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Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by yesdear, Aug 22, 2004.

  1. yesdear

    yesdear LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    hello
    new home owner
    need advice on how go about
    grading water away from my house
    do i need to put in window wells
    do i put dirt right up against my brick wall
    and how
    been having trouble getting this thread to
    work , with pics , trying to resize it

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  2. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    Run down to Lowes.OK,you can walk.
    Go to the plumbing/drainage section and you should find rectangular trench grates,like you see at parking lot entrances.
    I'd recommend using those as you won't have to build up your soil,especially since you have basement windows.
    Install those(they interlock) along the entire side of the home and then attach them to regular round corrugated and discharge.
    Here's a website with some pics.Lowes will have plastic ones.
    http://www.crescentfoundry.com/ductile_grey_cast_iron_trench_grates.html
     
  3. yesdear

    yesdear LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    hey-ah
    NickN
    you might have a good idea here
    but , not sure how well it would go over
    with the people next door
    there dirt and rock line is there property
    they are not the most nicest people in the world
    but i also must consider there property is
    pitched right at the side of my house
    at least no water in my basement yet
    but the paint on my basement wall is starting to bubble
    up along the floor
    so i must do something soon
    what will happen come this winter
    the entire area will become drifted with snow
    Milwaukee , Wisconsin
     
  4. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    The trench grates are only 6 inches wide.Plenty of room on your property.If you build up,your going to create a swale where the properties meet,which will drown those little shrubs they have growing.
    Snow is another problem.We don't run into that down here very often.
     
  5. yesdear

    yesdear LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    hi NickN
    well if her little shrubs were lost at sea all
    the better
    not sure if i understand about this
    round corrugated
    is it wide enough for the 6" grates and for all the water
    to make it into the round pipe
    do i dig a trench for this drainege pipe
    also would you advise putting a pitch like
    to make the water drain towards the road
    maybe
    and how close to my house do i dig , right up against my foundation
    i still think window wells would be easier
    and just build up the dirt along my house
    then maybe the lady next door , would have to mover her shrubs to higher ground
    i am debating the best way here
    that sure would bepne long ditch to dig
    and i really have the same problem
    all the way around my house , need to pitch water away on
    all 4 sides , and 3 sides all have basement windows
    and what will happen when the snow flyes to this drainage pipe
    won't it fill and feeze and ruppture the drainage pipe
     
  6. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    You'll have to check your materials for freeze rates.
    The round corrugated will mate with the grate drainage system.You can set it away from the house to catch the rain before it reaches the foundation.You don't need to go all the way to the road,but can discharge into the lawn.Yes,you need to pitch the drain tile 1 inch for every 10 feet.
    Also,if you use the window wells,you'll still need drainage for that as they'll fill up and run into the basement windows or seep through the walls.
    It's not that much work.You and a friend can do it in a weekend with a trencher.Just run the pipe away from the home and use a pop-up to discharge.
    By just throwing some dirt over the problem you won't be helping much.The soil under the new dirt will still be compacted,but the new soil will be loose.So, the water will go straight through the new soil and get locked in by the existing soil(bathtub effect).
    Good luck.
     

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