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Old 03-30-2009, 12:48 PM   #16
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You are not supposed to pour water into a drain tile system but rather the drain tile system is supposed to collect the water in a pit which drains or is pumped away from the house.

Which leads to the next question. If you were to put in a sump pump, where would you (where are you supposed to) pump the water?

Isn't the city culvert improperly installed draining street water onto your property instead of to the pond across the street?

If you do excavate a collection area at the far corner and have surplus dirt, you might pile it around the perimeter to retard water runoff from the neighbors rather than pay to have it hauled off.


The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.

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Old 03-31-2009, 07:37 AM   #17
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Sump Pit

I have a drain tiled basement, and a sump pit. Prior to this year, the pit has never had more than an inch or two of water in it, so I've never had a pump installed in it. If I did, I'd pump the water out the side of the house, which is a different side than the one where I'm having the problem.

The water is seeping into the basement through the patio door, so the drain tile isn't able to divert it to the sump pit. A few years ago, the water was up eight inches on the patio door glass.

I live in a rural area, and the city isn't responsive to my street drainage problem. I'd probably have to sue them to make them do anything. I may decide just to block the culvert that drains into my pond but the main problem is the drainage coming from the surrounding properties.

Yesterday I called the contractor who installed my septic system and he's going to give me some options for controlling the spring run-off, such as installing a dry well.
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:12 AM   #18
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Prairie, doing as dragon had suggested is OK, I would just say to make the "patio" area as small as you can so you don't overburden the sump pump.
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:26 AM   #19
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Good idea....

Maybe I could build the short walls as shown in his pictures and install a drain in the bottom that went to a dry well in the yard, rather than to the house drain tile system?

A lot of good ideas....
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End of Story

It's been a year, and I thought I'd tell you how this story ended. In the spring of 2009, I had the berm in my back yard reconfigured into a horseshoe shape, to keep drainage from the yard away from the walkout area. Then the excavator installed a dry well filled with river rock with a grate on top. The grate was six inches below the slab outside the patio door. This spring we didn't have the heavy snow and sudden thawing, so no problems with water in the basement. I still wasn't totally confident that the berm and dry well would take care of the snow that would melt off of the decks and area inside the berm. So, a basement water proofing company will be installing interior drain tile along the wall where the patio door is, and then putting tubes from that through the foundation to the area immediately outside the wall. Inside there will be a new sump pit and pump. The theory is that as the s now melts and drains into the ground, it'll find it's way through the tubes into the interior drain tile and be pumped out of the house. The discharge will be through the finished ceiling (the joists run the right way) into my attached garage, then along the base of the wall and out the end of the garage. This solution is guaranteed for life with a transferrable warrantee, so now I feel I can sell my house next year without passing the problem on to the next owner. Total spent: $4,100.00. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.


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