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Old 05-05-2010, 05:00 PM   #1
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After the last run of storms through the area it became apparent that the whole of my yard drains towards the back of the lot and into my garage. Obviously this isn't a good thing, but I'm not sure how to remedy it since the garage sits roughly on the property lines and the finish floor is 9-12" below grade. If I built up the ground around it I could drain it off to the neighbors but they are nice folks and I don't want to flood out their yards. There is a connection from a downspout that appears to head to the storm sewer in one corner but I don't really know if that is what it is or if it is even a legal connection. The gutter it is attached to is 3/4 of the way gone as is.

The attached PDF has a schematic section & plan showing locations of various site features. I do not know the slope of the site, only that it drains towards the rear. I'll work on getting some pictures up tonight or over the weekend.

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Sizing this type of pump may be tricky.
http://www.pumpstoreusa.com/store/utilitysumppumps/

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I believe that most of the runoff ends up going out under the garage door so I don't think a pump would do much. On the floor of the garage there was evidence of water movement - indicated by sediment on the floor and its patterning.
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You obviously have to isolate each area and see where the main drainage issues are coming from. I would consider calling in a professional to get an assessment. Here's more on the wet basement concept.

http://www.oldhouseweb.com/stories/Detailed/15163.shtml

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What variety of professional would I call in for this issue? Landscaper, Civil Engineer, Plumber, General Contractor? Part of the problem is I don't quite know whose domain it falls under.
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a couple pictures:

http://www.clary-design.com/gallery/yard/IMG_6300.JPG

http://www.clary-design.com/gallery/...rage%20002.JPG

http://www.clary-design.com/gallery/...rage%20004.JPG

the window on the 2nd level is a different issue all together, hopefully one i can minimize this weekend. the garage faces the yard towards the north / northeast. the structure sits on the property lines on both sides, so routing & draining isnt really feasible without permission from the owners on both sides.
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Yeah I would call a professioanl. My uncle has this same problem and had the water going into the street which created a large sheet of ice in the winter time.
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A rain garden might help, more info here:

http://www.landscape-design-advice.c...en-design.html
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I met with a landscaper earlier this week. The drain on the side connects to either the sewer or storm water. His plan would be to install a french drain across the back and tie into the existing drain system. He also recommended something like a rain garden in the left hand corner since it is in the shade all day and getting much to grow there isn't too likely. although that mulberry that needs to come out is growing like crazy.

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