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Old 06-09-2013, 08:51 AM   #1
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I installed a 50 gallon drywell in my front yard to handle the water discharged from my sump pump (which is a lot in heavy rain- it runs 6-7 times an hour). Previously the sump pump dumped into the yard with an open pipe. The washer also dumps into the sump pit. Using the washer in combination with ground water coming in has caused the drywell to overflow out of the ground and all over the front yard. I'm afraid to put additonal strain on the septic (original system from 1952 I believe) by plumbing the washer into the septic.

- I have city water but no sewer so ground water contamination isn't a worry.
- There's no drainage ditch in the front, so the water just pools up in low spots.
- The road in the front is a state highway and has no drains. In fact, it's sloped towards my property to drain water off the road.
- An additional drywell is maybe possible but there's no real room for it due to buried lines. Also I have a feeling even another 50 gallons won't matter.

What can I do with all this water?


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I would let the sump pump discharge into the yard. 50 gallons is not enough to handle the pump.

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Previously the sump pump dumped into the yard with an open pipe.
- The road in the front is a state highway and has no drains. In fact, it's sloped towards my property to drain water off the road.
What can I do with all this water?
Isn't there a culvert ditch at the road?
How far to the next (downhill) neighbors property?
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Nope, the edge of the road is the start of my grass. My neighbor is close but the land is flat between us.

I could drain into the woods behind my house but it's about 120 feet away slightly uphill.
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Is the street below the grade of the front yard at all? I would use a pipe with a bubbler at the end so the water can bubble into somewhere else. Over here we would have an overflow pipe that goes under the sidewalk through the curbface. If we use a pump we pump to a square catch basin on the front yard property line. And then run a pipe from that through the curbface to gravity flow out.

What do you mean using a washer causes the pump to run? You are pumping dirty water into the drywell?
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The street grade is actually above the grade of the lower part of my lawn. There's no sidewalk, no curb.

Yes, the washer water drains into the drywell.

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