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Need drainage ideas

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by wildstarblazer, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 984

    This property area gets a lot of water pooling toward the house and around the curve of the driveway. The problem is the land pitches up so there is no way to lead the water downward cause of the driveway.

    Any solutions??

  2. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,441

    Use a French Drain

  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    So the driveway and the house come together at the downhill side of the slope?

    Is there a way to drain away from the driveway and let it runoff to the left of your pix?

    Would a culvert under the driveway headed straight at us from the pix work?

    French drains that close to the foundation of a house may be problematic... :)
  4. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 984

    No way to go under the driveway. Too wide. I was thinking of a dry creek design to be creative but I may just be opening another can of worms.
  5. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    Where is the foundation? Looks to be below grade too. I assume that white plate is some sort of insect treatment plate?

    Is the slope toward that black fence area and you just have some ponding near the house or as others asked does it slop toward where the drive and garage/house meet?
  6. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Senior Member
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    Actually I don't know what that white plate is. Yea the foundation is low.

    The water pools at the curve of the driveway and towards the electric pole.

    In my opinion the homeowner is a bit over concerned cause the soil is sandy and drains quick, but he still wants to make sure water stays away from the foundation.

    He wants to bring in a load of dirt and birm it away from the house but leaving some area between the house brick and the dirt. Not sure how that would fly.

    Another idea I had was to dig some dry wells to help the water drain quicker.

    Maybe I can figure a way to french drain up and away somehow.

    Thanks for responses..
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    That is my first thought. Just berm it up and slope it away from the house.

    Water intrusion wouldn't be an issue against the house as you would be deflecting the water from getting there in the first place, but still, you would need to either seal the bricks, and/or put some sort of backer board against the bricks on the house.

    Then you have the matter of re-positioning the spigot for the hose. I'd take it out completely and have a plumber put in a new one one the back-side of the house.

  8. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    The berm is a bad idea since the foundation is so low already and the house does not have gutters or so it appears.

    The dry creekbed is a good idea provided you can grade the slope out toward the black fence area to the upper left of the photo.

    You could bore under the drive or saw cut and place a channel.

    You really need to know the service route of the electrical service.

    I would not do a dry well that close to the house without a pump
  9. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 984

    It does have gutters but they don't always catch all the water in a hard rain.
    The electric wires are marked. They run under the drive toward the front of the picture so they won't be a problem.

    I'll post when and if we come up with a solution.
  10. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    Where is the down spouts? You could add more and run them into drain fields behind the house and go deep. Hard to tell which way things slope.

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