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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Proper backfill for a trench dug below foundation level (within the 45 degree cone of support)

Given a trench dug below foundation level, what's the proper way to backfill? Here I'm talking about a trench below the bottom edge of an unreinforced concrete foundation built in 1950, supporting a ...
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How can I divert down spout water above ground to a different location?

I have a down spout that exits to an area that tends to pool water. Unfortunately the flower bed area near the house is lower than the surrounding grass area - and that grass area slopes back towards ...
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How can I prevent flooding in my house when it rains heavily?

My sidewalk slops downward from the street to the house, so when it rains heavily, water comes into the house. Not sure how to fix this situation without it costing an arm and a leg. Any suggestions?
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Leaky newly installed PVC drainage pipe

I am pretty bad doing handy work. Anyways, I decided to add a water drainage to my concrete flat roof. I had mocked up all the pipes and finally waited for a sunny day to remove it all and glue all ...
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Extending a pebble path for an old home

My house has an old pebble path that runs around about half of it. I am looking for the best way to extend the path in the same style. The existing pebble path is made from packed dirt (which has a ...
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Can I get rid of my sump pump?

My job moved me cross country and we bought a house (3 yrs old) that sits on a hill. It has a walk-out basement and the hill slopes away from there, yet the house was built with basement drainage ...
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Use cement blocks for egress window well surrounding [duplicate]

I need to make an egress window and the depth below grade is 24". However, most egress window wells at home improvement stores are 20" in height and I need to buy 2 of them which made the cost double....
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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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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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drainage problem from kitchen sink

My kitchen sink(double sink) backs up, there is no clog I have removed the trap, I have also removed the basement trap and snaked both ways. Now the bathroom sink will also backup at same time, so I ...
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Lowering the basement, water table 2 metre deep

My house is constructed on the side of a slope where the top of the slope is built the road. I'd like to dig out the basement which is not high enough to stand in mostly, and is just clay. As part ...
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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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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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Draining washing machine into yard

Short and sweet. First, we are on a septic tank. We are in Mississippi. We called a plumber to snake our drain on our washing machine because one load pours gallons of water onto the laundry room, ...
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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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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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Plumbing issues [duplicate]

My husband and I bought a house in July. During the home inspection, water was run for upwards of 20 minutes with no issues noted. When we moved in August 1st, we instantly noticed issues with the ...
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Can I pipe roof and sump water into an unused shallow well?

My building has some issues in the basement with water coming in through the walls. In order to improve drainage, can I pipe roof run-off and my sump pump into an unused shallow well? My lot is fairly ...
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Is a too-shallow foundation allowing excessive water into my dirt crawl space?

I live in a local minimum for my neighborhood, and in fact my house is built on the banks of a stormwater drainage ditch. Most of the rainwater from the road is collected by stormwater drains and fed ...
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Shower drain pipe leaking through floors

Top view of drainage pipe Hi, It seems that there is a significant leak when the shower is used as I observed a constant stream ofdripping water from the ceiling of the lower floor. Upon removing the ...
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What are alternatives to an in-floor drain in a laundry room?

Let’s say you had a house and, for whatever reason, it was not possible to have an in-floor drain in the laundry room. Are there alternatives that would ideally provide the same value in case of a ...
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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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How can I prevent this ice build up on my driveway/walkway?

My house faces North. I have down spouts on all four corners of the house. My challenge is that in the late winter/ early spring, the sun melts the snow off the roof and comes down the downspouts. ...
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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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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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What can I do about water runoff that is damaging soil around my house?

Just purchased my first home, it's on a slab and isn't on a flood/water tile of any sort. I've noticed that area's around the Gutter Drains where the Rain Slant thingies (im not sure what they are ...
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Drainage pipe to nowhere

For the last year, one of my gutter is constantly clogged and overflow. The gutter is almost impossible to reach so I had to hire someone to clean the gutter. Last weekend I decided this was enough ...
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Downspout Clogged

I have a downspout that runs directly into the ground. My first question is where would a downspout that enters the ground like this lead to/empty out to? My next problem is that this spout is ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I extend my sump pump outlet?

I live in area without sewers, so we depend on swales and drainage ditches when it rains. My basement sump pump outlet is in the ditch in front of the house, but it's a couple of inches below grass ...
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Need help with broken plastic pipe in the yard, constant stream of water

Within the past few months I've noticed a steady stream of water from the middle of my yard trickle down to the sidewalk. My House is on a hill, and my yard is sloped downward, so all water goes to ...
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Connecting a washing machine and tumble dryer to the same sink drain

I'm thinking on using one of these to install a washing machine and a condenser tumble dryer to the sink's drain pipe of my utility room. Why is one inlet pointing upwards and the other one ...
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How to fix drainage clog in the shower?

Drainage in my bathroom is keep getting clogged. I tried using a snake by drilling manually ... poured at least 4 cans of Drain clog remover on different time period... in the last 3 days.. however, ...
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Drain clay soil?

In my back yard I have a drainage problem. The soil has a thick layer of clay about 5 feet deep. In other words there is about 12-16 inches of loam with 5 feet of clay below it, then a fine packed ...
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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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Does this basement pit drain into the soil or the sewer?

My house was built in 1940. I recently pulled up the floor and subfloor in the basement and noticed this basement pit. There was about 6 inches of water in the bottom which I drained. Below that is ...
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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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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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Should I install gutters before addressing draining in the yard?

My house doesn't have gutters or downspouts, so I'm planning to install them. Parts of the yard also remain wet for days after a rain, so I'm planning to install some kind of drain system in the yard (...
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How do I unclog my AC drainage line

I live in a condo with an in-home AC/heat pump. This morning we noticed that it was dripping water, and when we took off the front panel we could see standing water in the run-off tray. It was pretty ...
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Sealing crawl space vents in Pacific Northwest?

I just had a perimeter drain and sump pump installed in our crawlspace because it flooded frequently and severely during the rainy seasons. Before, I was under the impression that leaving the ...
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Drainage fix: Flat concrete slab up over my vinyl siding by 2 inches. Is this acceptable?

I am a new home owner. The concrete on my front porch sloped towards the house so every time it rained water drained between the porch and the house. Last week after 8 months the builder took out ...
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Making a small drain/vent/hole in a glass box

I've got a glass box that measures 900mm x 450mm x 450mm. The width of the glass is about 6mm thick. If I drill, cut, or grind a small hole in/through one of the faces; will it significantly ...
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Do I have drainage issues?

I am looking at buying a home and the yard is a down slope to the road in the front and flat on the sides and in the back. The house was built in 1999 and had to have the driveway replaced in 2014. ...
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More backyard drainage problems.

I have a steep tree and grass covered back yard where rain water flows down during storms. This exits through the garage but is causing soil erosion. I too would like to know what sort of ...
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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 ...
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New home grading in backyard soil stays muddy for days

I have a new construction home and the backyard grade needed adjustment late in fall. There is an area that meets in the middle that doesn't really hold static water above, but the ground stays soft ...

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