Drainage

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Shawn260, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. Shawn260

    Shawn260 LawnSite Member
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    We built a paver block retaining wall about 40' long 4' high sloping down to ground level about three months ago. The problem is now after turning on the irrigation the wall will start to leak out water not long after. When installing the wall I walked in all back filled dirt with my tractor, but as I seid evidently there must be some drain tunnels that have evollved over a short time. He also not only has irrigation on the plant material that we installed but soaker hose to. Any suggestions on how to remidy this situation would be appretiated.
     
  2. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Assuming the water is seeping out, that's a good thing. That means there's less hydrostatic pressure on the wall than if it didn't seep.
     
  3. Shawn260

    Shawn260 LawnSite Member
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    Its a little more consistent than a seep. It dose not pour out but noticeable right after the irrigation is turned on, you can see the water leak out.
     
  4. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Do you have a pic?
     
  5. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Shawn ...did you back fill with some clear stone and weeping tile? If so , does the weeping tile daylight somewhere?
     
  6. Shawn260

    Shawn260 LawnSite Member
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    Yes, I have several pictures I took of it when we were done but I am not computer savy enough to get them from my phone to the web but I will work on that dilemma. And no I did not use drainage tile as I wanted the wall to be able to "slowly release water" I am hoping to remedy this situation with out having a major ordeal, but will do what ever needs to be done.
     
  7. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Shawn, work on posting the pics and hopefully we can help you.
     
  8. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Did you by any chance damage the irrigation system when you excavated for the wall?

    You shouldn't see drainage like that unless the system had ran long enough to totally saturate the yard.

    Is the soil a heavy clay?
     
  9. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    First thing I would do is cut down the water,no need for a soaker hose and irrigation(sprinklers?)too.As above need pics.I think you have to get a plug-in adapter for your phone then plug it in like you would your camera and your software should detect it and ask you if you want to download your pics.Be sure the phone is on the setting you use to view your pics.
     
  10. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm thinking he meant sprinklers for the yard, and drip for the landscape, I've never seen drip and mist heads together on a landscape.

    I think the main issue is that draintile and rock were not put down behind the wall...and overwatering/irrigation damage, are letting you see that.
     

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