basement and a second outer wall on top of which the structure is built. The ...
2
votes
2answers
68 views

How best to repair a cavity in the base of a retaining wall

I'm looking for some pointers on how best to go about repairing a hole and cavity in slate wall. The wall is the retaining wall at the rear of a house. Above and behind the wall there is a garden. The ...
2
votes
1answer
16k views

What is This White PVC Pipe in My Yard?

There is a white PVC pipe sticking out of the ground in my yard. It must have been put there when the house was built, before I was the owner. What is this pipe for? It is about 4 or 5 inches in ...
2
votes
2answers
129 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
527 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
775 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

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. ...
2
votes
2answers
119 views

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 ...
2
votes
5answers
6k views

Removing Oxbox GripTip

Hey guys! I'm trying to install a drainage line and I came across this Oxbox drainage line cover. I couldn't figure out how to remove it and have been attacking it with pliers to no success. Does ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

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,...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

How can I prevent/divert rain water from dripping on a flat flashing?

I'm helping maintain a set of townhome units and the homeowners are reporting an annoying drip sound just outside their bedroom when it lightly rains (which is quite often). Apparently the sound is ...
2
votes
3answers
276 views

Deteriorated downspout replacement

The downspout out the back of my apartment has completely deteriorated. I didn't get around to looking at it when I moved in last summer, but finally got on a ladder and took a photo today: So as you ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Merging water softener drain line to water heater relief valve drain line

I'm wanting to install a water softener. Can I merge the drain pipe from the softener with the line coming from the relief valve on the top of the water heater? I'm concerned about the elevation of ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Rain/irrigation run-off drain pipe opening constant dripping

Our house is at the bottom of a slope, and all rain water and irrigation runoff gets collected through a underground pipe which has an opening at street, a few yards away from storm drain. We ...
2
votes
1answer
269 views

How to promote garden drainage?

I have just finished renovations that included excavating a fair amount of dirt from our back yard. This has left me with an area about 5m x 10m that I need to fill with dirt to the depth of about 20~...
2
votes
2answers
72 views

Why don't segmental retaining walls need any piers or anchoring below grade?

I have built two soldier pile retaining walls (where you slot the boards between I-Beams you sink into the ground) with good success - but that success was due to: sinking the piles at least their ...
2
votes
1answer
64 views

Will a french drain help the runoff ditch in front of my house?

Like most rural yards I have a shallow runoff ditch between the road and my main yard. Over the whole 40 ft span the ground seems to slope in a consistent direction towards a larger common ditch/creek....
2
votes
1answer
306 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Should an underground drainage pipe be perforated?

If I want to install a long (30ft+) drainage pipe underground for my sump discharge, should the pipe be perforated or solid? The pipe will flow down and out into a creek. This is in a region that has ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

How to fill old downspout drains

My 1956 house had rainwater downspouts routed into below-surface drains. I assume these drains once lead to the house plumbing drain system. The drains are no longer used and the downspouts now empty ...
2
votes
1answer
972 views

Replacing cast iron pipe and adding new toilet

I'm planning to add new toilet/shower/sink downstairs. I have one existing on the 2nd floor and right under I'd like to add the new one. The new one is on the concrete slab, so no basement underneath ...
2
votes
2answers
334 views

What should I do with this broken toilet flange? Is it glued in?

I bought a house (foreclosed one) - and found a basement toilet was completely disconnected from the ground. So I picked it up and moved it away - and I'm gonna get a replacement toilet. But should I ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Exterior puddle at foundation

What is the best way to drain under an outdoor faucet in heavy clay soil? Faucet use and rain cause a puddle to form. I could grade the soil away from the house, but I think that would only be ...
2
votes
1answer
577 views

Can I use Teflon tape to seal a flange?

I'm trying to install any new pop-up assembly because my sink is currently leaking from the gasket. I purchased a Ace Hardware brand replacement. Unfortunately, I did not read the directions before I ...
2
votes
2answers
9k views

What is involved in replacing leaking iron drain pipes in a house with a concrete foundation?

I noticed cracks in the walls getting larger and called someone to check on the foundation. The foundation is fine (it's previously been repaired) but the center of the house is sinking. I plugged the ...
2
votes
2answers
5k views

How do I unclog a clogged swimming pool vacuum?

I have a swimming pool which I was vacuuming the other day. Unfortunately, I accidentally vacuumed some larger items (leaves, paper, etc) which caused the whole mechanism to clog, i.e., I can no ...
2
votes
1answer
5k views

What kind of filter fabric should I use for the curtain drain in my crawlspace?

I'm having a hard time finding appropriate filter fabric for my curtain drain in the crawl space. HD had some stuff but that's for gardening and may not be suitable. Also since their gardening ...
2
votes
3answers
188 views

Leveling options for an uneven concrete floor in basement?

I live in an old house (somewhere between 1870 and 1920) with a retrofit basement. I also have a high water table, so during the spring rains, we get a trickle of water in the basement ( we've come ...
2
votes
1answer
515 views

Proper Procedures for Regrading Under a Deck?

We have been getting tons of water in our basement during downpours (not regular rainfalls). The water comes in where the deck is located. I ripped up some deck boards and found the soil underneath ...
2
votes
3answers
4k views

Should my sump pail be perforated?

I'm replacing the sump basin/liner in my home which is currently a perforated 5 gallon bucket surrounded by gravel. I have an interior drain system that has two pipes terminating into the gravel pit ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Can I route a drain pipe under a gas line?

I want to reroute an outdoor drain pipe (rain water) to a better location but there is a gas line that is in the path that the drain pipe needs to go. Can I route the pipe below the gas line? I'm open ...
2
votes
1answer
701 views

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. ...

1 2
3
4 5
9