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How to terminate a soil drain pipe into the earth and avoid blockages

Normally you would put that into a "dry well" to terminate it underground. That's a large, perforated drum-like thing. 50 and 330 gallons are common sizes, but there are many others. It's ...
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How should this underground down-spout-in-yard-drain be appropriately installed?

RMDman is spot on, but there's a critical component missing in your system which may have contributed to the problem: A debris filter grate. You'll notice that most diagrams for this sort of thing ...
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How should this underground down-spout-in-yard-drain be appropriately installed?

The green part is supposed to be flush with the bottom of the blades of grass. This so the lawn can be mowed without having to go around the drain. The center of the drain is pushed up by water. There ...
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Best way to prevent basement flooding

The ideal solution is to waterproof the foundation and that's best done during construction. Since it's too late for that, your next best option is to waterproof after the fact. This is best done from ...
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How to terminate a soil drain pipe into the earth and avoid blockages

Just finished landscaping my garden. They diverted the drainage pipe in a pit where my rainwater tank got embedded with crushed rock. Then they covered the crushed rock with water permeable geotextile,...
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Can top of brick wall be level?

Coping stones. They can be any profile, flat, sloped, ridge-cap… They prevent water ingress between the brick courses and also between brick and render. Water ingress plus frost equals broken mortar, ...
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How did a salamander get in my sump pit?

There shouldn't be any openings in the actual tile system other than the small holes in the piping in your basement but there could be openings where the sump pumps discharge the water. The salamander ...
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Should I be using this white pipe to drain my sump pump?

That is presumably a clogged or poorly installed underground drain for the gutter downspout and/or sump. Presumably it's now disused due to clogging or dumping water back in the basement to be pumped ...
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Joining a 1.5in pvc to a 1.25 pvc drain pipe but a reducer doesn't exist

Sump pump? 10 seconds of searching found a Fernco (rubber coupling, entirely suitable for sump pump use) that will do. More searching might find something else. Image Source no endorsement implied ...
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DWV vs Schedule 40

Neither Schedule 40 nor DWV rated pipe is required, in most instances, for gravity drainage of storm water. Thinner pipe with SDR ratings, commonly called "drain and sewer pipe", is ...
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Can I join multiple underground PVC drainage pipes to a common outlet?

There are a few things to consider when speculating on whether this will work: Is the outlet elevation adequately below the elevation of all inlets? It needs to be enough that high flow from one ...
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Who do I hire to repair damage from a leak from the deck into the house?

A general would probably be your best bet, as you'll need to pull up some parts of the deck to get access below, open up the roof (likely) or ceiling from below, possibly install/repair plumbing for ...
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Should water be dripping from my furnace condensate line onto the basement floor?

You have a new AC system. It's making cold air. It also is making the condensation it produces cold, which in turn creates more condensation in the drip line itself. Simple fix. Add a series of 90 ...
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House Has Apron - Sump Pump Goes Out Window - Proper Drain In Wrong Place Still Better?

The simplest solution may be to put a planter or something like that next to it, or over it, so (a) nobody will notice it, and (b) it won't be a trip hazard.
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How can I repair an underground gutter drain pipe broken at the face of a concrete slab?

Concrete is not immutable, just annoying to modify or remove/replace. So, remove enough concrete that you can make the repair, and replace it when done. Or, being just a storm drain to the curb, ...
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Do sump pump basins always have a certain level of water in them?

The level of water in a sump pump basin is dependent on the water table of the surrounding terrain. That level will vary with rainfall, conditions of drought, localized flooding, melting snow, etc. ...
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How to divert rain water from walkway?

Best bet is probably to put a drain pipe under the walkway. I'm not too fond of the "along this wall to the driveway" option because that's also "along the front of the house to the ...
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Raising artificial grass above ground (concrete) to help drainage: PVC Screening or wet room drainage mat roll?

Plastic tiles are the way to go even if a bit more expensive. These are not too bad https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09R25YM1H (this is not a product endorsement)
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Should I ask contractors to install channel drain in front of my garage this way?

Putting the channel in is the easy part, you can do that yourself. I have done it myself, but I did get a Concrete guy to cut the channel. This is because he cut it straighter than I would have. I ...
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Does a window well for an above grade window require a drain?

When you change the soil level, they will no longer be "above grade" - the soil level is "the grade" in this case. Increasing the grade puts the windows below grade. So, probably ...
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Can I join multiple underground PVC drainage pipes to a common outlet?

Like joining any other drains, the main thing is to get bigger where you join them, and forever after until the outlet. So if you have 3 4 inch drains, you'll want a 6" or 8" pipe to take ...
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How to seal off sewer gasses on a 3" horizontal sewer pipe coming into a sump pit?

Put in what's called a "running trap", which is just a U-shaped dip in the pipe. It would be good to have access to it to be able to remove sediment from time to time.
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Is it ok to have condensate drain pipe onto concrete next to foundation?

Personally, I'd probably just shove a gutter deflector under it to push the water a bit farther from the house to where it will dry out more easily... In my installation the condensate drains are like ...
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Why is water escaping my downspouts onto the concrete pad?

You have buried downspouts that discharge somewhere else. This could be out in your yard, or the sewer system. Most municipalities are trying to get rid of downspouts connected directly to the sewer ...
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Is it ok or normal for my sump pump to run as much as it does?

Make sure there's not a path for the discharged water to return to the sump pump. If it's running full time, then worry. Water moves too slowly through clay for the water to be coming through solid ...
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Can top of brick wall be level?

All you need for drainage is 1-2% slope (1/8-1/4" per foot) and if you slope it that much towards the wall you want to work on with the ladder, it will make the ladder footing (typically only 3-4&...
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Can a French Drain drain into a Rain Garden / Swale?

Slope should be 1-1/4" to 2-1/2" in 10 feet (1/8-1/4 inch per foot) - not more, not less. More leads to build up of infiltrated soils in the pipe (water runs away quickly and heavier stuff ...
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Could a new roof type exacerbate basement floor cracking?

All basement slabs crack. It's just a matter of where and whether adequate control joints were installed to prevent random cracking. You shouldn't really see seasonal movement, though. Yes, additional ...
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Flooding likely due to clay drainage tile broken; excavate to replace?

Repair will be a gamble. Before throwing $4000 at a plumber it might be well worth your while to dig a hole yourself and see if you have one broken tile, or many broken tiles. You can also do some DIY ...
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How to terminate a soil drain pipe into the earth and avoid blockages

You can terminate these pipes underground in a dry well, with a mix of sand and coarse stones, as some of the other answers have outlined, but I strongly urge against doing so, because doing so makes ...
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