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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Backyard Drainage Issues

I recently had a sink hole in my backyard that I consulted with here on DIY and got some helpful responses. This was as a result of an old well. It was fixed by a landscape architect. However, after ...
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Flood prevention in laundry closet

I recently bought a house with the laundry closet upstairs. The washer and dryer were conveyed to us by the sellers. The washer does not have a drain pan underneath it, and as far as I can see, the ...
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How can I attach a new drain to a drain pipe that's fallen away from the tub?

Hello everyone, Noobie here and I think I shot myself in the foot! I wanted to replace the old drain with a new one so my almost 2 year can have bubble baths. I was able to remove the old drain ...
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Need advice to prevent runoff water from going into neighbor's yard

I'm looking for some advice on what I can do to prevent runoff water from going into my neighbor's yard. I am an auto detailer so I am constantly washing cars in my driveway. The neighbor also parks ...
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How to prevent rain grate on the garden from shifting or collecting debris?

My downspouts go along the wall down to the garden level. I will install rain grates below it to collect the water and direct it to the street. I will make something like that. I think being buried ...
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How can I route storm water away from my atrium?

I have an atrium in my condo that is exactly in the middle of the house. It has gutters and downspouts around it and whomever built it, just let the downspouts empty into the open courtyard of lava ...
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What can I do to avoid tripping over HVAC drain line?

The drain tubes for the Furnace and AC run about 10 feet across the laundry room to the drain in the middle of the floor. Unfortunately this is a fairly high-traffic zone (seven people living in the ...
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Should I be concerned that water is pooling when ground is dug near the foundation?

My house is approximately 7~8 years old, and we bought it newly built. The foundation is mainly clay, and I live in a relatively dry environment (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). It is a walkout house, so ...
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Abutting brick or paver stones to foundation

I have a little area between our deck and garage that would be perfect for the grill. Right now it is dirt, with nothing but dandelions thriving. +---HOUSE---------- | {-----...
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Can I use aluminum or plastic sheeting between decking and joists to waterproof under a deck?

I'm trying to build a deck where I can use the few feet under it as storage space. I'm thinking of using 8mil (or 10mil, if nessacary) plastic sheet or vinyl sheet between the joists and the decking....
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Prevent water seepage through concrete block foundation

Earlier this week we had a really warm day which was welcomed by many after such a long cold winter. That night I came home to find a small puddle forming on my basement floor. I followed the water ...
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Drainage area for a French drain

I have a muddy backyard that has minimal slope toward the back property line, and I'm considering installing a French drain to improve the situation. Is there a general rule as to how much area a ...
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Who should I call for a roof drain leak?

We have a balcony above our garage attached to the house, that is surrounded by 3 stucco walls and has a drain in the middle that leads into our garage. Example of random balcony with drain similar ...
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How prevent water drainage from neighbor's yard?

Most of our back/side yard is 3'-5' lower than our neighbors'.During winter rainstorms water drains under the fence from their barely landscaped yard and stands in low spots AND at our house slab. A ...
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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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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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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 Identify/Fix Source Of External Water

My house is leaking! It's hard to see but if I angle the camera just right, these small droplets of moisture become visible. This is from an East-facing external bedroom wall taken during a pretty ...
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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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How do I divert rain water off of property?

My upper back yard sits on a slight hill. When it rains, water forms in holes like springs, and water continues to run down my driveway days after it has stop raining. I just had a new driveway ...