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Old 03-19-2014, 12:52 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I have an area at the back corner of my small back yard that fills with water when it rains. The area is where 3 back yards, mine included, converge. The low area is probably about 200 square feet, but only about 100 square feet is ever inundated with water and the standing water is about 8 inches deep at the deepest point. The low area is quite low compared to the rest of the yard (probably 3 feet deeper than the rest of the yard). This issue does not have an impact on my foundation.

I don't know of a good option to completely eliminate the water. The standard option of putting in a catch basin and diverting to another area of the yard would be very difficult. It would require a 100 foot long, 2-3 foot deep trench trench to the front yard, with numerous trees in the way. Builiding up would put all the water in the neighbors yard.

My question is: Does it make sense to simply put in a catch basin at the lowest spot, put a grate on top to capture some of the water, and let it percolate into the soil. There would be no drainage pipe involved. If that make sense, any ideas on how wide/deep the basin should be and how to construct it (i.e should I put crushed rock around the perimeter?). I guess this would be like the end of a drywell, but with no pipe feeding it water, rather the water coming in from the top. Not sure if this is a waste of time, or if it might help the problem.

Any advise would be much appreciated.

Thanks a lot!

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Can not see your yard from here, can you post a picture?
If there's no place for it to drain the catch basin then it's a waste of time.
Raising the grade may be your bet option.

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Ayuh,.... I'd just fill it in with dirt, 'n let the next lower lot deal with it,...

When those lots were raised, they created yer problem, so give it back to whom ever started the issue,...
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Thanks for the replies. I'll get a picture up tonight
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:17 PM   #5
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Another great way to change the negative to a positive is create a dry wash with rock gravel. ending at the bottom with more gravel. so when it fills with water it will seep through and at least keep it from getting muddy and ugly.
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