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Speckert 03-27-2014 04:19 PM

Big Puddle Problem
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I think I know the answer but want a couple second opinions before I start digging. Just put in a new driveway that is wider than the old one. The driveway slopes toward the hill and the hill (although small) slopes towards the driveway and you guessed it - puddle!!!! See pic. Soil has a lot of clay content. It takes about a day to drain away and leaves a little brown dirt stain on my new concrete. My thought was this is a classic situation where a little drain tile buried next to the driveway and run out to the gutter drain which heads to the street would drain the area. Do you think this would be enough or should I just go ahead and install a little drain in the edge of the concrete and connect it in to the gutter drain. Hate to cut up the concrete if I don't have to.

JustinK 03-27-2014 06:37 PM

I try to avoid pipes when I can. I would remove the dirt. At least 2' wide and at least an inch below below driveway.

Speckert 03-27-2014 08:43 PM

I will give that a try. A lot less digging involved.

Bondo 03-28-2014 05:36 AM

Ayuh,.... Water, Flows Downhill,.... Lower the dirt,....

mbender2004 03-31-2014 02:22 PM


Originally Posted by Bondo (Post 1329089)
Ayuh,.... Water, Flows Downhill,.... Lower the dirt,....

As sarcastic as this sounds, it is the truth :):)

ddawg16 03-31-2014 02:38 PM

French Drain....

Dig down about 12"....and about 12" wide....lay down a layer of gravel about 8" deep...cover with dirt. The gravel should remove most of the water.

And while your at it...lower the level of the dirt.....and maybe plant some grass?

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