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Old 08-12-2009, 11:29 PM   #1
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Since this is my first post and have been looking for an answer to my spring run off issue in my garage, I figured this was the best place to post my question.

I have a 24x23 foot detached garage that was built before I owned the house. Every year during the spring thaw my garage floor gets wet with water. It seeps through the exterior walls due to snow build up. I was thinking of digging a trench around the garage next to the concrete pad and filling the trench with gravel to absorb the run off so it doesn't flood my garage floor. Is this a good idea or should I explore other avenues? Thanks in advance for the help.

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Old 08-13-2009, 12:57 AM   #2
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you could dig a trench and put in some crusher dust and perforated drain tile to divert the water where you want...and if it's on a side where concrete is, you could cut out the concrete and re pour it with a slight pitch to where you want it to go.

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Old 08-13-2009, 07:18 AM   #3
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1st, figure out how to stop the melting snow's liquid from entering the walls you may need a sheet OR brush-applied membrane,,, the pipe's a good idea but NO ' crusher dust ' ( its compactible & will plug piping ) - ONLY clean 3/4" stone maybe soil fabric.

remember wtr runs downhill & takes the path of least resistance - right now its finding the garage floor easiest
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1st, figure out how to stop the melting snow's liquid from entering the walls you may need a sheet OR brush-applied membrane,,, the pipe's a good idea but NO ' crusher dust ' ( its compactible & will plug piping ) - ONLY clean 3/4" stone maybe soil fabric.

remember wtr runs downhill & takes the path of least resistance - right now its finding the garage floor easiest
ooppss..pea gravel would work better.......I musta had crusher dust on my mind.
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Old 08-14-2009, 04:01 PM   #5
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French drain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_drain
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:04 PM   #6
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More good reading: http://www.awc.org/Publications/DCA/DCA6/DCA6.pdf Did you notice the foam board insulation in one picture? It is to help prevent the water in the drain and around from freezing.

to help prevent frost heaving of your garage walls: http://www.oikos.com/esb/43/foundations.html

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