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Old 02-25-2010, 04:18 PM   #1
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I have a 1 yesr old concrete drywell in my backyard. All the gutters are tied into it off the house. With the snow melt and rain here in CT, I noticed a small 2 inch hole in the soil above the drywell. Water is now streaming out of it.

Is this a case of an undersized drywell? Improper installation? Poor drainage into the surrounding soil? Is this condition going to get worse?

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Old 02-25-2010, 04:30 PM   #2
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Depending upon the roof size you can get 1000g of water or more from a few days of rain like we have had
I've yet to see any drywell that can take that

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It think it is doing what it was designed for- overflowing because it is full, and the soil is too saturated to absorb more water. Just like in a heavy rain storm, the ground can only absorb water so fast before runoff occurs.
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So I have nothing really to worry about? How about maintenance? Is there anyhting I can do to ensure I get years of good use from it? I'm assuming no, since it's buried in the ground.
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If the dry well has a lid, then it could be cleaned. Although this is probably not necessary so long as organic debris is kept out. Keep your gutters clean.
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No lid on this one -- it's one of those big cement ones filled with stone and buried.

Thanks for the advice, though. I'll be sure to keep leaves from making their way in.

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