View Full Version : Question Walkway vs. Draining Water

03-30-2006, 01:30 AM
Good Evening folks. I'm up in NewHampshire and thank god spring has finally rolled around. New potential client called and asked me to 'fix' his walkway. Took a look, and its heaved just about its entire length. The walkway is approximately 13 years old. It runs from a garage/office to the main house. The house sits at the bottom of a hill, so the entire front of the property drains right down and sometimes over the walkway. Theres a drain, it gets some of the water but the rest of the soil stays damp. At any rate, how do i fix this this thing assuming i'll be tearin it up, and have the 'go ahead' to dig down as far as i need and bring in all and any materials necessary. I've gotten some pretty decent suggestions, my only goal is to do the just how it oughta be done. thank you. John

03-31-2006, 12:06 AM
Can you create a swale to divert the water away from the sidewalk?

03-31-2006, 02:26 PM
Unfortunately no. The house sits kinda like at the bottom of a big land funnel, from there water works its way another 1000 ft. or so out into the bay. I dunno theres gotta be a way. i could dig'er out 12 inches compact the livin bejesus outta it back wrap'er up with geotextile(?) fabric and run lay some pipes underneather maybe.. I'm wide open to suggestions

03-31-2006, 07:11 PM
The drain that gets some of the water, how big is it? Can you replace it with a culvert and larger pipe 12 or 18"? Do some substantial grading around pipe to catch all of the runoff. You could hide the culvert with some planting and boulders / rock outcropping.
Replace walk with a concrete walk with footing below the frost line. Can't heave if frost can't get under it.