Drainage Problem Any Help Good

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Green Care, Aug 14, 2004.

  1. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Sump pump can't handle the water trying too reroute it.If need more pictures I have them.

  2. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Here is another one

  3. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Here another one tell me what ya think.

  4. blafleur

    blafleur LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    Can a small retaining wall with drain pipe reroute it?

  5. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,009

    From the pics it looks like the water is running towards the security sign(octagon) and then along the wall.
    First thing I would do is install a drainage grate near the octagonal sign and then run the pipe parallel to the wall and discharge away from the foundation via a pop-up.Too much water for a dry well.
    It sure won't hurt to dig to the foundation of the wall and backfill with crushed limestone and some drainage pipe also.
  6. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Heres another one

  7. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Another one here ya go

  8. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    In picture 1 where the ivory is, to your left that's where the wall starts it run to steps I will have to come from the octagon to the ivory with pipe right?

    Such tight area how would you dig or what would use.
  9. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    Looks to me like the drainage behind the timber wall is either not in existance or is plugged.

    I agree with Nick; the first thing I would do is install drainage behind the wall. I'm a little concerned about the large tree- how long have the walls been in place?

    Is this area open on one end, or is it totally enclosed by walls/stairs?

    From what I can tell from the pictures, it doesn't appear that the timber wall was built correctly- it looks as if there is no overlap of the timbers, meaning there are several invidual walls instead of one stronger one. Again, from what I've seen, I see no evidence of deadmen either. With 9 courses of timbers showing, there needs to be at least 2 every 8 feet, with them spaced 3 courses apart....

    Knowing that the wall is built wrong (I'm assuming from what I've seen in the pics), and assuming that one end is open, I'd recommend tearing the walls out and starting over. Put in drainage and build the new walls correctly.

    If one end is not open, I'd still suggest rebuilding the walls correctly, it would just be a little more work.

    Check into a tracked Dingo (such as a TX 420 or TX425), or a Bobcat MT52. I would want tracks around that tree, all of these have that. Plus their compact size will help.


    This may be picking nits here, but, by the way, it's IVY, not ivory.:) You were confusing me at first.:p

  10. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,274

    First I'd see where the water is coming from.

    If it is runoff from rain and/or irrigation, you might consider a swale and french drain up the hill before it gets to the retaining wall and gutters on the overhang for rain water. If it's irrigation, check the watering cycles and system for leaks.

    If it is ground water seeping then you are going to have a bit more work to do. Either excavate behind the walls and put in the french drain and drainage pipes,
    or as Dan said, maybe remove the wall and then put in the required drainage.


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