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Drainage Problem...Need Input.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mojob, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    The GM at one of my commercial accounts asked me to take a look at his own yard and the drainage problem it has. I haven't looked at it yet, but from what he tells me, there's a burm or small hill along the back side of the property which isn't allowing the water to drain away from the house. I was planning on finding the low spot and running a trench away from the house. Do I then lay in a "socked" drain pipe and back fill with gravel and put the sod back in place?
  2. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Sounds about right. I've had a lot of experience with drainage (golf course work) and socked or unsocked never seemed to make much difference on draintile. It won't hurt I suppose.

    Maybe throw in a catch basin or two near areas that seem to pond. I'd consider the peagravel backfill with maybe some coarse sand on top. Then sod. IF it's in an area that won't fry. Otherwise, maybe some nice topsoil on top- I'd maybe sock it if soil is used??
  3. EJD Lawnpride

    EJD Lawnpride LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    You don't need to sock it. The sock always would clog before our un-socked drains did in the greens and bunkers. I would put basins in if necessary. You might want to shoot grades to see how well it allowas for surface drain.
  4. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    Thanks for the replies. The basins you're talking about, are those the square buckets with the grate on top that you attach the drain pipes to?
  5. EJD Lawnpride

    EJD Lawnpride LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    Yes. We usally use atleast the 24" However, we usally use 6in. pipe
  6. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 810

    Can you not take the hump off the yard that holding the water in. Then you would not have to worry about pipe.
  7. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Good idea - this should be your first objective since the drain pipe / catch basin approach will sooner or later become another maintenance item.
  8. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    could you skip the pipe and just do a so called french drain with the trench and gravel to create a path of least resistance??? I have a couple of customers with very wet back yards.....

  9. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    You won't be able to assess this job until you actually go look at it.

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