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Old 04-27-2009, 03:10 PM   #16
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Hey Fiji,

I can't tell from the photos. Is the area these pipes are to drain to lower than your problem area. It doesn't look like the water has anyplace to go from there?

I would go out there with a shovel, dig a hole as deep as you can. It will likely fill up with water. Go buy a sump pump and plenty of hose and pump and pump and pump. There may be some issues with dirt getting into the pump. But perhaps you can at least see if you can get the overall water level down.

Make sure you discharge the water to an area where it will drain away from your property, but not into someone elses property.


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Old 04-27-2009, 07:10 PM   #17
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Have you considered putting in a storm retention pond?
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Old 04-27-2009, 07:24 PM   #18
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Have you considered putting in a storm retention pond?
He wants an inexpensive quick fix so he can sell the property & pass any possible future problem on to someone else

Just be aware, there could be a problem if you sell the property & do not disclose the drainage issue. Might not be an issue for sale as long as it does not effect the house/basement

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Has anyone heard of this? Someone here recommended it as when baseball fields flood he used this to dry it up quicker.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:31 PM   #20
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Have you considered a pond? Dig out a small pond and grade towards it and the water will flow there. I have no idea the cost of this, but I have seen the effectiveness of this on a swampy area, quite amazing. That is.. .if you want a pond.
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:00 PM   #21
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I have your answer.


I see what is going on in your yard.

What you have is indeed a continual source of groundwater that cannot ever leave your yard (i.e., its trapped). You need to install a deep french drain with a slotted or perforated capture pipe. The trench drain should be installed right in or just uphill of the damaged yard to prevent further occurences of groundwater getting trapped in there. The flowline of the trench and/or capture pipe should ideally be at least 18-24 inches below the lowest point in in the damaged area of the yard. The french drain needs to start at the higher end and be continued towards the lowest side of your yard until the water can be released via daylighting the french drain or capture pipe. Only a small amount of slope is needed to make sure that water gets out. Once you get the french drain and capture pipe in, you can go ahead and do the yard repairs again. You don't need any kind of a permit to do this work on your own property. Just make sure that the water spreads back out where it is released and that it is not concentrated where it can damage your neighbor's yard or house. Consider gravel at the outfall for erosion prevention

It should only cost you maybe $3-$4K for everything if you do this yourself with a ditch witch or bobcat, but nowhere near 12K.



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